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    Software Engineering and Project Management
    COMP S356
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    Software Engineering and Project Management
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2021
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Higher 2 terms 10
    Aut 2021

    Course Coordinator: Dr Oliver Au, BA (York); MSc (Toronto); PhD (Loughborough)

    Course Developer: Dr Oliver Au

    COMP S356 approaches software development as an engineering discipline. In particular, an object-oriented approach using UML is adopted. It attempts to prepare students for the complexities of real-world software development.

    The course is compulsory in the Bachelor of Computing, Bachelor of Computing (Hons) in Internet Technology, and BSc and BSc (Hons) in Computing and Networking programmes.

    The course is optional in the Bachelor of Electronic Commerce, Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (Hons), BSc and BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering, and BSc (Hons) in Electronics programmes. Students can also take the course as a free choice if they have taken either COMP S210 or COMP S201, or if they have experience in object-oriented programming.

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are advised to have already studied COMP S210 / COMP S201.

    The overall aim of the course is to develop knowledge and skills in the specification, design, testing and maintenance of software systems. Specifically the course aims to:

    • Develop learners' knowledge of terminology, notations and methods for effective communication regarding software engineering activities;

    • Enable learners to apply software engineering methods in a variety of software processes.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Modelling using UML

    • Requirements elicitation and analysis

    • Software design

    • Implementation and testing

    • Project management

    • Software life-cycle and methodologies

    Learning support
    There will be about 12 two-hour tutorials throughout the course.

    There will be four assignments and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Online requirement
    This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator as well as other students. To access the OLE, you will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

    You will need access to an IBM-compatible PC with the following minimum configuration:

    • 500 MHz Intel Pentium III CPU

    • 1 GB RAM

    • 200 MB free hard disk space

    • Internet access (broadband recommended)

    You will need access to the following software:

    • English Windows Vista or above

    • Web browser: IE 8 or compatible

    Set book(s)
    Bruegge, B and Dutoit, A H (2010) Object-oriented Software Engineering: Using UML, Patterns, and Java, 3rd edn, Prentice Hall.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    The audio and visual components of this course may cause difficulties for students with impaired hearing or vision. You should seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course.

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