This module aims to equip students with the main principles guiding the activities involved in software development throughout its lifecycle, including software requirements, object-oriented analysis and design, software validation and testing, software maintenance and software evolution, and configuration management processes and tools.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of software engineering
2. Demonstrate an ability to carry out software requirements specification, object-oriented analysis and design, and software testing
3. Demonstrate an understanding of object orientation and relate object-oriented models to corresponding object-oriented programming constructs
4. Represent the outcome of each stage in the software lifecycle using standard modeling notations
5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of architectural styles and design patterns
6. Demonstrate an understanding of software reliability issues

Outline Syllabus

- Introduction to software engineering
- Lifecycle models
- Software modeling notations
- Requirements analysis and specification
- Principles of software design
- Functional and non-functional requirements and the need to verify and validate them through a variety of techniques
- Principles of object-oriented design
- Introduction to design patterns and architectural styles
- Validation and testing, including unit testing, and testing against requirements
- Software reliability and quality
- Evolution and maintenance
- Configuration management processes and tools