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COMP9037 - IT Systems Engineering

Title:IT Systems Engineering
Long Title:IT Systems Engineering and Management for Biosciences
Module Code:COMP9037
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2011/12 ( September 2011 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donna OShea
Module Author: HUGH MC GLYNN
Module Description: IT systems now play a major role in biology. Therefore, a firm grounding in IT systems engineering and management is essential for understanding how to build good computational biology systems, and for evaluating the risks and opportunities that IT presents in this context.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Evaluate and critique various computing paradigms and IT architectures.
LO2 Elicit and document, model and analyse requirements for IT systems. Apply requirements methodologies, techniques, and tools.
LO3 Differentiate between prescriptive, evolutionary, and agile process models.
LO4 Evaluate and select suitable software project management techniques.
LO5 Critique software design, implementation and /or procurement and software-testing techniques and apply these in the context of computational biiology.
LO6 Discern and manage major causes of IT maintenance problems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
IT platforms; desktop, mobile, distributed, high performance systems; operating system, application software, cloud computing, software life cycle, software development processes, generic, prescriptive, agile.
Requirements engineering
Requirements elicitation, specification – formal & informal, modelling, analysis, and management.
System Design and Realisation
Hardware, network design and configuration; architectural design, application architectures, selection of appropriate programming languages, selection of systems software, user interface design, development environments, programming guidelines, software procurement, configuration management.
Verification and Validation
Verification, Validation, Static and Dynamic evaluation.
Project Management
Concepts, Risk management, Scheduling.
Software Maintenance
Software maintenance overview. Software Maintenance problems. System Configuration and Support.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The students would work on a mini project. Problem based learning techniques.   30.0 Sem End
Short Answer Questions Test learning outcomes. 6 20.0 Week 6
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,5,6 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lab Lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 8.0 Every Week 8.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Steve McConnell 2004, Code complete, Microsoft Press Redmond, Wash. [ISBN: 0735619670]
  • Sommerville, I. 2006, Software engineering, 8 Ed., Addison Wesley [ISBN: 0-13-198461-6]
  • Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, Applied software project management [ISBN: 0596009488]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson, Mastering the requirements process, 2nd Ed., Addison-Wesley Professional [ISBN: 0321419499]
  • Leffingwell, D., Widrig, D, Managing SSoftware Requirements a use case approach [ISBN: 10-032112247-X]]
  • Roger S. Pressman 2005, Software engineering, 6 Ed., McGraw-Hill Boston, Mass. [ISBN: ISBN 007-123840-9]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SCMPB_9 Master of Science in Computational Biology 2 Mandatory

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