|Delivery length / details
|20 x 1 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|2 Hours Written Exam
|2 Hours Written Exam Resit failed examination
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the issues surrounding open source software
Exercise judgement to decide which licence is appropriate for a piece of software they wish to open-source
Exercise judgement on whether or not to open source a project
Demonstrate an understanding of the potential financial (and other) implications of open-sourcing
Open Source software is normally considered to be freely available, with few restrictions on its use. The programmers are not paid directly for their work, but may make money from consulting or books. Whether or not our students wish to follow such a career, the subject is worthy of study from an academic standpoint alone.
2. A Brief History of the open source development culture
3. Contrasting two main methods of building large pieces of software: "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"
Teams led by a chief architect, as opposed to software development led by users.
Open sourcing initiated by companies.
4. The property and ownership customs of the open-source culture.
Legal issues including licensing, using open source software in other packages, which may come under a different licence.
5. The economics of open source software.
How to make money out of Open Source software.
6. Current issues and future challenges.
Is Open Source a threat to big corporations? Are there implications for national governments?
|Application of Number
|Written, in exam Oral, in class discussion
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through work for the module
|Inherent to subject
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Students will be provided with information to decide if this environment is of interest to them in their career.
|In background reading leading to exam
|Subject Specific Skills
This module is at CQFW Level 6