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This is an archived syllabus from 2013-2014

COMP61542 Agile and Test-Driven Development syllabus 2013-2014

COMP61542 Agile and Test-Driven Development

Level 6
Credits: 15
Enrolled students: 44

Course leader: Caroline Jay

Additional staff: view all staff

Assessment methods

  • 50% Written exam
  • 50% Coursework
Sem 2 P4 Lecture 2.19 Tue 09:00 - 09:00 -
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Software Engineering 2
  • Computer Science units for ACSwITM students (semester 2)


This course unit introduces and provides hands-on experience of agile software engineering and Test-Driven Development (TDD). The course will cover various agile methods, but practical work will focus on Scrum.

There is a strong focus on understanding the application of agile skills within an industrial setting, with guest lectures about 'real world' agile development from organisations including the BBC and ThoughtWorks.


This course unit aims to give students an introduction to the principles and practice of agile software engineering, and how to deploy these within an organisational setting. Through building a significant software system in a team, and reflecting critically on this experience, students will further their understanding of how the software engineering process used affects the development and delivery of software.


The course will cover

  • Key principles of agile software development
  • Evidence demonstrating the efficacy (or otherwise) of an agile approach
  • Test-Driven Development

Feedback methods

Coursework assignments are submitted online and students receive written feedback Blackboard in addition to extensive verbal feedback in the weekly lab sessions.

Study hours

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Project management
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication

Learning outcomes

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
A1 B2 B3 C1 D1Work effectively as part of a team to build a significant software application.
  • Group coursework
B2 C1 C4 D1Apply the 'Scrum' development method to a software project.
  • Examination
  • Group coursework
B3 C1 C4 D5Gather and prioritise requirements using 'user stories'.
  • Group coursework
  • Examination
B2 C1 D1Apply a Test-Driven Development approach in a software project
  • Group coursework
  • Examination
A1 A3 D3Critically evaluate software engineering methods to determine how and when it is appropriate to use them within an organisational setting.
  • Examination

Reading list

Succeeding with Agile: software development using ScrumCohn, Mike9780321579362Addison-Wesley2010
User stories applied: for agile software developmentCohn, Mike9780321205681Addison Wesley2004
Test-driven development by exampleBeck, Kent9780321146533Addison Wesley Signature Series2002
Beginning Python: from novice to professional (3rd edition)Hetland, Magnus Lie9781484200292Apress2017

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.