Guía Docente 2018-19


Id.: 33427
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 3 Teaching period: Primer Cuatrimestre
Credits: 6 Total hours: 150
Classroom activities: 63 Individual study: 87
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Castellano


This subject addresses the following contents to be applied during the development of software: methodologies, agile methods, basics for software design, and testing strategies.


General programme competences G01 Leadership capacity to be able to influence a group so they achieve some specific objectives collectively and efficiently.
G02 Innovative capacity to propose and find new and efficient ways to undertake any task and/ or function within the professional environment - highly motivated by quality.
G03 Capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams to achieve common objectives, placing group interests before personal ones.
G04 Capacity to always commit to working responsibly - creating a strong sense of duty and fulfilment of obligations.
G05 Capacity to adapt to different environments while being positive and optimistic, orienting your behaviour towards the achievement of goals.
G06 Capacity to analyse and find a solution to complex problems or unforeseen situations which may arise while working in any type of socio-economic organisation.
G07 Capacity to work flexibly and with versatility to adapt to the needs and requirements of the work situation.
G08 Ability to communicate effectively about different matters in a variety of professional situations and with the different media available.
G09 Capacity to make decisions impartially and rationally.
G10 Critical and analytical capacity when assessing information, data and courses of action.
G11 Ability to get on in a multicultural or international environment, interacting with people of different nationalities, languages and cultures.
G12 Capacity to undertake professional activities with integrity, respecting social, organisational and ethical norms.
G13 Capacity to use individual learning strategies aimed at continuous improvement in professional life and to begin further studies independently.
Specific programme competences E04 Capacity to maintain an open mind to innovation and creativity within the framework of the engineering profession.
E05 Capacity to assess the economic and business features of engineering activities.
E06 Capacity to apply quality assurance processes to processes and products.
E07 Capacity to work effectively in project teams, where appropriate assuming executive responsibilities, and consider the human, technological and financial sides.
E08 Capacity to communicate productively with clients, users and colleagues both orally and in writing, so as to pass on ideas, solve conflicts and achieve agreements.
E09 Capacity to maintain professional competences through independent learning and continuous improvement.
E12 Capacity to manage complexity through abstraction, modelling, 'best practices', patterns, standards and the use of the appropriate tools.
E15 Capacity to understand and go along with the strategic objectives of the company where your are pursuing your professional career.
E16 Capacity to understand an application demesne so as to be able to develop suitable IT applications.
E17 Capacity to identify and analyse user needs with the intention of designing effective, usable IT solutions which can be incorporated into the user's operating environment.
E18 Capacity to identify and define the requirements to be satisfied by IT systems to cover the stated needs of organisations or individuals.
E19 Capacity to design and define the architecture of IT systems (software, hardware and communications) under the requirements agreed upon by the parties involved.
E20 Capacity to undertake the detailed design of the components of a project (procedures, user interface, equipment characteristics, communications system parameters, etc.).
E21 Capacity to perform tests that verify the validity of the project (functional, data integrity, performance of the computer applications, equipment, communications, etc.).
E22 Capacity to undertake implementation tasks which require a high degree of technical awareness in different spheres (programming, configuration of hardware and communications equipment, etc.).
E24 Capacity to draw up and develop effective project plans for systems based on information and communication technologies.
E25 Capacity to analyse viability, design development plans, estimate resources, run and oversee the execution of software-intensive engineering projects.
E26 Capacity to define and manage quality policies for IT and communications systems, applying quantitative principles based on metrics and statistics.
E27 Capacity to write and maintain descriptive documentation of the origin, production and operability of IT systems.



Subject contents:

1 - Introduction to Software Engineering
    1.1 - Introduction
    1.2 - Motivation
2 - Modeling Techniques
    2.1 - Analysis
    2.2 - Design
    2.3 - Case study
3 - Software Process
    3.1 - Objectives
    3.2 - The Software Process
    3.3 - The Software Lifecycle
    3.4 - Methodologies
    3.5 - Case study
4 - Implementation and Software Testing
    4.1 - Basic foundations
    4.2 - Programming principles and guideliness
5 - Design and redesign
    5.1 - Interface design patterns
    5.2 - Design patterns
    5.3 - Refactorings

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

This course will use the following methodologies in order to give the students the best opportunity to develop their competences: lectures, practical cases, exercises and cousework presentations.

Participation in class will be accounted in the final score. All readings, practices and works will be announced using the Online University Platform (

Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 23
Other theory activities 3
Practical exercises 8
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 6
Debates 3
Coursework presentations 4
Laboratory practice 10
Other practical activities 2
Assessment activities 4
Individual study
Tutorials 4
Individual study 32
Individual coursework preparation 16
Group cousework preparation 17
Research work 4
Compulsory reading 6
Recommended reading 4
Other individual study activities 4
Total hours: 150


Calculation of final mark:

Written tests: 60 %
Individual coursework: 15 %
Group coursework: 20 %
Participation: 5 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

Sommerville, Ian (2004). Software Engineering, 7th Ed., Pearson.
Pressman, Roger (2005). Software Engineering. A Practitioners Approach, 6th Ed., McGraw-Hill.

Recommended bibliography:

Bjørner, Dines (2006). Software Engineering 3. Domains, Requirements and Software Design, Springer.
Shoval, Peretz (2007). Functional and Object Oriented Analysis and Design: an Integrated Methodology, Idea Group Publishing.
Jalote, Pankaj (2005). An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering, Springer.
McConnell, Steve (2003). Professional Software Development, Addison Wesley
Kroll, Per (2006). Agility and Discipline Made Easy: Practices from OpenUP and RUP, Addison Wesley.
Sangwan, Raghvinder et al (2007). Global Software Development Handbook, Auerbach Publications.
Tomayko, James et al (2004). Human Aspects of Software Development, Charles River Media.
Peckham, Joan (ed.) (2003). Practicing Software Engineering in the 21st Century, IRM Press.
Aurum, Aybüke et al (2005). Engineering and Managing Software Requirements, Springer.
Gunderloy, Mike (2004). Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for Delivering Your Software, Sybex
Booch, Grady et al (2007). Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications, 3th Ed., Addison-Wesley.
Pidd, Michael (ed.) (2004). Systems Modelling. Theory and Practice, John Wiley.

Recommended websites:

Center for Systems and Software Engineering: The aim of this site is to work towards evolving and unifying theories and practices of systems and software Engineering.
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering: Technical articles and news about Software Engineering issues
The Podcast for Professional Software Developers: Here you can download audio episodes relating experiences of software engineers