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Postgraduate Course: Software Development (INFD11017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummarySoftware development is more than just writing programs and this course provides an introduction to the complete range of software development activities, from gathering requirements through to evaluation of a finished product. The course describes how software development projects are created and managed to achieve the delivery of high-quality, efficient, robust, portable, usable software products. You will be introduced to areas of increasing prominence in both academia and industry including the importance of software sustainability and the rise of agile methods and extreme programming. The course should support in the understanding of the value of practical software development skills to the HPC, computational science and engineering.
Course description Course Topics:
- Software Development Projects and Processes
- Development Models
- Project Approaches including Agile and PRINCE2
- Project Planning: Task Scheduling and Risks
- Design: Requirements Capture and Prioritisation, Interfaces, Code, System
- Software Testing
- Usability and Evaluation
- Project Teams and Communications
- Project Reviews
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 9, Online Activities 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100 %.

This is a practical course and is assessed by two pieces of coursework undertaken by groups.
Feedback Provided on assessed work within 15 working days of deadlines and through tutorial and discussion sessions. One-to-one appointments can also be arranged for further insight
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and execute the different processes in software development
  2. Develop and evaluate designs against prioritised requirements
  3. Identify, prioritise and develop strategies for change and risk management
  4. Identify, evaluate and propose communication methods for development projects
  5. Develop a professional approach to software development
Reading List
LEGANTO list provided
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Effective written and diagrammatic communication.
Reflection on learning and practice.
Adaptation to circumstances.
Collaborative and cooperative working practices.
Risk Analysis
Time management
Project Management
Self-awareness and reflection
Interpersonal and teamwork skills
Solution Exploration, Evaluation and Prioritisation.
KeywordsSoftware development,planning,risk analysis,risk management,requirements,EPCC,HPC,HPCwDS,Online
Course organiserMr Alistair Grant
Tel: (0131 6)50 5028
Course secretaryMr James Richards
Tel: 90131 6)51 3578
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