Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Software Engineering (M) COMPSCI5059

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

To introduce the basic concepts in software engineering;

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

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

To introduce different approaches to software project management, and a variety of tools are available to support effective management of software development projects.

To introduce economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental, and professional issues involved in the widespread deployment of information technology.

Timetable

Guided independent study for 5 credits during the Spring semester (50 hours).

Four days over two weeks (2 days/week) for 10 credits over the summer (100 hours).

It is no known yet which two weeks or which days this will be.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

Programming

Assessment

1.5 class test (70%), coursework (30%).

(we note that there is no option for class test in the above)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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.

 

Students can resit the class test.

Course Aims

To introduce the basic concepts of software engineering and project management in the small;

To study the generic components of requirements gathering and specification.

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

To develop program comprehension and design skills.

To familiarize students with the inherent problems and components of managing software development projects and differing approaches to software project management.

To stimulate thinking about the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental implications of the widespread and sustainable use of IT and to develop students' awareness of the laws and professional codes of conduct governing the IT industry. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

1. Carry out a requirements analysis and write a requirements definition;

2. Create UML class diagrams which model aspects of the domain and the software solution;

3. Apply design principles and patterns while designing and implementing simple systems;

4. Carry out testing of programs and apply simple measurement techniques to software;

5. Produce clear, concise, and sufficiently formal documentation appropriate for the design and development of existing systems and programs developed in practical exercises;

6. Apply a variety of project management techniques to software project management scenarios of varying complexity;

7. Explain the principal economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental, and professional issues and regulations in information technology (IT);

8. Discuss the breadth of software engineering and project management practices.

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.