F21AO Applied Development and Operations

Dr Abrar Ullah

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Abrar Ullah (Dubai).


In this course, students will primarily develop understanding of both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in applied

development and operations. The course aims are:

To instil understanding of the concepts and benefits of applied software engineering methods

To provide knowledge of change and configuration management

To develop understanding of software deployment architecture

To give practical experience of continuous integration methods

To consolidate proficiency in version control and code management

To give practical experience of deployment and delivery techniques

To give further practical experience of staging, testing and continuous testing

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: Dubai.

Semester: 2.


Source Control: code management, secure source control, code build,

Code pipelines: staging, pre-production and production environment setting and deployment

Architectures: monolithic, microservices, virtualization and container orchestration

Methodologies in software engineering practice; Agile, Scrum

Relevant technologies: version control, staging and pipelines, virtual machines, containers, platforms

Pre-requisites: Programming and software engineering knowledge and skills.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Ability to choose a suitable software development environment and development methodology for specific software development tasks and justify the choice

Demonstration of skills in the use of virtualization and containerization in development, deployment and testing practices

Understanding of key concepts and application of change and configuration management

Demonstration of critical understanding of applied software architecture in cloud and virtual environments and ability to evaluate their appropriateness in different situations

Demonstration of skill in design and implementation of continuous testing and continuous integration approach in enterprise development environment

Demonstration of critical understanding of team approach to staging, software testing and production life cycle

Understanding of key security concepts and application during software development and operations

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

  • Appreciation of use of methodology to ground system analysis, design and development and change/problem management proces
  • Understanding of source control, staging, testing and deployment
  • Practice in working in a group, choosing a methodology, reaching a consensus, and working with others to develop, test and deliver software projects
  • Taking responsibility for own work, taking responsibility in the development of resources, critical reflection on development, testing and deployment process
  • Effective appreciation of professional standards in the change management, code management, and testing
  • Showing initiative, creativity and team working skills in collaborative software development

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: 11.

Credits: 15.