Software Design and Programming
This module will provide you with the necessary skills to design software in an object-oriented way according to high quality standards.
This module provides you with the necessary skills for developing software using object-oriented and functional programming paradigms.
This ranges from learning object-oriented concepts, designing object-oriented software using a proven methodology and tools, to learning how to program in an object-oriented and functional style.
You will also learn a detailed examination of software design patterns and the emerging functional features of current day object-oriented programming languages.
Main topics of the module include:
- The object model and how it is realised in various object-oriented languages
- Further development of the ideas of inheritance, polymorphism, and abstraction
- Language features nested classes, closures, higher-order functions, meta-objects, etc
- The functional paradigm
- An introduction to Test Driven Design (TDD) and Behavioural Driven Design (BDD)
- The use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for software development
- Modularity, versioning, packaging, and managing the build process
- Design Patterns and Anti-Patterns and their application to software design
- The SOLID (Single responsibility, Open-closed, Liskov substitution, Interface segregation and Dependency inversion) approach to object-oriented programming and design
- Code refactoring and analysis.
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of basic elements of software development.
- understand language features, including nested classes, closures, higher-order functions, meta-objects.
- design patterns and anti-patterns and their application to software design.
- understand the specification of a problem and realise this in terms of a computer programme.
- demonstrate an awareness of modularity, versioning, packaging and managing the build process of a computer program.
- compare and contrast design patterns and anti-patterns and their application to software design applied to specific tasks.
Two assessment components:
- Online auto-graded test (25%)
- End of term coursework (75%)