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Software Requirements & Architectures - COM00056M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Katrina Attwood
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide a strong set of principles and techniques for structuring and representing requirements and architectures.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of requirements engineering and architecture design and assessment for the development of critical systems
  • Explain different types of requirements
  • Perform quality review of requirements
  • Explain the desirable attributes of a requirements set
  • Describe and participate in techniques for requirements elicitation, representation validation, re-use and traceability
  • Select and apply software architectural strategies to address requirements
  • Assess the selection and application of software architectural strategies
  • Apply appropriate notations for software architecture representation
  • Discuss the state of the art and future directions in software architecture modelling


Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback is provided via the online feedback system.

Indicative reading

**** Bass, L. et al., Software Architecture in Practice, Addison-Wesley, 2013

*** Kotonya, G. and I. Sommerville, Requirements Engineering: Processes and Techniques, Wiley, 1998

*** Axel van Lamsweerde, Requirements Engineering: From System Goals to UML Models to Software Specifications, John Wiley & Sons, 2009


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