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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The production and maintenance of modern internet-based software systems demands the use of modern software engineering processes and software management, with relevant application of the appropriate software lifecycle model.


  • Project Management
  • Software Requirement Specification
  • Design
  • UML
  • Essays and research in Software Engineering
  • Testing
  • Software quality assurance
  • Software Process Improvement
  • Software maintenance and evolution

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A detailed understanding of modern software engineering and software development practices
  • Problems and solutions to developing software in teams
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Gained first hand experience of the process of software development
  • Evaluated issues regarding design of software application for the internet
  • Be competent at the use of UML within the design and specification of software
Key Skills:
  • Reflected on the complexities of group as opposed to individual software development
  • Scrutinized their working practices and investigated how these can be made more efficient

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module comprises 2 weeks of lectures, directed reading and group work; and two weeks undertaking a major assignment. The overall workload conforms to the standard SLAT requirement of 150 hours equivalent to 15 credits. The laboratory assignment will include group project work, where the overall design objective is met by a team, typically of 4 or 5 students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 2 per day in week 2 3 hours 18
Tutorials 4 as required 30 mins 2
Preparation and Reading, plus Group Work 130
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Laboratory report Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group work 60%
Individual report 40%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback from a tutor at group tutorials

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University