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TITLE Principles of Structured Development

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Impart knowledge regarding algorithmic thought leading to structured software solution development, various techniques in solution modelling as well as their respective scope(s), and solution specification and representation. The study-unit will also offer clear insight into software development life-cycles, their technical basis, and fundamental management approaches toward them. Quality categorisation and management will also be discussed. It is envisaged that the study-unit will instil a sense of appreciation that modern software solution development can only attain the expected quality through effective measurement.

Study-unit Aims:

The main aim of this study-unit is to acquaint students with the main concepts underpinning modern software product development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Given the right professional environment and conditions, set up appropriate software development structures and define effective life-cycles, and populate these life-cycles with appropriate models to describe system behaviour through its software from functional, data, and dynamic aspects;
- Rationalise about software solution structure and complexity, as well as be able to measure and manage its construction, and verify its correctness through basic formal specification, in the form of Algebraic Specifications based on set theory;
- Set up quality frameworks based on applicable quality criteria linked to software products.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Create software solutions of with some demonstrable quality;
- Reason about software solutions in a structured way through the appropriate use of abstraction;
- Direct software development on a small-scale level;
- Participate in software solution development processes;
- Take part in some aspects of requirements specification activity;
- Apply various modelling techniques effectively to describe various aspects of system behaviour;
- Have basic skills to interact efficiently and professionally with software solution development stakeholders.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

1) Pressman, R., Software Engineering - A Practical Approach, McGraw Hill, (latest European edition).
2) Pfleeger, S. L., & Atlee, J. M., Software Engineering - Theory and Practice, Pearson Education,

Supplementary Readings:

1) Lejk, M. & Deeks, D., Systems Analysis Techniques, Addison Wesley, (latest edition).
2) Stevens, P. & Pooley, R., Using UML - Software Engineering with Objects and Components, Addison Wesley, (latest edition).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Ernest A. Cachia

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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