Large Scale Software Systems and Extreme Programming

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Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2017
Friday 15 December 2017
16 March 2011


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Module description

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of modern software development techniques for large software systems gained through a series of lectures, a 6-week team project and hands-on laboratories.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to

. Understand the issues involved in large scale software development and how they can be managed with modern practices, techniques and tools
. Make effective use of modern tools and techniques for the cooperative development of software including version control, ticketing systems, build tools, etc.
. Make effective use of modern bug prevention and detection techniques as well as refactoring techniques.
. Make use of modern practices and techniques for the effective development of software within teams

Outline Syllabus

The course will focus on powerful technologies such as:

1. agile software development,
2. extreme programming
3. working effectively in teams,
4. version control systems (which are also essential tools for configuaration management),
5. unit and acceptance testing,
6. integrated development environments,
7. build automation, continuous integration, integration servers,
8. ticketing systems,
9. refactoring,
10. release planning.

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Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and laboratories


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   CE320 Project Iteration 1     40% 
Coursework   CE320 Project Iteration 2     60% 
Exam  Main exam: 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Riccardo Poli, email: rpoli@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Riccardo Poli
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Jeremy Ian Hiller Gow
Goldsmiths College
Available via Moodle
Of 52 hours, 22 (42.3%) hours available to students:
30 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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