Module Identifier CHM2320  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Christopher W Loftus  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Christopher W Loftus  
Pre-Requisite Available only to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems scheme in Aberystwyth., Considerable software engineering experience and approval of the Department?s MSc Coordination panel.  
Co-Requisite CHM5820  
Mutually Exclusive CHM1220  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   All 20 hours of contact time will take the form of tutorials.  
  Workload Breakdown   180 hours of private study and coursework assessment.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 100% PROGRAMMING PROJECT AND REPORT  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Analyze a complex problem in the area of distributed systems

Design and implement a solution to the problem

Test and critically evaluate their solution

Apply the prescribed software development methodology


This module will be undertaken by MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems students who already have a grounding in software engineering and therefore over-qualified for the CHM1220 module (Building High Quality Systems). The module is aimed at students who undertook a software engineering module in their first degree. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to work within a group and to apply a prescribed software engineering methodology to build a distributed system.

Brief description

This project builds on the MSc students' experience gained in CHM5820. The students will analyze a situation needing a distributed solution and construct a program to provide a solution. A novel software engineering methodology, such as XP, will be prescribed.


1. Tutorials.

Tutorials will be undertaken at the start of the project to set out the content of the project, and the terms on which it will be developed and assessed. Further tutorials will be undertaken where students are able to complete their project with the help and advice of teaching staff.

2. Written material.

Various written material giving guidance on carrying out the project, assessment issues, and the project submission is provided by the Department.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
John Hunt, Chris Loftus (March 2003) Guide to J2EE: Enterprise Java Springer-Verlag 1852337044
Martin Fowler (Oct 2003) UML Distilled Addison Wesley 0321193687
Mark Grand ( 2002) Patterns in Java: a catalog of reusable design patterns illustrated with UML Volume 1. John Wiley & Sons 0471227293
Books suitable for the methodology prescribed will be announced at the start of the module.


This module is at CQFW Level 7