Swansea University Gwyddor Cyfrifiadur

Module: CS_254, Software Engineering


[20 Jan '11] Grid Tools Ltd agrees to sponser the 1st, 2nd and, 3rd place group prizes! grid-tools.com

[2 Oct '10] Please visit the new CS_254P Software Engineering Tutorial web page.

[1 Oct '10] Software Engineering meets (1+2) Mondays at 14:00 and 15:00 in the Taliesin Annexe Arts Hall and (3) Thursdays at 16:00 in Faraday Building room J.

We post some useful links to supplementary material here in order to help second year students with their study of software engineering.

Helpful Reading and Documentation:

  1. Free Tech Books: No more using the money excuse for not having your textbooks. Here you'll find free online computer science and programming books, textbooks, and lecture notes.
  2. Software Engineering 8 by I. Sommerville, the web site to accompany the book
  3. Software Engineering: Principles and Practice, by H. van Vliet, accompanying web site
  4. Interaction Design, Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by J. Preece et al., the web site to accompany the book (Recommended by Max Wilson)
  5. Human-Computer Interaction, 3rd Edition by A. Dix et al., the web site to accompany the book
  6. Practical Software Engineering: A Case Study Approach by L.A. Maciaszek and B.L. Liong, the web site to accompany the book
  7. Designing Object-Oriented Software by Wirfs-Brock et al., the web site to accompany the book
  8. Module Evaluation Questionnaire: please help improve future editions of the module using this feedback.
Links Related to Human-Centered Software Development:
  1. Usability.gov: offers guidelines on how to develop usable and useful web sites. The heuristics are also applicable to software applications.
  2. Externalisation – how writing changes thinking: by Alan Dix (on the benefits of personas)
  3. Apple's 1987 Knowledge Navigator Video
Documentation and Links directly related to Assessed Coursework:
  1. Team A
    swaps with
    Team B
    Group 3 Group 5
    Group 6
    Great A4 Demo
    Group 9
    Group 10 Group 12
    Group 7 Group 11
    Group 1 Group 2
    Group 4
    Good A3 Design
    Group 8
  2. Assignment 4 Assessment Report (LaTeX file)
  3. Assignments 3 and 4: The requirements for the third and fourth assignments.
  4. Assignment 2: The requirements for the second assignment.
  5. Assignment 1: A description of the first group assignment. -->
  6. Bob's Minutes of Meeting Protocol: Your group meetings use this protocol.
  7. Directions on how to set up a web page on the CS server.
  8. Bob's Concise Coding Conventions (C3) in Advances in Computer Science and Engineering (ACSE), Vol. 4, No. 1, February 2010, pages 23-36
  9. Bob's Concise Introduction to Doxygen

Schedule of Lectures, 2010-2011

Legend Meaning
  Meta Classes tell us about processes and their motivation
Reason Group work opportunity (no formal lecture)
  Coursework Deadline
COLORED Indicates phase of the software cycle we are studying

Semester 1 2010(-2011)

Phase Week Monday Lecture 1 Monday Lecture 2 Thursday Lecture Deadline


4 Oct
Software Engineering (SE) Intro,
The Software Crisis
Motivation and Software Life-Cycle Phases
Software Life-Cycle Models


11 Oct
Assignment 1 + Tutorial groups
Intro to Human-Centred SE
HCI: Perception, Attention, and Memory


18 Oct
Groupwork + Team Roles
HCI: Interface Features and Design
HCI: User-Focused Requirements


25 Oct
Group meeting opportunity
(No lecture, MLW at Conference)
Group meeting opportunity
(No lecture, MLW at Conference)
HCI: Personas and Task Analysis
(Lecture cancelled, MLW had flight complications)


29 Oct @ 5pm


1 Nov
Assignment 2
HCI: Modelling Scenarios
Software Design: Information Hiding


8 Nov
Introduction to Netbeans
HCI: Prototyping
Software Design: Objects and Information Hiding


15 Nov
Gregynog Gregynog Software Design: Responsibilities


22 Nov
Software Design: Collaborations
Assignments 3+4
Software Design: Hierarchies
(Level 1 Away Day)


26 Nov @ 5pm


29 Nov
Software Design: SubSystems
Software Design: Protocols
Software Design: UML


6 Dec
Software Implementation
Implementation: Introduction to Java Swing I


13 Dec
Implementation: Bob's Concise Coding Conventions
Implementation: Introduction to Java Swing II
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)
Last Day of Classes

17 Dec
Exams: 17-28 January 2011

Semester 2 (2010-)2011



31 Jan
Implementation: Graphics and Java I,II
Implementation: Graphics and Java III
Group Meeting Opportunity


7 Feb
Implementation: Debugging your Software
Implementation: Exception Handling in Java
Implementation: Screen Capture Software


14 Feb
Implementation: Version Control
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)

A3 Design Report

18 Feb


21st Feb 2011
Testing: Unit Testing
Testing: Integration Testing
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)

A3 Partial

25 Feb


28 Feb
Testing: User Studies
Testing: User Study Methods
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)

Assessment Report

4 Mar


7 Mar
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)


14 Mar
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)
Group Meeting Opportunity
(no lecture)
Assignment 5

A4 Complete Implementation

18th Mar


21 Mar
A4 Groups 1+2 Demo
A4 Groups 3+4 Demo
A4 Groups 5+6 Demo


28 Mar
A4 Groups 7+8 Demo
A4 Groups 9+10 Demo
A4 Groups 11+12 Demo

Easter Break: 2 April - 1 May



2 May
Bank Holiday Bank Holiday No Lecture
A5 Work Opportunity


9 May
No Lecture
A5 Work Opportunity
No Lecture
A5 Work Opportunity
Group Prize Ceremony
in Conjunction with the Year 3
Project Demonstration Fair
Sponsored by Grid Tools Ltd


13th May

Schedule of Lectures from 2009-2010

Helpful Java links:

  1. Bob's Java souce code: These are the examples used in class.
  2. The Java SE API: This page lists the documentation for the Java Platform, Standard Edition, and the JDK.
  3. The Java Tutorials: are practical guides for programmers who want to use the Java programming language to create applications. They include hundreds of complete, working examples, and dozens of lessons.
  4. NetBeans.org -Netbeans is a free, open-source Java IDE (and more). It Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.
  5. Eclipse.org -Eclipse provides free, open-source tools for Java developers creating JEE and Web applications, including a Java IDE, tools for JEE and JSF, Mylyn and others.
  6. Java-Tips.org -a repository of online Java tutorials including forums
  7. Java2s.com -a large repository of online Java programs and source code
  8. Jambi the Qt library made available to Java. It is an officially supported technology aimed at all desktop programmers who want to write rich GUI clients using the Java language...
  9. JUnit is dedicated to software developers and testers using the JUnit testing framework.
  10. The Trident Library provides powerful and extensible animations for Java applications
Helpful Java Visualization links:
  1. JFreeChart -JFreeChart is a free 100% Java chart library that makes it easy for developers to display professional quality charts in their applications.
  2. Java View is a 3D geometry viewer and a mathematical visualization software.
  3. 20 Fresh JavaScript Data Visualization Libraries: It's amazing how quickly data visualization is growing.
  4. TheJit.org can be used to create a wide variety of information visualizations...
  5. Highcharts.com: Highcharts is a charting library written in pure JavaScript, offering an easy way of adding interactive charts to your web site or web application. Highcharts currently supports line, spline, area, ...
  6. g.raphaeljs.com is used to create charts on web pages...
Helpful Java Graphics links:
  1. The Java3D API -version 1.3, is considered a minor release of the API, with changes resulting from customer, partner, and community feedback.
  2. The Java Tutorials, Trail 2D Graphics -This trail introduces you to the Java 2D API and shows you how to display and print 2D graphics in your Java programs.
  3. Introduction to Java: A Tutorial -by Ryan J. Stradling and A. Joseph Turner, Clemson University Department of Computer Science. This tutorial contains some useful material on graphics.
  4. Chapter 10 of Core Web Programming, Second Edition -An introductory book chapter on Java 2D.
  5. Foundations of 3D Graphics Programming Using JOGL and Java3D -the web site of supplementary material (including source code examples) to accompany the book
  6. Computer Graphics for Java Programmers -the web site to accompany the book, including source code examples
Helpful LaTeX links:
  1. http://www.latex-project.org/ -the LaTeX Project Site contains a lot of helpful documentation including user guides.
  2. The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX -An excellent LaTeX user guide by T. Oetiker et al.
  3. http://www.tug.org/-The TEX Users Group (TUG) Web Site
  4. Why LaTeX? A great explanation from the Cambridge University Engineering Department.
  5. Why LaTeX? From the Department of Mathematics and Computing University of Southern Queensland.
  6. http://www.BibTeX.org -Here you will find everything you need to know about BibTeX. There are also several links to useful BibTeX tools.
  7. The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies -This is a collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science from various sources, covering most aspects of computer science.
  8. JabRef -JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager.
  9. VIM-LaTeX -An environment providing a comprehensive set of tools to view, edit and compile LaTeX documents using Vim.
  10. Excalibur -The LaTeX Aware Spelling Checker
  11. Text Processing using LaTeX -A nice LaTeX resource page at Cambridge University in the Department of Engineering. There are lots of links.
  12. Ulrich Berger's LaTeX Page -This is the web page written by Ulrich Berger containing more useful links.
  13. http://detexify.kirelabs.org/ -Anyone who works with LaTeX knows how time-consuming it can be to find a symbol in symbols-a4.pdf that you just can't memorize. Detexify is an attempt to simplify this search.
  14. The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List -The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List is an organized list of over 4900 symbols commonly available to LaTeX users.
  15. Squeezing Space in LaTeX -some tips on how to squeeze a little more onto LaTeX pages.
Links to free Screen Capturing Software:
  1. OpenBroadcaster (OBS)
  2. Debut Screen Capturing Software.
  3. CamStudio is an open source tool that is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
  4. ScreenHunter: 5 Free is a completely free screen capture software for you to easily take screenshots.
  5. CamTasia: -a really nice piece of software and recording enables editing by zooming, adding annotations, etc. Unfortunately it's not freeware but the 30 day trial was good enough. (Recommended by James Walker)
  6. Cinelerra: -is a free, open-source, feature-rich video editor for linux (Recommended by Dan Lipsa)
  7. Screenflick for the Mac OS X (Recommended by Dave Chung). You can use this in conjunction with iMovie on the Mac for video editing.
  8. AVS Video Editor (Recommended by Richard Roberts).
You can convert an AVI file to MPEG format by entering "avi 2 mpg" in google.

Helpful Links to free Software Engineering Tools:

  1. XP Dev: offers free and commercial Subversion Hosting integrated with Project Tracking for Open Source and Proprietary projects.
  2. Git: is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
  3. Unfuddle: is a secure, hosted project management solution for software development teams. Don't have time to get a server up and running and then configure and secure code repositories, ticketing systems and valuable project management tools?....
  4. Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like make, without make's wrinkles.
  5. Software Pointers: is directory for Software Development including the most useful links to processes, methods, tools, and services

This page is maintained by Robert S. Laramee.
In case of comments, questions, suggestions, or collaboration ideas, send email to: r.s.laramee "at" swansea.ac.uk.

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