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CSC1034 : Programming Portfolio 1

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

By the end of this module students will have gained, at an introductory level, experience in, and a knowledge of the basic concepts of all stages of the software engineering lifecycle, both as individuals and as members of a team, namely requirements analysis, design, coding, testing and maintenance. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of programming skills. An active learning, problem-based approach is adopted. Students will be given a series of practical problems that relate to various stages of the software engineering lifecycle. Supplementary lectures and online materials will introduce the topics to be tackled, and how to tackle them, but these topics will relate to aspects of the material presented in one or more of the co-requisite modules Computer Systems Design, Information Storage and Retrieval, and Fundamentals of Computing, thus giving students practical enrichment of that material, and/or to specialisms that can be studied at Stages 2 and 3 (HCI, Security, Bio, Trends in Pervasive Computing, Games, Software Engineering, Data Analytics) , thus enabling students to gain a flavour of what is available in the later stages of their programme of study and allowing them to make an informed choice towards the end of Stage 2. Students will have gained awareness of the legal, social, ethical and professional aspects of being a practising software engineer.

Outline Of Syllabus

An introduction to all stages of the software engineering lifecycle.
An introduction to general principles of programming languages and their realisation in a representative language
An introduction to the legal, social, ethical and professional aspects of being a software engineer

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion242:0048:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture242:0048:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical362:0072:00Computer classroom
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00Computer classroom
Guided Independent StudyProject work481:0048:00Working independently or in teams
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study361:0036:00Background reading using online material
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce each project, and aspects of software engineering, particularly programming. These will be supplemented with tutorials at which discussions will take place on tackling the projects set. During their independent study time, students will review online materials providing further support for development of programming skills. They will also use this time to attempt the problems set, as individuals or in teams.

For each topic/problem students will provide a report that contributes to their portfolio of evidence of the activities they have undertaken, either as individuals, or as part of a team.

The practical sessions will provide support for developing the skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M90Five Software Artefacts
Report1M10Reflective report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that they have mastered practical skills in software development applied to a variety of problems chosen to reflect real world applications but targeted at the skill level of the students when the work is set.

For each topic/problem students will provide a report that contributes to their portfolio of evidence of the activities they have undertaken, either as individuals, or as part of a team. Five software artifacts and reports equivalent to 5000 words total will be required with a single reflective report on the skills gained summarising the portfolio of evidence produced by the problem-based activities equivalent to 1000 words.

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