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Undergraduate Course: Software Engineering Large Practical (INFR09039)

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 Software Engineering Large Practical exposes students to the problems that arise with the design and implementation of large scale software 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 Students MUST NOT also be taking Computer Science Large Practical (INFR09040) OR AI Large Practical (INFR09018)
Students MUST NOT also be taking Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11071)
Other requirements This course is open to all undergraduate Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.

Students are assumed to have competence in design, programming, debugging, documentation and programming in Java.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 90 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Describe the design and development process, and be able to relate this process to their own experience.
- Plan to manage complex systems with competing requirements.
- Consider and compare possible structures for a design.
- Read technical papers and extract relevant content.
- Plan to manage their time and resources in completing a large project.
- Implement and debug a software system of medium to large size
- Write clear and concise documentation.
- Analyse the performance of a system.
Assessment Information
Assessed Assignments 100

One large design and implementation project, assessed in two parts. The first part consists of exercises to help students gain familiarity with a provided base system, relevant libraries and underlying algorithms. In the second part, an application of the base system is presented to the students. Students must refine the application specification, propose and implement a design, and test their implementation. Students submit both their implementation and a report that presents and analyses their specification, design, implementation and tests.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus This project gives students experience in developing a non-trivial software 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 Not entered
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 organiserMr Vijayanand Nagarajan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3440
Course secretaryMiss Claire Edminson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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