Software Engineering Full Year Placement Review COMPSCI5101

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The MSci Software Engineering with Work Placement students in fourth year undertake a full year placement of ten to twelve months to gain relevant practical experience. This is an exercise for their fifth year to reflect on the work done during their time in industry.


One day presentation and poster to third students on the fourth year work placement.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





A final report 40% on the year placement. A final visit 10%. Poster describing placement and reflection on tools and practices employed 25%

Presentation 25%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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. 


Assessment takes place during and immediately after the placement, so it is not possible to re-assess without redoing the placement.

Course Aims

To allow the students to reflect on the learning during the fourth year twelve month work placement.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Describe applicability of practices, methods and tool taught in software engineering and other academic computing science courses to real world software development efforts;

2. Present a summary of their contribution during their placement;

3. Discuss and reflect on their experiences during their placement.

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.