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CS5031 Software Engineering Practice

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module introduces advanced software engineering methods supporting the development of complex, composite software systems with an emphasis on software configuration management, reuse and test-driven development practices. It examines software reuse at different levels of scale, from software libraries and components to service-oriented architectures and discusses how reuse presents both challenges and opportunities for the development of quality software. A key process in today's software engineering practice is testing; the module introduces testing methods that complement the different scales of reuse-oriented development, from unit-level testing to integration testing and system-level testing. Students work on a project to design, implement and test a complex, distributed application to put the content of the lectures into practice. Reference is made to the content of the co-requisite Software Engineering Principles module where appropriate, so that students learn how the practices studied fit into a larger software engineering lifecycle.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Computer Science BSc, Joint Computer Science degrees, Computer Science MSci

UG Pre-requisite(s):(CS2001 or CS2101) and CS2002
UG Modules required for:CS5032, CS5033, CS5039


Compulsory for Software Engineering Postgraduate Programme.

Optional for other Postgraduate Programmes.

PG Co-requisite(s):CS5001, CS5030
PG Modules required for:CS5032, CS5033, CS5039

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:Weekly lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 25
  • Guided independent study: 125

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:No Re-assessment available
Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


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