CSC2033 : Software Engineering Team Project (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Stephen Riddle
- Lecturer: Dr John Colquhoun, Dr Marie Devlin
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||30|
To provide practical experience of real-world software development and team working.
To develop employability skills and provide experience of working with appropriate industrial-strength tool-chains
This module gives students the opportunity to work within a team situation that simulates a real-world environment. The module takes place over an intensive period of 8 weeks and consists of some career development activities as well as practical software engineering experience.
Career Development. Before the start of the module, you will submit a CV and covering letter to apply for a position with one of a number of participating employers. Mock interviews with these employers will take place in the first three weeks of the module.
Practical Software Engineering. In the first week, you will research into relevant skills required for a software engineer (beyond coding). Following this, all students are allocated into teams and given a project brief, alongside an intensive course of lectures on software processes, lifecycles and techniques, and a team half-day workshop to begin planning their approach to the problem. This is followed by a one-week "toolchain bootcamp" where experience will be gained with a variety of tools for collaborative planning, building, verification and release of software systems by working on small-scale tutorial examples and brownfield code.
For the remainder of the module teams will work on the project, with guest lectures from industry practitioners. Progress will be checked regularly with a weekly "standup" attended by a team monitor, in which all team members are expected to briefly explain their current work. Project work will continue into the normal semester 1 exam period with a final trade fair and demonstration and submission of final reports, peer assessment and self-reflection.
The class will be divided into a number of teams with around ten students in each team. Team membership will be determined by the module leader - expect to find in your team students with diverse backgrounds, abilities and skills. communication etc. You will need to make the most of the skills within your team and allocate tasks and roles accordingly.
Outline Of Syllabus
- The software engineering skillset
- Reflective writing and self assessment
- Interview techniques
Processes and Project Management:
- Life-cycle and process models
- Cost estimation
- Team organisation, roles and responsibilities
- Risk assessment
- Configuration management principles
Software Engineering Techniques and Tools
- Requirements Engineering, UML design, Principles of verification
- Tools for collaborative planning, building, verification and release of software systems
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||Lectures on software processes, techniques, project management|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Professional behaviour –assessed based on behaviour throughout module|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Team preparation/submission for final code and team report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Team preparation for trade fair/demonstration|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Team preparation of design document|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||10||1:00||10:00||Portfolio reflection|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||CV and covering letter preparation (formative)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||0:40||0:40||Preparation for Mock interview|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||0:20||0:20||Mock interview|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||3:00||3:00||Trade fair|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||10||2:00||20:00||Toolchain bootcamp|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||40||1:00||40:00||Group meetings|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||150||1:00||150:00||Background reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||8||1:00||8:00||Weekly standup meeting with team monitor|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This is a practically-oriented course with students learning and developing skills within a team environment. Lectures are used to introduce and explore the main topics. The week-long bootcamp with tutorials provides background in the range of software development tools. Students are expected to work together and individually to develop a large piece of software and provide appropriate documentation. Regular stand-up meetings are held with staff to check progress of the team work.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||5||Mock Interview|
|Reflective log||1||M||15||Portfolio reflection (2000 words)|
|Report||1||M||20||Formal design document (team) (1000 words)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||15||Trade fair/technical demonstration (team)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||5||Professional Behaviour (assessed based on attendance and conduct over whole project; no formal submission)|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||40||Final system and team report (team) (submitted code with 3000 word report)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||CV (2 pages) and cover letter (1 page) to apply for mock interview advertised role|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assessment is through a number of individual deliverables and team deliverables emphasising the practical nature of the module. Individual deliverables are designed to allow students to demonstrate
their understanding of the problem to be solved, what their role within the group will be to provide a reflection on what they have learnt from the module. Team deliverables require students to work together to produce software and its documentation and to demonstrate that students are able to work collectively to produce an end product. To simulate the real world environment, students will present their final system at a trade fair and receive feedback in discussion with employers. Peer assessment is employed to identify each individual's contribution to the team. Details of the deliverables may vary from year to year depending on the involvement of an industrial consultant and students from other universities. Full details will be available at the beginning of the year on the year-specific module web page.