2 x 60-minute lectures weekly
1 x 60-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 60-minute workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of COMP1712, COMP2731, COMP8731 has been successfully completed
Topic description

The topic presents the key concepts and best practices of software engineering - particularly those associated with the software lifecycle, both traditional and agile. Approaches to quality assurance throughout the lifecycle will be introduced. Specific attention will be paid to the first phase of the lifecycle, that is, requirements elicitation, analysis and specification, which will be the focus of a project. Industry standard notations and documentation guidelines will be used.

Educational aims

In broad terms, this topic presents an introduction to most of the major software engineering activities and methodologies. This topic introduces the various aspects of software engineering, with an emphasis on the development of large software systems by teams. (This emphasis is important since most software projects involve working as members of such teams.) Through specific Masters-level tutorial, practical and assessment work, consideration will be given to application of this knowledge and skills within the context of professional contributions to the management of an enterprise's information space through the use of advanced knowledge and technical skills in Information Technology

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of the various phases of the software lifecycle and other software engineering activities
  2. Discuss various approaches to carrying out these phases and activities, identifying critical tasks and issues
  3. Display an appreciation of the nature of teamwork particularly in software engineering
  4. Contribute to the production of a software requirements specification according to a relevant standard for such specification
  5. Conduct independent additional studies on software engineering related problems and share findings in a professional manner