KC4004 - Introduction to Software Development

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn the concepts of software development and you will be introduced to the information systems development lifecyle.

Specifically you will learn about the analysis, design, development and implementation of systems using appropriate methodologies and skills and you will develop basic programming skills using modern languages such as JAVA, .net

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching is through practical workshop sessions using a mixture of open learning material and lecturing. You will also be given specific tasks to complete between sessions.

If you are studying a Degree Apprenticeship you will also learn at work, by reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. The workplace provides an opportunity for you to put your own knowledge and skills into practice and review your learning with your manager/mentor. The standard delivery is Newcastle Campus class room based, however if your employer has a contract with the university that indicates you may study remotely then you will be able to attend the classes virtually. In this case, you will follow lectures via webcasts and attend online seminars / workshops. The use of Blackboard Collaborate (or similar) will be employed to enable this. Normally the delivery of this module focuses upon one programming language. You are normally expected to complete the assessed tasks using this language, however, if in your workplace you make use of a comparable programming language, subject to negotiation with the module teaching team, you may complete the assessments using that programming language.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported and guided by a module tutor and a teaching team but in addition you will be expected to work independently between sessions. Workshops will provide opportunities for formative assessments which will be focussed on assisting you in achieving the learning outcomes and in the successful completion of summative assessments..


If you are studying for a Degree Apprenticeship additional support will be available from your work place mentor who will encourage you to reflect upon how you work and studies interact and complement one another.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 You will be able to identify requirements within a system based on a scenario and implement them using appropriate tools.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2 You will be able to implement problem solutions using code
MLO3 You will be able to identify the issues surrounding implementing business systems

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4 You will be able to identify ethical considerations within system implementation

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment – tasks carried out within workshops will build up to form a portfolio of work

The portfolio will comprise of 2 components:
• The first series of small tasks designed to assess your practical understanding of the principles covered throughout the course, these will be supported during seminars and workshops
• The second component is to analyse, design and implement a solution based on a scenario issued in semester 1, this will be supported by ‘check points’ throughout the course and will model the lifecycle of a small project.
(MLO1, MLO2, MLO3, MLO4)

Normally the delivery of this module focuses upon one programming language. You are normally expected to complete the assessed tasks using this language. If you are studying a Degree Apprenticeship and in your workplace you make use of a comparable programming language, subject to negotiation with the module teaching team, you may complete the assessments using that programming language

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is intended to introduce you to the world of software development. You will be taken through the different aspects of development from conception to testing and rollout. You will learn how to analyse a problem and identify requirements, building solutions in current technologies such as JAVA or .net. Teaching material is based on both current research and industrial experience to ensure a ‘real world’ environment

Course info

UCAS Code GN52

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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