The fifth edition of Schach's Object-Oriented and Classical Software Engineering features updated topic coverage and a revampted pedagogy. The addition of new "How to Perform" boxes that summarize important techniques, new synopses, new outlines, and a more detailed Case Study highlight some of the pedagogical changes that add a more practical flavor to the book.
Schach uses a student-friendly two-part organization, which presents the theoretical foundations for software engineering in Part I and then goes on to cover the life-cycle phases in Part II. One of the key features in Part II is the use of a Case Study to illustrate the techniques being presented. In the fifth edition, the author has added more details to the running case study in order to give students a better understanding of how to actually practice the techniques they are learning. Follow-up problems, requiring students to modify the Case Study, allow students to learn by doing.