Software Development Methods

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2IS223

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Information Systems G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 25 October 2018
Responsible department
Department of Informatics and Media

General provisions

The course is included in the following degree programme:

* Bachelor's programme in Information Systems, specialisation software engineering, 180 credits.

Is also given as a freestanding course

Entry requirements

7.5 credits in information systems or equivalent

Learning outcomes

Regarding knowledge and understanding the student is expected to be able to on completion of the course:

* Account for different principles, methods, models and technologies for development of information systems and its included parts

Regarding competence and skills the student is expected to be able to on completion of the course:

* Use a modelling language in the development process

* Together with other apply an iterative development model from specification to test

* Use tools for modelling, revision control and test in the development process

* Produce projects artefacts that show the development of software

Regarding judgement and approach the student is expected to be able to on completion of the course:

* Critically discuss the development process and its components to evaluate the results


The course covers the importance of developing software in an iterative process using established methods. The software life cycle and different process models that can be used when developing of software are highlighted. The advantages and disadvantages of the different process models are discussed. In the course, the students work practically with the basic activities to develop central project artefacts for software development through a project work. Focus is on analysis and design and how these are modelled. The modelling language UML (Unified Modelling Language) is used in the course. The development process includes using tools as support for production and handling of project artefacts as well as quality evaluations where the project group presents their work.

Component 1: System Development Methods 1.5 credits

The component deals with different process models and their pros and cons. Further, notation for the modelling language UML is also included. The component also deals with teamwork and group dynamics.

Component 2: Project Administration 3.0 credits

The component deals with project planning in system development projects, quality assurance and handling of tools as support for production and handling of project artefacts.

Component 3: Iterative Development 3.0 credits

The component deals with the basic activities to develop project artefacts. Focus is on analysis and design even if implementation and testing are mentioned.


Teaching is given as lectures, exercises and project work in groups.


The course is examined through written exam, written assignments and oral presentations.

For the grade Pass in the whole course, it is required that all components are passed. For the grade Pass with distinction it is furthermore required that at least two components are passed with distinction.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Other directives

The course is given on Campus Gotland and as a distance course.