Aims and Fit of Module
The module is intended to develop an understanding of the problems associated with the
development of significant computing systems (that is, systems that are too large to be designed
and developed by a single person,and are designed to be used by many users) and to appreciate
the techniques and tools necessary to develop such systems efficiently, in a cost-effective
A. Appreciate and describe the issues and methods involved in designing and building computer systems to meet business goals.
B. Understand how user requirements are elicited and incorporated into the design of a computing system while being able to recognise relevant legal, social, ethical and professional issues.
C. Appreciate the need to ensure that the implementation of a design is adequately tested to ensure that the completed system meets the specifications.
D. Apply an object-oriented approach to the design and development of software systems and their components.
E. Recognize any risks or safety aspects that may be involved in the operation of a computer system.
Method of teaching and learning
Students will be expected to attend three hours of formal lectures, as well as to participate in one
hour of supervised practical classes in a typical week.
In addition, students will be expected to devote six hours of unsupervised time to private study:
private study will provide time for reflection and consideration of lecture material and