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Undergraduate Course: Software Engineering Large Practical (INFR09045)

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SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.

This 20 credit course replaces INFR09039 AI Large Practical (10 credits).
Course description 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:
- Proposal: negotiating well-scoped and de ned requirements for the practical.
- Design: 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.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Computer Based Systems, Software Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design, Professionalism
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Computer Science Large Practical (INFR09044) OR AI Large Practical (INFR09043) OR Software Engineering Large Practical (INFR09039) AND Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11137)
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, debugging, documentation and programming in a language such as Java.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 188 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework - 100%
One large design and implementation project, done in three parts.
1 - The first part consists of a proposal document specifying functional and non-functional requirements on the project (formative assessment).
2 - The second part is a design document, presenting the plan of the implementation work which will realise the design (50% of course total).
3 - The third part is the implementation. This should be a well-engineered implementation of the previously-supplied design (50% of course total).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show awareness of current software engineering technologies and demonstrate the ability to select the appropriate technologies for a project.
  2. Present a convincing proposal for a software development project.
  3. Show awareness of the difference between design and implementation in software development.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with modern software development platforms and frameworks.
  5. Exhibit the ability to manage a medium- to large-scale software development project from proposal to final implementation.
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Course organiserDr Stephen Gilmore
Tel: (0131 6)50 5189
Course secretaryMrs Victoria Swann
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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