Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Only available to MSc students.

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 40 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 20 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Programming project and report.  Represents 120 hours work, approximately 8,000-10,000 words.  75%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Exam  25%
Supplementary Assessment Resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/nonsubmitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Analyse a complex software engineering problem.

Design and implement an original solution to the problem.

Test and critically evaluate their solution.

Critically asses the relative merits of various software development methodologies within the context of the given problem and nature of the project team.

Apply the chosen software development methodology to solve the given problem.

Critically explain the relative merits of alternative server-side technologies.

Demonstrate a critical appreciation of design issues encountered when deveolping multi-tier, distributed applications.


Students will learn about enterprise design patterns, platform interoperability and the development of distributed applications. What is learned is then applied within a group project.

Brief description

This module builds on CHM5820 examining further the development processes, techniques and technologies for constructing Internet-based, distrbuted software systems. Particular emphasis is placed on studying and applying enterpise design patterns. Students, working in small groups, will build, using a modern software engineering methodology, a distributed application that employs the technologies and concepts taught in this and previous modules.


1. Introduction to module. Provides a road-map to the module, with a brief overview of main concepts and how they interrelate.
2. Construction technologies. Examination of technical solutions for building enterprise applications as provided by enterprise Java and .NET for building distributed applications. These include support for server-side MVC, e.g. JavaServer Faces; buisiness objects, e.g. Enterprise JavaBeans; object to relational mapping, e.g. MS LINQ, Java Persistence API; messaging systems, e.g. Java Messaging Service.
3. Design issues. A number of enterprise application design patterns will be reviewed within the context of technologies discussed in 2. Building multi-tier applications requires developers to know more than just technologies, they must also know and use design techniques suited to their development. Students will learn about reusable enterprise design patterns, and in particular those used for the development of distributed, multi-tier applications.
Group project
1. Group Project Tutorials. Students will be required to undertake a group project where materials taught in this and earlier modules will be applied to build a distributed application. Students will be required to choose, justify and follow an appropriate software development methodology.
Tutorials will be undertaken throughout the project to set out the content of the project, and the terms on which it will be developed and assessed. Such tutorials will be undertaken where students are able to complete their project with the help and advice of teaching staff.
1. Written Material. Various written material giving guidance on carrying out the project, assessment issues, and the project submission is provided by the Department.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will practice communication skills during the tutorials and group assignment.
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 flavour of life as a professional software engineer.
Problem solving Deciding on an appropriate design when developing a software engineering application.
Research skills Students will be required to acquire further knowledge from books and on-line sources.
Subject Specific Skills Enterprise Java and .Net (or equivalent).
Team work This is a group project so team work is important.


This module is at CQFW Level 7