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ECM1421 - System Development 1 (2019)

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MODULE TITLESystem Development 1 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM1421 MODULE CONVENER Michael Saunby (Coordinator), Frank Herrmann (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 48
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

***DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP STUDENTS ONLY***

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to programming in Python. You will be exposed to the key processes related to building functioning applications for business.

You will learn and apply the basic concepts of programming and programming logic. You will also be introduced to software engineering practice at an overview level.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to ensure that you develop basic programming skills. In particular you will be able to demonstrate the following competences:

  • Implement and test software to meet requirements.
  • Configure and deploy solutions.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. Implement and test software to meet a simple requirements specification

2. Write good quality code (logic) with sound syntax.

3. Develop simple software solutions and software modifications to specified requirements

4. Develop simple user interfaces

5. Link software to databases to retrieve data

6. Test code and correct errors found

7. Understand the structure of programmes in order to identify and resolve issues

8. Build and deploy software

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

9. Understand basic programming concepts

10. Understand programming principles including design, code, test, correct, deploy and document from supplied specifications, using agreed standards and tools

11. Understand the stages of a software development lifecycle

12. Understand software design approaches & elementary patterns

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

13. Solve problems creatively

14. Think analytically and critically

15. Organise your own work

16. Work to a deadline

17. Make decisions

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Basic programming concepts and techniques (6 weeks)

•          Programme structure

•          Variables and data types

•          Assignment, functions and scope

•          Arrays

•          Basic and file I/O

•          Decision structures (ifs and loops)

•          Testing and correcting errors

 

More advanced concepts and techniques (4 weeks)

•          Objects, attributes and methods

•          Program organisation

•          Linking software to databases to retrieve data

•          User interaction

•          Exception and error handling

•          Mutability: passing by reference and value

•          Associative arrays

•          Writing good quality code (logic) with sound syntax

 

Introduction to program design (1 week)

•          Software development lifecycle

•          Interpreting specifications

•          Software design approaches

•          Elementary software patterns

•          Role of standards and tools

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18 Online learning activity, including virtual workshops, synchronous and asynchronous virtual lectures and other e-learning.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Group workshops
Guided independent study 128 Coursework, exam preparation and self-study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Contribution to class discussion N/A 1-17 Verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 60 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Programming exercises x 2 (30% each) 60 2000 words 1-10, 13-17 Written
Written Exam 40 1 hour - Summer Exam Period 1-17 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Programming exercise (60%) Programming exercise (2000 words) 1-10, 13-17 Completed over summer with a deadline in August
Written exam (40%) Written exam (1 hours) 1-17 August assessment period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be deferred in the assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you may be required to sit a referral. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Allen B. Downey Think Python: How to think like a Computer Scientist O`Reilly Media 2012 978-1449330729 [Library]
Set Summerfield Mark Programming in Python3 2nd Edition Addison Wesley 2010 978-0321680563 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 4 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 September 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH System, Development