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Parent Programme
Bachelor Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
NFQ Level & Reference
Level 7 / Ref: M3.7
12 Weeks X 3 Hours per week
Software Engineering 2
Module Credit Units

Software Engineering -Module 1

Introduction to Software Engineering 2

Building from Software Engineering 1 in the first semester, this module will deepen the learners' practical understanding of advanced software development methodologies, focusing on development in teams, testing and documentation.  The module will enhance skills in testing, maintenance, and evolving software using best practices.

Indicative Syllabus Content

Software Engineering

System Implementation Techniques

  • Prototyping in SW process.
  • Agile development and rapid prototyping techniques.
  • User interface prototyping.

Software Verification and Testing

  • What is software product quality? Quality measurement. software defects and software reliability.
  • What is software verification? software inspections. Improvement of product quality.
  • What is software testing? Unit testing, defect testing, integration testing and OO testing.
  • Automatic static analysis. Testing workbenches. Clean room software development.
  • Practical testing.
  • Validation versus Verification.

Software maintenance, change and evolution

  • Moral and ethical aspects related to development of software products. Legal aspects of software engineering. Copyrights. software patenting.
  • Introduction to software change. Programme evolution dynamics. Architectural evolution.
  • What is software maintenance? Version and release management.
  • What is software re-engineering? What is reverse engineering? Programme structure improvement and modularisation.

Future of Software Engineering

  • What is the trend/future of software re-engineering?
  • How can you adapt to the development of AI?
  • Intelligent Software design, testing, validation, and verification

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
Appraise different software process models.
Apply the main principles of software engineering design for a wide range of computing artefacts.
Debug a software system using well-established debug techniques and create effective technical documentation.
Distinguish the objectives of software testing, the difference between software validation and verification.


1, 2, 3, 4
CA 1, CA 2, CA 3 - CA 4 - In Class Written Tests
Total 100%
All Assessments

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

This software engineering 2 module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • Ensure learners can verify, test, and maintain software using best practice.
  • Advance learners' knowledge in software engineering to design, test, and manage complex software systems