COMP1003J Introduction to Software (B)

Academic Year 2019/2020

The objective of this module is to introduce the student to the Software Engineering degree programme. Its principle aim is to provide context for the programme, by introducing students to many of the topics that will become full modules later in the degree.

The module incorporates a wide variety of diverse topics, including the main challenges of the software engineering process, and the systems, procedures and tools that are available for solving these problems.

In addition, this module will equip students to optimise their learning experience during the Software Engineering degree programme, by providing them with personal and professional skills and competences.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the procedures required of a software engineer in the development of software systems as part of a team.
2. Confidently use collaborative software to advance group projects.
3. Apply effective strategies for working in teams.
4. Communicate the outputs of their work to technical and non-technical audiences.
5. Engage in self-directed (individual and/or group) professional development through research.
6. Effectively position themselves to optimise the learning experience in college.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in the module include: active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing; student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment - Varies over the Trimester Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Varies throughout the Trimester

Name Role
Dr David Lillis Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Catherine Mooney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  

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