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CE320-6-AU-CO: Large Scale Software Systems and Extreme Programming

Year: 2017/18
Status: Current
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Campus: Colchester Campus
Term: Autumn
Level: Undergraduate: Level 6
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Incoming Essex Abroad / Exchange students: Yes
Available to Outside Option: No
Available to Audit: No
Module Start and End Dates: Thursday 05 October 2017 - Friday 15 December 2017

Supervisor: Professor Riccardo Poli
Teaching Staff: Professor Riccardo Poli
Contact details: CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

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.

Teaching and Assessment


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


CE320 Project Iteration 1 (40.00%)
CE320 Project Iteration 2 (60.00%)

Exam Duration and Period

120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Teaching Methods

Lectures and laboratories

Other information



Teaching Materials

Available via Moodle.

Lecture Recording

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).


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

Further information

Department Website: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr Jeremy Gow
    Institution: Goldsmiths College
    Academic Role: Lecturer


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