Module ICL-3004:
Production Software Developmen

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Overall aims and purpose

To allow students to:

  • apply an appropriate process/methodology to re-designing, re-implementing/rebuilding and evaluating their prototype solution.
  • explore and understand the wider impact of their work, including pertinent professional, ethical, social, technological, legal, and environmental aspects.
  • convey the results of their work, using a variety of media, to a varied audience within their field.

Course content

Individual project will vary by student and employer.

Assessment Criteria


The student has demonstrated an ability to follow a methodology with significant assistance. Any implementation is mostly free from major flaws, but would have significant issues. They are able to communicate their results without following many conventions of their field.


The student has selected and followed an appropriate methodology for their project. They are able to work independently and within constraints with infrequent prompts. Solutions are well considered and can be applied in the common use cases. The results are communicated in an appropriate manner, using relevant conventions and notations.


The student has conducted an independent study of a given topic, operating with minimal supervisory input. They clearly describe its potential impact. The audience is able to easily digest the results communicated and all relevant conventions, notations and nomenclature are adhered to.

Learning outcomes

  1. Select, apply and explain an appropriate method for the chosen project.

  2. Construct/develop a suitable solution using the best-of-breed approaches taught.

  3. Exercise self-management and discipline to achieve the goal within the project constraints.

  4. Communicate findings of their work, including summarising related works, to academics, peers and the wider community.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ORAL Project Presentation 10
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Development Portfolio 45
REPORT Progress Reports

Periodic progress reports, to be countersigned by the employer.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Traditional lecture (1hr x 10)


Tutorial assistance.

Private study

Private study including individual assessments.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Analyse if/how a system meets current and future requirements
  • Deploy theory in design, implementation and evaluation of systems
  • Recognise legal, social, ethical & professional issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial and economic issues
  • Knowledge of management techniques to achieve objectives
  • Knowledge of information security issues
  • Specify, design or construct computer-based systems
  • Evaluate systems in terms of quality and trade-offs
  • Recognise risk/safety for safe operation of computing equipment
  • Deploy tools effectively
  • Development of general transferable skills
  • Deploy systems to meet business goals
  • Methods, techniques and tools for information modelling, management and security
  • Knowledge of systems architecture
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain information systems
  • Defining problems, managing design process and evaluating outcomes
  • System Design
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain computer-based systems
  • Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: