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MSc ACS: Software Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Software Engineering is a well-established, central part of Computer Science, and concerned with the design and use of techniques to support humans to build software systems that are reliable, adaptable, usable, maintainable, etc, despite the fact that they are usually developed by large groups of people with different ideas, conceptualisations, or working styles, and against a tight schedule and possibly conflicting or unclear requirements. The understanding and mastering of these techniques is essential both for people who are part of this group and for those managing such a group or project.

The Software Engineering pathway combines two themes of the same name, Software Engineering 1 & 2. These themes covers both an overview of existing approaches to Software Engineering, and two particular approaches at the forefront of Software Engineering research and practice; Pattern-based and Component-based Software Development.

Teaching and learning

Computational thinking is becoming increasingly pervasive and is informing our understanding of phenomena across a range of areas; from engineering and physical sciences, to business and society. This is reflected in the way the Manchester course is taught, with students able to choose from an extremely broad range of units that not only cover core computer science topics, but that draw on our interdisciplinary research strengths in areas such as Medical and Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities.

Coursework and assessment

Lectures and seminars are supported by practical exercises that impart skills as well as knowledge. These skills are augmented through an MSc project that enables students to put into practice the techniques they have been taught throughout the course.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Software Engineering Concepts in Practice COMP61511 15 Mandatory
Agile and Test-Driven Development COMP62521 15 Mandatory
Component-based Software Development COMP62532 15 Mandatory
Pattern-Based Software Development COMP62542 15 Mandatory
Masters Project COMP66090 90 Mandatory
Modelling Data on the Web COMP60411 15 Optional
Data Engineering COMP60711 15 Optional
Systems Governance COMP60721 15 Optional
Foundations of Machine Learning COMP61011 15 Optional
Representation Learning COMP61021 15 Optional
Cryptography COMP61411 15 Optional
Cyber Security COMP61421 15 Optional
Querying Data on the Web COMP62421 15 Optional
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