Module Identifier CHM1220  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Myra Wilson  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Christopher Price, Mr Christopher Loftus, Dr Lynda Thomas  
Pre-Requisite CH11020 , Available only to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Computer Science scheme in Aberystwyth.  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
  Seminar   12 x 1hr sessions  
  Tutorial   Up to 16 formal tutorial meetings  
Assessment Group project   (A1)   50%  
  Attendance and participation   (A3) 1 presentation plus contributions   10%  
  Supplementary examination   No supplementary or resit examination available.    
  Exam   2 Hours (A2)   40%  
Further details  


This module aims to expose students to best practice in software engineering and to develop professional skills enabling students to be a valuable part of a software development team. Specifically, it aims to enable students to:

Learning outcomes

The major learning outcome of this module is that the student should:
1. be able to employ best professional software engineering practices in order to complete a medium-sized software project to current industrial standards. (A1)

In addition, on successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
2. demonstrate mastery of advanced concepts in software engineering (A2, A3)
3. select appropriate advanced software engineering techniques to apply to challenging industrial problems (A2, A3)
4. recognise potential problems in software projects, and be able to intervene to avoid them (A1, A2)


1.Introduction- 1 Lecture
The approach and the obligations of the professional engineer. Software as an engineering artifact. Analogies between software and other branches of engineering.

2.The Software Life Cycle - 3 Lectures; 3 Seminars
Description of the phases of a range of software life cycles (including the Waterfall, Prototyping, RAD and Spiral models) and the major deliverables and activities associated with each phase. Rapid application development. Personal software metrics. Extreme programming. Software process improvement.

3.Project Management - 2 Lectures, 2 Seminars
Planning and cost estimation. Progress monitoring. Team structure and team management. Project management in industry.

4.Quality Management - 2 Lectures, 1 Seminar
Validation, verification and testing. Quality plans. Walkthroughs, code inspections and other types of review. Role of the quality assurance group. Standards (international, national and local).

5.Configuration Management - 2 Lectures
Baselines. Change control procedures. Version control. Software tools to support configuration management:

6.Requirements Engineering - 3 Lectures, 2 Seminars
The IEEE standard for requirements specifications. Validation of requirements by e.g., prototyping. Deficiencies in the traditional approach to requirements. Use of UML in requirements gathering. Advances in requirements engineering.

7. Design - 3 Lectures, 2 Seminars
Outline (architectural) design and detailed design. Use of abstraction, information hiding, functional and hierarchical decomposition at levels higher then the individual program. Contents of design documentation. State diagrams. Relevant UML notations: packages, sequence and activity diagrams, active objects. User interface design.

8.Implementation and maintenance - 2 Lectures
Choice of language. Cutover. Types of maintenance. Maintenance process. Refactoring.

9.Testing - 2 Lectures
Testing strategies. Testing tools: static and dynamic analysers, test harnesses and test data generators, simulators. Performance testing. Regression testing. User documentation and training.

A tutorial meeting will be associated with this course. The tutorial will be used to organise group project activities.

11. Seminars
A list of papers on advanced software engineering topics will be distributed, and the papers will be presented and applied to sections of the syllabus during seminars, as indicated above.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Ian Sommerville. (2001) Software Engineering. 6th Edition. Addison Wesley ISBN 020139815-X
Roger S. Pressman. (2000) Software Engineering: A practitioner's approach. 5th Edition. McGraw-Hill ISBN 0077096770