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CS3528: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

In this module, which is the follow-up of CS3028, students will focus on the team-based development of a previously specified, designed, and concept-proofed software system. Each team will build their product to industrial-strength quality standards following an agile process and applying the software engineering concepts, methods, and tools introduced in CS3028. The course includes a series of mandatory participatory seminars on professional and management issues in IT and IT projects. Students will be expected to relate their engineering work to these issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ernesto Compatangelo

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Building on top of the first term software engineering principles course, software engineering and professional practice aims at providing students with an in-depth understanding of disciplined approaches to the software development process and, with equal important, an understanding of professional and management issues in IT.

This course is heavily teamwork-based and much of this focuses on the engineered development of a software project chosen by students at the beginning of the sibling software engineering principles course in the first half-session.

The course also covers the core professional topics of current relevance in the IT industry. This will include management topics of relevance to software projects and the IT industry more generally, specifically including the management of risk. Students will be expected to place their software projects in this contect.

 

Course Content

  1. Team-based software development: proof-of-concept-based requirements analysis review, modular software design, quality-based software coding, testing and deployment.
  2. Legal, social, ethical and professional issues in IT: ethics; safety; privacy and data protection; organisations and their structure; finance and management accounting; human resources management; risk management; legal obligations; intellectual property; professional institutions and codes of conduct.
  3. Project management and teamwork skills; managing teams and the development process; technical and personal self-management as a team member in the workplace.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week25

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 39

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Feedback

Word count 1000-2000

 

A report describing how the professional topics component of the course relates to the software project. This is to include legal, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPIs). As well as the general LSEPIs relevant to the project, it should specifically include project and risk management arrangements. It should identify risks associated with commercializing the software, or otherwise making it public.

 

Feedback via MyAberdeen VLE and using a standard marking template.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseProject management and teamwork skills.
ProceduralApplyWritten, and verbal, communication skills.
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstanding and operative knowledge of legal, social, ethical and professional issues in the wider IT sector. In particular, this includes management skills and risk management for IT.

Teamwork technical report; complete software release; team-based project presentation +software demo

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 39

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Feedback

Word count: 12,00-17,000

Feedback via MyAberdeen VLE and using a standard marking template.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseProject management and teamwork skills.
ProceduralApplyWritten, and verbal, communication skills.
ProceduralCreateIn-depth operative knowledge of essential aspects of the team-based software development process for a medium-sized software-centric system.
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstanding and operative knowledge of legal, social, ethical and professional issues in the wider IT sector. In particular, this includes management skills and risk management for IT.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateIn-depth operative knowledge of essential aspects of the team-based software development process for a medium-sized software-centric system.
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstanding and operative knowledge of legal, social, ethical and professional issues in the wider IT sector. In particular, this includes management skills and risk management for IT.
ProceduralApplyWritten, and verbal, communication skills.
ProceduralAnalyseProject management and teamwork skills.

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