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COMP2912 Software Engineering Principles

10 creditsClass Size: 500

Module manager: Owen Johnson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

COMP1721 Object Oriented Programming


COMP1721Object Oriented Programming

Module replaces

COMP2931 Software Engineering

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Commercial software development involves much more than programming.Software developers also need to be able to capture requirements effectively, design an appropriate software architecture and turn this into an efficient, well-tested and maintainable implementation. The whole process needs to be managed in a way that delivers the maximum value to project stakeholders. In this module, students will learn approaches to software project management that are widely used in industry and acquire skills in commercially-relevant techniques for the design, implementation and testing of software.


In this module, students will learn commercially-relevant project management and software development techniques that build on their programming skills, enabling them to tackle larger projects and produce more robust, better-engineered software.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:

- Describe the software development lifecycle and key legal, social and ethical issues surrounding software development
- Evaluate software development approaches in terms of their appropriateness for different types of project
- Select and use appropriate industry-standard tools and techniques in the process of software development

Skills outcomes
Software Project Management
Analysis and Design


This module covers the following three topic areas:

- Principles and Processes: Software Lifecycle; Legal, Social and Ethical Context; Risk Management; Traditional and Agile Approaches; Planning and Estimation
- Techniques: Requirements Capture, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Design Patters, Testing & Test-Driven Development
- Tools: UML, Integrated Development Environments, Version Control Systems, Unit and Integration Testing Tools, Build Automation, Continuous Integration

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The 20 hours of independent online learning involves students working through a series of practical worksheets, with associated short online MCQ tests to self-assess progress. These are supported by 'drop-in' lab sessions, which provide optional help for those that need it.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework 1- Writing a Software Design Brief20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

This module is re-assessed by online time-limited assessment only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/07/2022 12:24:45


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