COMP62521 Agile and Test-Driven Development syllabus 2018-2019
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 methodsCoursework assignments are submitted online and students receive written feedback Blackboard in addition to extensive verbal feedback in the weekly lab sessions.
- Analytical skills
- Group/team working
- Project management
- Oral communication
- Written communication
|Programme outcome||Unit learning outcomes||Assessment|
|A1 B2 B3 C1 D1||Work effectively as part of a team to build a significant software application.|
|B2 C1 C4 D1||Apply the 'Scrum' development method to a software project.|
|B3 C1 C4 D5||Gather and prioritise requirements using 'user stories'.|
|B2 C1 D1||Apply a Test-Driven Development approach in a software project|
|A1 A3 D3||Critically evaluate software engineering methods to determine how and when it is appropriate to use them within an organisational setting.|
|Test-driven development by example||Beck, Kent||9780321146533||Addison Wesley Signature Series||2002||✖|
|Beginning Python: from novice to professional (3rd edition)||Hetland, Magnus Lie||9781484200292||Apress||2017||✖|
|User stories applied: for agile software development||Cohn, Mike||9780321205681||Addison Wesley||2004||✖|
|Succeeding with Agile: software development using Scrum||Cohn, Mike||9780321579362||Addison-Wesley||2010||✖|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.