Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Only available to MEng & MSc Software Engineering Students.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 20 hours of seminar


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentations, Participation and Contribution to seminars (assessed by staff and peers)   15%
Semester Assessment A written critique paper of approximately 2000 words.  25%
Semester Assessment Course Work: A survey paper of approximately 6000 words.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

identify and use the main research resources that are available to software engineers

constructively participate in advanced technical debate in the field.

have a general overview of the field of Software Engineering and be aware of focused areas of research interest within it.

present current research at an appropriate level of detail to a technical audience.

produce a survey paper on some current area of Software Engineering research.


This module focuses on current issues in the field of Software Engineering. The module will involve students in an examination of current research literature of interest to software engineers. Significant emphasis is placed on student discussion and peer review.


The content will vary from year to year, but will be based on a selection of current and relevant literature from academic articles, the Web and other sources. Examples include: search engines, semantic webs, data mining, video conferencing, web graphics, peer-to-peer distribution, GRID, OMG Model Driven Architecture, mobile agents etc.

The module is run as a series of tutorials during which students present papers to their peers and where other students are required to prepare and ask relevant questions.

Students are required to write a survey-style paper that necessitates an extensive literature and web search.
Students participate in a conference organized by the Department of Computer Science where they present papers to peers and staff. The aim is to simulate a real academic conference with plenary and technical sessions.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Depends on the papers selected for discussion, but generally no.
Communication Presentations are required, both within tutorials and an internal conference. Students must be able to field questions and argue their point of view.
Improving own Learning and Performance The assessed coursework requires students to develop their understanding of issues associated with the module
Information Technology Inherent in subject
Personal Development and Career planning Gives students the flavor of life as a professional software engineer
Problem solving The required papers address challenging issues concerned with developing software systems
Research skills Students will be required to read journals and on-line sources
Team work No

Reading List

Students will be directed to the primary literature and will be expected to search for additional material themselves Primo search The Department produces a handbook to accompany this module Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7