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Undergraduate Course: Informatics 2C - Introduction to Software Engineering (INFR08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course gives an overview of the engineering of software systems. It introduces the main activities and concerns of industrial and commercial software engineering, and enables students to go beyond programming towards software engineering in their own work.

*** Please note this course has been replaced by Informatics 2 - Software Engineering and Professional Practice (INFR08032) from 2020-21***
Course description The aim is to understand and execute the process of building software systems. The process will entail capturing requirements as use-cases, modelling the system using class and sequence diagrams, implementing the system using Java and running requirements-based tests and system level tests. Beyond the construction process itself, some important surrounding concerns are
introduced including: satisfying non-functional requirements, building good human interfaces, and considering various software licensing models.

The core topics covered, all at introductory level, in this course are:
* Software engineering as a discipline: history, professionalism, ethics
* Software engineering activities: requirements capture; design; implementation; testing, debugging
and maintenance; software process management.
* Modelling in UML (use cases, class diagrams, sequence diagrams).
* Design principles and their influence on maintainability of software.
* Software configuration management.
* Verification, validation and testing.
* Software usability and HCI issues.
* Economic and social aspects of software ownership, patents and licensing.
* Software quality assurance.

Some further topics will also be covered, depending on topicality and lecturer's expertise. These might include, for example:
* Model-driven development: how to use UML for construction, not just description, of systems
* Software in the world: embedded systems, web services, cloud computing, autonomous computing and other means of delivering functionality
* Agile software development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Informatics 1 - Computation and Logic (INFR08012) AND Informatics 1 - Functional Programming (INFR08013)) OR Informatics 1 - Introduction to Computation (INFR08025)
Students MUST have passed: Informatics 1 - Data and Analysis (INFR08015) AND Informatics 1 - Object-Oriented Programming (INFR08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements INF1-Introduction to Computation (INFR08025) replaces INF1-Computation and Logic (INFR08012) and INF1-Functional Programming (INFR08013) from 2018/19.
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain how to apply commonly agreed ethical principles to a software engineering situation , and motivate and describe the activities in the software engineering process
  2. Construct use cases for the system requirements , and explain and construct UML class diagrams and sequence diagrams
  3. Understand and construct a software system using Java , and assess the software system using testing and other appropriate tools
  4. Evaluate aspects of human usability of an application program or web site
  5. Compare different approaches to software licensing
Reading List
1. "Software Engineering". Ian Sommerville. 10th Ed. Pearson. 2016.
2. "UML Distilled". Martin Fowler. 3rd Ed. Addison-Wesley. 2004.
3. "Using UML". Perdita Stevens with Rob Pooley. 2nd Ed. Addison-Wesley. 2006.

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Course organiserDr Cristina Alexandru
Tel: (0131 6)51 1739
Course secretaryMs Kendal Reid
Tel: (0131 6)51 3249
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