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MRes Advanced Computer Science MRes / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Agile and Test-Driven Development

Unit code COMP62521
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course unit aims to give students an introduction to the principles and practice of agile software engineering, and how to deploy these within an organisational setting. Through building a significant software system in a team, and reflecting critically on this experience, students will further their understanding of how the software engineering process used affects the development and delivery of software.

Pre/co-requisites

Pre-requisites

Good understanding of relevant concepts of Software Engineering

Aims

This course unit aims to give students an introduction to the principles and practice of agile software engineering, and how to deploy these within an organisational setting. Through building a significant software system in a team, and reflecting critically on this experience, students will further their understanding of how the software engineering process used affects the development and delivery of software.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP61542 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Syllabus

The course will cover

  • Key principles of agile software development
  • Evidence demonstrating the efficacy (or otherwise) of an agile approach
  • Test-Driven Development

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Group/team working
Project management
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 75%
Written assignment (inc essay) 25%

Feedback methods

Coursework assignments are submitted online and students receive written feedback Blackboard in addition to extensive verbal feedback in the weekly lab sessions.

Recommended reading

COMP61542 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

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