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Unit information: Software Engineering and Group Project in 2020/21

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Unit name Software Engineering and Group Project
Unit code COMSM1401
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lock
Open unit status Not open

COMSM1201 Programming in C

COMSM1401 Overview of Computer Architecture


Object-Oriented Programming with Java

Overview of Software Tools

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This is an MSc-only unit. The aims of this unit are to introduce you to the basic principles of software engineering, reinforce your software development skills, and to apply these skills as part of a team.

This unit teaches the use of well-established software engineering techniques, and involves you working in groups to design, specify and implement some software system.

Software Engineering: structured programming; modularisation; object-oriented techniques; specification; verification; validation; testing; debugging; the software engineering life-cycle; extreme programming.

Project Management: introduction to project management - how to manage teams; PM and team roles; requirement specification; task allocation; scheduling and planning.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Specific objectives include: become familiar with programming issues, object oriented design, design patterns, and different types of software development including the different stages of the software development lifecyle gain experience with techniques such as task allocation, project management, agile programming, version control, unit testing, continuous integration, and a range of related tools find out about a variety of industrial areas and possible career directions, and reflect on the 'philosophy' of the subject.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

100% Coursework

Reading and References

  • Diller, A. Z: An Introduction to Formal Methods (Second edition) (Wiley. 1994) ISBN: 0471939730 (Background)
  • Field, M. and Keller L., Project Management (Thomson Publishing, 1998) ISBN: 1861522746 (Recommended)
  • Sommerville, I., Software Engineering (7th edition) (Addison-Wesley, 2004) ISBN: 0321210263 (Recommended)