School of Computer Science

Module 06-17442 (2011)

Commercial Programming (Extended)

Level 4/M

Rami Bahsoon Andrew Howes Semester 1 10 credits
Reviewer: Ela Claridge

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


The aims of this module are to:

  • prepare students for leaving university and entering industry/commerce by bridging the gap between the academic view and the industrial/commercial view of Computer Science / Software Engineering (CS/SE)
  • expose students to some of the breadth, variety and applications of CS/SE in current practice, helping them to see their degree as the foundation rather than the culmination of their education
  • enhance the motivation and learning experience of students by drawing on the experience of industrial/commercial practitioners and the immediacy of current challenges that they are facing
  • discuss some technical topics in CS/SE that have industrial/commercial relevance but for which there is little space elsewhere in the syllabus

Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an appreciation of an Industry/Commerce viewpoint on, or usage of, some issues or topics in CS/SE
  • demonstrate understanding of some topics in CS/SE that are of relevance to Industry/Commerce
  • carry out independent literature research on topics in CS/SE

Taught with

Teaching methods

2 hrs of lectures per week, mostly by visiting speakers from Industry/Commerce.

Detailed Syllabus

The precise topics and speakers are chosen to lie in the following approximate areas. 1. Software Engineering 2. Software Technologies and Systems 3. Managerial and Organizational Issues 4. Legal issues