Module details for Software Engineering Practice


This module develops students’ understanding and experience in design/programming within a software engineering context.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the ability to review, critically evaluate and apply software engineering practice in the development of object-oriented software solutions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Explain, compare and contrast different plan driven and agile software development methodologies and practices, such as waterfall, extreme programming and continuous integration/continuous delivery;

2.  Describe and apply Code construction concepts including coupling, cohesion, test-driven development and source control;

3.  Describe and apply design principles and design patterns;

4.  Explain and use Secure coding practices.

Indicative Content

1 Software engineering (SE):

What is SE? Application to development process; application to programming practices.

2 SE Development methodologies:

Extreme Programming, Waterfall Model.

3 Source control:

Strategies; tools; version control systems (git).

4 Code development practices:

Design concepts: Coupling and Cohesion; Continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD); Test-Driven Development (TDD).

5 Unified Modelling Language (UML):

Documenting programs using UML standards: Use case diagrams; Sequence diagrams; Class diagrams; State-machine diagrams; Activity diagrams;

6 Patterns

Review and application of architectural and design patterns to common programming problems.

7 Secure OO coding practices:

Identifying coding vulnerabilities; types of exploits; protection through good programming practice.

8 Protecting against the user:

Full input verification & validation; handling passwords and encryption.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 36
Assessment 70
Independent 70
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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