Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • COMP2281 Software Engineering OR COMP2252 Software Engineering


Excluded Combination of Modules


  • To understand and practice well established project management techniques required for the development of a significant piece of software within a team environment


  • Project management frameworks and application
  • Leadership and innovation
  • Managing change
  • Practical management skills

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to:
  • Compose a project management plan
  • Assess project management frameworks and evaluate their appropriateness
  • Evaluate leadership success
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to:
  • Employ modern project management techniques in a group environment
  • Combine theoretical frameworks with practical implementation to effectively manage a team
  • Employ management of change processes in a real-world project
Key Skills:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • An ability in technical writing, oral presentation and social interaction
  • An ability to apply management methods and techniques to a real-world project
  • An ability to solve problems in a team environment

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

  • Lectures enable students to learn the principles of software project management, and appreciate how these may be applied
  • Practical classes to enable students to develop and apply their knowledge to a real-world problem in a team environment
  • Coursework to assess the knowledge acquired and the practical implementation of this knowledge

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 16 1 per week 1 hour 16
Practical Classes 19 1 per week 2 hours 38
Self Study and Group Leadership 46
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Summative Assignment 100% No

Formative Assessment:

Formative feedback will be given during the coursework students undertake

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