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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Software Eng: Building Better Software
Module Code CA339
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Boualem Benatallah
Semester 2: Boualem Benatallah
Autumn: Boualem Benatallah
Module TeachersBoualem Benatallah
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims to instruct the students in the theory and practice of planning, analysis, specification, design and testing of software systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify important historical and current literature addressing software engineering, software process, software methodologies, software quality and associated standards.
2. Evaluate the concepts embodied in the most prevalent software methodologies and models, including knowledge of their advantages and disadvantages, and when it may be appropriate to use each approach
3. Explain and construct quality-oriented software development processes and explain the principles behind SPI models / standards and their implementation in software development organization and select the most appropriate model / standard for a given situation.
4. Develop models to specify software systems, starting from an initial problem statement, and making use of a variety of specification techniques
5. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the available methods for specifying software systems, including of the synergy between formal and semi-formal approaches

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Course content, including supplementary material on key topics and associated tutorial material will be made available online using the DCU Loop e-learning system and other appropriate electronic means.
Independent Study101This comprises time for reading, reviewing given and other exercises, group interaction on project, project time and write-up and revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to SE
Introduction to software engineering process, principles and methods Software process, lifecycle and models.

Software process, lifecycle and models
Traditional (plan-based) approaches; Formal approaches; Agile approaches and methodologies; Standards and process reference models

Software lifecycle
Requirements engineering; Systems modelling; Architectural design; Software design, patterns and reuse; Software evolution, refactoring, maintenance and test

Dependable Software Construction
Dependability and reliability specification; Formal models and verification; Security guidelines and considerations

Software Management
Project management; Project planning; Software metrics and measurement; Software estimation and cost modelling; Risk management; Quality management; Configuration management; Process assessment and improvement; and Software quality and management standards

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityAssessment of software artifact quality (requirement quality assessment)33%Week 6
Group project Group activities including writing quality requirements, prototyping of software features, writing test cases.33%n/a
Loop QuizA general quiz on topics covered in the module, including multiple choice and/or descriptive questions.34%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Armando Fox, David Patterson: 2013, Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing, 2, ‎ 978-098488
  • Ian Sommerville: 2016, Software Engineering, Pearson Education,
  • Hans van Vliet: 0, Software Engineering: Principles and Practice,
  • Leszek Maciaszek and Bruc Lee Liong: 0, Practical Software Engineering: A Case-Study Approach,
Other Resources

58071, Website, IEEE, 0, The Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK Guide), IEEE, http://www.computer.org/web/swebok,
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