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CS5031   Software Engineering Practice

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate - Before taking this module you must pass CS2002 and (pass CS2001 or pass CS2101)

Co-requisite(s): Postgraduate - In the same year as taking this module you should take CS5030 and take CS5001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Weekly lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

Scheduled learning hours: 25

Guided independent study hours: 125

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available


Module teaching staff: TBC Module coordinator(s): Director of Postgraduate Teaching - Computer Science (