School of Computer Science

Module 06-21936 (2017)

Fundamentals Software Engineering

Level 4/M C

Rami Bahsoon Semester 1 10 credits
Co-ordinator: Rami Bahsoon
Reviewer: Alan Sexton

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.

Outline

The module will explore some of the fundamentals of software engineering. Topics will include: an introduction to software engineering: the software life cycle and methodologies for software development. The module is particularly suitable for MSc students who have little previous background in Computer Science.


Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • Introduce the software life-cycle and its main stages
  • Demonstrate that the production of quality software in a cost-effective and productive way requires a systematic and disciplined approach

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. explain why the production of a large, quality-assured piece of software is a task demanding a disciplined approach to all stages, closely analogous to the methodology used in more traditional engineering activities
  2. explain the concept of the software lifecycle
  3. demonstrate knowledge of relevant concepts for each stage of the software life-cycle
  4. understand the application of software engineering approaches, both as an introduction to professional practice and as an aid to project work
  5. assess the effectiveness of software engineering techniques in a case study

Restrictions

None


Taught with


Teaching methods

2 hrs lectures/tutorials per week

Contact Hours: 24


Assessment

Sessional: 1.5hr examination (80%), continuous assessment (20%)

Supplementary (where allowed): 1.5 hour examination (100%)


Detailed Syllabus

  1. Introduction: definitions and history of software engineering; models of the software lifecycle.
  2. Requirements definition: outline, documentation, validation.
  3. Design: general concepts of traditional designs (structure, modularity, hierarchy), inheritance; design methods; validation.
  4. Implementation: choice of language and coding strategies; testing and debugging, including white-box and black-box testing.
  5. Validation: techniques for each stage - informal reviews, formal reviews, testing, formal proofs.
  6. Documentation: quality, types, techniques for each stage.
  7. Management of software projects: principles; personnel issues; estimation, scheduling and costing.

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