F28SD Introduction to Software Design

Prof Andrew IrelandDr James McKinnaSmitha Kumar

Course co-ordinator(s): Prof Andrew Ireland (Edinburgh), Dr James McKinna (Edinburgh), Smitha Kumar (Dubai), John See (Malaysia).


  • An introduction to a range of processes and methods that promote the design of high quaility software systems.
  • A perspective of where design sits within the development life-cycle.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisite course(s): F27SA Software Development 1 .

Location: ALP, Dubai, Edinburgh, Malaysia.

Semester: 2.


  • Software process models;
  • Architectural styles;
  • Design methods and associated notations – including function-oriented, object-oriented and component-based design; design patterns;
  • Software development life-cycle issues, with particular focus on requirements engineering, validation and verification (testing).

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

  • To demonstrate a critical understanding of software process models and design methods.
  • To be able to develop design solutions using a range of structured notations.
  • To demonstarte a critical understanding of the context in which software design takes place, in particular requirements engineering and the activities of validation and verification (testing).

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Take responsibility for own work and exhibit critical reflection on development process. (PDP)
  • To be able to use appropriate methods and standards for practice and documentation in software engineering and information systems.
  • Demonstrate evidence based approaches to problem solving.
  • Use a range of numerical and graphical skills in evaluating and communicating ideas, as well as measuring progress toward achieving goals.

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 8.

Credits: 15.