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Undergraduate Course: CS/SE Individual Practical (INFR09030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Individual Programming project exposes students to the problems that arise with the design and implementation of large scale computer systems, and to methods of coping with such problems. Students will gain experience in how to:

* Design clearly and coherently structured systems
* Choose the appropriate means of implementation
* Discover and use relevant information
* Schedule their work load
* Present their work in a clear and concise way.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Successful completion of Year 2 of an Informatics Single or Combined Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School. Students are assumed to have competence in design, programming, debugging, documentation and programming in Java.

This course is not available to VUG students.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  0
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 12:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Friday, 12:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. 7GSQ F21
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Describe the software design and development process, and be able to relate this process to their own experience.
2 - Plan to manage complex systems with competing requirements.
3 - Consider and compare possible structures for a design.
4 - Read technical papers and extract relevant content.
5 - Plan to manage their time and resources in completing a large project.
6 - Write and debug a program consisting of one to two thousand lines of code.
7 - Write clear and concise documentation.
8 - Analyse the performance of a system.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 0
Assessed Assignments 100
Oral Presentations 0

One large programming project, assessed in two parts. The first part consists of exercises to help students gain familiarity with a provided code base, relevant libraries and underlying algorithms. In the second part, an application of the code base is presented to the students. Students must refine the application specification, propose and implement a design, and test their implementation. Students submit both their code and a report that presents and analyses their specification, design, implementation and tests.

If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus This project gives students experience in developing a non-trivial system and providing some analysis of its behaviour. In particular the student gains practical experience of:

* Design: ensuring the requirement is well scoped and defined and constructing a design at a level of detail that allows some prediction of the behaviour of the system without committing to implementation detail.
* Implementation: implementing and testing a working prototype of the design.
* Analysis: providing some analysis of the characteristics of the design.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Computer Based Systems, Software Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design, Professionalism
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Steve McConnell. Code Complete: a practical handbook of software construction. 2nd Edition. Microsoft Press. 2004. ISBN: 0-7356-1967-0
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 8
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 70
Private Study/Other 22
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Nigel Goddard
Tel: (0131 6)51 3091
Course secretaryMiss Tamise Totterdell
Tel: 0131 650 9970
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