NDAK20001U Software Engineering and Architecture (SEA)

Volume 2020/2021
Education

MSc Programme in Computer Science

Content

Software engineering represents the principles, methods, tools, and techniques involved in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of software systems.

The software architecture of a system defines “the structures of the system, which comprise software components, the externally visible properties of those components, and the relationships among them”.

In order to design a software system, we need to structure it in such a way that functional and quality requirements can be fulfilled by an implementation.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the different aspects and stages involved in the engineering of software with a special focus on architectural properties of large systems. Assuming that course participants are acquainted with basic software development principles, this course will provide knowledge on and experience with the wider aspects and stages in the lifecycle of a (large) software system. During this course the students will be introduced to the general principles of software engineering, methods for addressing software engineering problems, common tools and techniques for solving software engineering problems, and methods, tools, and techniques for designing software systems and their architecture.

The course will include lectures and exercises in the following subjects:

  • Project Management
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Architectural Analysis, Description, Synthesis, Prototyping & Evaluation
  • Software Design and Development
  • Software Implementation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Maintenance and Evolution
  • Software Business
Learning Outcome

Knowledge of

  • How software systems are designed, developed, implemented, and maintained
  • The necessary principles in the engineering of software systems
  • Methods, tools, and techniques to design, develop, implement, and maintain software
  • Quality attributes, including definitions, characterisation, and tactics 

  • Patterns for software design 

  • Software architecture design techniques
  • (Architectural) design description
  • Design and architecture evaluation
  • Fundamental concepts of and techniques in software design 


 

Skills to

  • Manage the processes of designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining software systems
  • Communicate the design and architecture of a system
  • Control the quality of the produced software 
  • Plan the maintenance of (large) software systems
  • Predict evolution of (large) software systems
  • Elicit functional and quality requirements of software systems
  • Design systems and software architectures so that they satisfy relevant quality constraints
  • Describe existing systems and software architectures with relevant software description techniques
  • Evaluate existing systems and software architectures with respect to relevant qualities
  • Characterise functional and quality requirements while acting as an opponent with respect to fellow students’ workability requirements of software systems 


 

Competences to

  • Document and communicate their engineering process
  • Critically read and apply existing methods, tools, and techniques
  • Document and communicate the architecture of a system
  • Iteratively and incrementally design a complex software system
  • Analyse complex software systems with respect to their software architecture

See Absalon for a list of course literature.

Strong familiarity with object-oriented programming languages is required, in particular, either JAVA, C#, or JavaScript. Students will be expected to understand and work with a large codebase in one of these languages.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Video lectures, workshops, and projects.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 48
  • Preparation
  • 112
  • Project work
  • 224
  • Exam Preparation
  • 27
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 412
Written
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 25 minutes (including grading)
Oral examination with 25 minutes preparation. Part of the examination can be based on the project report.
Exam registration requirements

To qualify for the exam the students must submit a complete project report based on the course project and the student's reflections.

Aid
Only certain aids allowed

Only the following materials are allowed at the oral examination:

• The project report

• The presentation slides

• Source code for the project

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Re-exam

Same as the ordinary exam.

The student report must be submitted no later than two weeks before the re-exam week, and must be approved for the student to qualify for the re-exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome.