The new page is on Learn (with public access). I'm leaving this one here for the benefit of anyone who wants to see the previous version, e.g., to read ahead on the Schedule page, into material I haven't updated for this year yet. Be careful though: I updated this front page for 2018, before I committed to Learn, but many of the links point to the old versions.
This course has a cap of 100 students, because that is the capacity of the lab we will use. Priority will be given to students for whom it is compulsory. Other than that it will be first-come, first-served (but I think we are unlikely to hit the cap in any case).
The course is available to third and fourth year undergraduates, and to MSc students, who have the appropriate background (fluency in Java or a closely related language; basic knowledge of software engineering including UML).
Based on the feedback last year, I think you're most likely to enjoy this course if you:
There are usually two lectures each week (Tuesdays and Fridays at 17:10 in S1, 7 George Square), and one guided lab session (Tuesdays 9:00-10:50, Appleton Tower Lab 6.06, starting in Week 2). All of these are compulsory: note in particular that, unlike in some other courses, the lab session is something you must attend. It is just as important as lectures.
However, as (a) we have more lecture slots than the course has lectures (b) I have some travel commitments, it will sometimes happen that a lecture slot won't be used for a lecture. I may give you something specific to do instead, or it may just be a chance to catch up and/or work independently. I already know that there will be no lecture on Friday of Week 1 (I'll give you some self-assessment material and some pointers to how you can fill in any gaps), and no lectures in Week 5 as I'll be away. (I expect that there will be a consolidation lab, run by my TA, i.e. no new material but a chance to sort out anything you need to before the Week 6 lab assessment.)
The detailed material of the course will be revised as we go, but for people who like to read ahead, the material from the last presentation of the course is all available at the Schedule page. Provisional topic plan:
|1||Introduction to design and modelling|
|2||Relating (Java) code and (UML) models|
|3||From requirements to models|
|4||Whence and whither UML? Big picture and history|
|6||Lab assessment. Design principles and patterns|
|7||Principles of dynamic design|
|8||Domain specific languages|
|9||Model driven development|
|10||The future of software engineering|
There will also be a written exam, worth the other 50% of the course credit. It will focus on the last two learning outcomes (plus the "on paper" part of LO2). Note that the exam will take place in the December diet. The format will be a compulsory question 1 comprising a number of short parts, followed by a choice between two other questions. Here is a sample paper and a few notes on it.
You can get the actual paper for the 2016 version of this course from the university's exam paper site. Here are a few notes on how it was done. However, since it's the only real exam paper that exists for this new course, you may well find it useful to avoid looking at that until you come to do your revision, at which point you might like to do it as a practice paper.
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