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Undergraduate Course: Software Architecture, Process, and Management (Level 10) (INFR10024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/sapm Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course considers the many ways in which development and maintenance of large software systems differs from that of small systems. It discusses the high level architectural decisions that may control the complexity of such systems,
and the architectural degradation that leads to legacy systems. It considers the processes by which large systems can be developed and the role of managers in planning and guiding development, predicting and mitigating risks, and improving quality.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Software Engineering with Objects and Components (INFR09016)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Software Architecture, Process, and Management (Level 11) (INFR11038)
Other requirements Successful completion of Year 3 of an Informatics Single or Combined Honours Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2012/13 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 17:10 - 18:00
CentralLecture1-11 17:10 - 18:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 17:10 - 18:00, Zone: Central. Hugh Robson Lecture Theatre, Robson Building
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Describe and explain the challenges inherent in large-scale system development and outline techniques with which managers can help meet these challenges.
2 - Propose and justify architectural decisions for large-scale, long-lived systems.
3 - Explain why software reuse is difficult, and some approaches for increasing software reuse.
4 - Summarize and apply approaches for maintaining and replacing legacy code.
5 - Compare and contrast development processes (e.g. Extreme Programming and the Unified Process) and explain their application to a project.
6 - Analyse the significant sources of risk for particular projects and suggest ways to reduce the risks.
7 - Describe, and in some cases be able to use, tools relevant to large-scale, long-term development, such as requirements management, configuration, build, test, and project management tools.
8 - Critically reflect on given software engineering related articles, from the peer-reviewed literature and elsewhere.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 75
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0

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
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Large scale software
- The difference that scale makes: from single-person projects to ultra-large systems
- Tool use: revision control, con figuration management, bug/issue tracking, testing, documentation, and other tools
- Architectural principles and patterns
- Components, product lines and other forms of reuse
- Maintaining and replacing legacy systems

Software Development Processes
- High ceremony processes
- Agile development
- Quality assurance
- Process improvement
- Critical systems, sociotechnical systems, and dependability
- Open source development

Planning and Managing Software Projects
- Requirements management
- Planning projects using size and cost estimation
- Risk management
- Project tracking and change management
- Project and people management: successful teamwork

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Professionalism, Software Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Required: Lecture notes and readings distributed in class or online
* Recommended: Sommerville, Software Engineering, Addison Wesley (any edition)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 15
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 15
Private Study/Other 70
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
Email: mcryan@inf.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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