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Object-Oriented Software Engineering 2 COMPSCI2008

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the basic concepts of software engineering. Students will learn methods for the design, implementation, testing and documentation of larger object-oriented programs, and will also develop program comprehension and design skills by studying and extending existing programs.


Two 1 hour lectures per week, one-hour Tutorial/Examples class per week, 2-hour weekly lab sessions. 

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Level 2 Computing Science is guaranteed to students who achieve a GPA of B3 or better in their level 1 courses at the first sitting. All others would be at the discretion of the School.


All grades for Computing Science courses must be at D3 or better at either attempt.

Excluded Courses

Java and Object Oriented Software Engineering 2


Java Programming 2 or equivalent


1.5 hour examination (80%), coursework (20%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The coursework cannot be redone because the feedback provided to the students after the original coursework would give any student redoing the coursework an unfair advantage. The nature of the coursework is such that it takes a significant number of days to produce it and this effort is infeasible for supporting the re-doing of such coursework over the summer. The coursework is linked to another piece of coursework and cannot be completed in isolation.

Course Aims

■ To introduce the basic concepts of software engineering;

■ To present methods for the design, implementation and documentation of larger object-oriented programs;

■ To develop program comprehension and design skills by studying and extending existing programs;

■ To introduce different approaches to software testing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand different requirements and software modelling techniques.

2. Apply design principles and patterns while designing and implementing simple systems, based on reusable technology;

3. Use simple software architectures in engineering interaction between software components;

4. Identify different coding defects and how they can be identified and managed;

5. Understand different approaches to software testing;

6. Apply a range of measurement and analysis techniques to improve quality of software;

7. Discuss the breadth of software engineering.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at the degree exam, submission of at least one of the two assignments, and attendance at three or more lab sessions.