Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Advanced Software Engineering
Academic Year
Semester 2
Only available to MEng year 4.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Participation and contribution.  15%
Semester Assessment Conference type of poster representing approximately 20 hours work.  25%
Semester Assessment A literature review (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:

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

2. constructively participate in advanced technical debate in the field;

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

4. produce a literature review (survey paper) on some current area of Software Engineering research

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


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.

Brief description

The course will be mainly presented through seminars. For each seminar a member of staff will assign papers that everyone will be expected to read. One student will present each paper, and each student will give two presentations during the course of the module. Others will prepare discussion questions. Presentations and contribution are worth 15% of your mark.

Sessions given by staff will include basic research training, covering topics such as finding and citing sources from the literature, writing a literature review and giving a poster presentation.

Students will be expected to give a poster presentation and to write a literature review. The poster presentation will be worth 25% of your mark and the literature review (survey paper) will be worth 60% of your mark.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students are required to participate in seminars, give oral and poster presentations and a literature review.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will use experience and discussion of their first presentations to improve subsequent ones.
Information Technology Inherent in the module.
Personal Development and Career planning
Research skills Students will be required to acquire further knowledge from journals and on-line sources for presentations, poster and literature review.
Subject Specific Skills Obtaining and evaluating information sources.


This module is at CQFW Level 7