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Team Project Minor (H) COMPSCI4070

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course gives students the experience of working on a substantial team based software project. The course provides the opportunity to apply the principles, practices and tools learned during the associated Professional Software Development (H) course.


Weekly half-day laboratory in conjunction with Professional Software Development (H).

Requirements of Entry

Object Oriented Software Engineering 2 (or equivalent)

Java Programming 2 (or equivalent)

Algorithms and Data Structures 2 (or equivalent)

Excluded Courses

Team Project (H)


Professional Software Development (H)

Systems Programming (H)


Assessment is split between:

Assessment during progress demonstrations and requirements gathering during the year (20%)

A final presentation (10%)

Software engineering practice assessment (25%)

Final software product assessment (20%)

Case study dissertation of the team's experience as a software team (25%)


The reduced credits for the course mean that Team Project H (minor) student teams are required to produce a substantially smaller software system compared with Team Project H teams.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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 it is done as part of a group. 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 redoing of such coursework over the summer.

Course Aims

To introduce students to the constraints and challenges of long lived software development projects. To provide the opportunity to practice software industry standard practices and tools for managing the complexity of large scale software development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Manage a small scale team based software project in a disciplined and organised manner;

2. Work with a customer in a problem domain to elaborate, specify and refine requirements;

3. Select, and employ industry standard software practices and tools as appropriate within a software process;

4. Present project progress through short demonstrations;

5. Review, analyse and adapt project processes within a process improvement framework.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.