COMP SCI 3303 - Engineering Software as Services I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 3303 Course Engineering Software as Services I Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites One of COMP SCI 1007, COMP SCI 1009, COMP SCI 1103, COMP SCI 1203, COMP SCI 2103, COMP SCI 2202 or COMP SCI 2202B Incompatible COMP SCI 3006, COMP SCI 3015A, COMP SCI 3017, COMP SCI 3310, COMP SCI 3311, COMP SCI 3312, COMP SCI 3313 Restrictions Available to BE(Software) students only Course Description The objectives of this course are to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for engineering Software as a Service, SaaS. Students will learn and use state of the art industry practices from the Agile software development paradigm such as Scrum, Behaviour Driven Development, Test Driven Development and Continuous Deployment, to build SaaS applications. The course will use technologies such as Ruby on Rails, GitHub, Cucumber and RSpec to aid development. This course will cover both the theoretical concepts and practical implementation details required to engineer SaaS in Cloud based web applications. There will be a strong focus on collaborative coding and team projects.
Course Coordinator: Dr Mansooreh Zahedi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Discuss different concepts and mechanisms underpinning Software as a Service, Service Oriented Architecture, Agile Approaches, and Cloud Computing. 2 Explain the new challenges, opportunities, and open problems of Software as a Service. 3 Take a Software as a Service project from conception through planning, development, assessment/testing, deployment, and operations, experiencing the attendant challenges of each stage, using Ruby on Rails for development and Cloud Computing for deployment. 4 Explain and use agile development methodologies and tools, including lo-fi UI sketching, user stories, behavior-driven development, version control for team-based development, and management tools for cloud-computing environments. 5 Develop both technical and collaboration skills for working in "one-pizza" software teams. 6 Explain and apply fundamental programming constructs and techniques including design patterns for software architecture, higher-order functions, metaprogramming, reflection, etc. to improve the maintainability, modularity and reusability of their code.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3, 4, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3, 5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesThe text book for the course is: Armando Fox and David Patterson, Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing, 1st Edition, Strawberry Canyon LLC., ISBN-13: 978-0984881246.
- All students are expected to have their own copy of the textbook.
- A Kindle version is available on the Australan Amazon site and is automatically updated.
Online LearningAll lectures, assignment descriptions and links to on-line resources are available on the course website.
This course uses the School of Computer Science's GitHub Enterprise Server rather than subversion for all assignment work:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEach week there will be two one-hour lectures followed by a two hour workshop, you are expected to attend all of the lectures and workshops.
The lectures will present new material, discuss new concepts and may include group activities.
The workshops are focussed on developing the practical skills needed for the individual and group assignments. They also provide time for groups to work together on the final assignment.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.You are expected to spend 10 hours per week on this course including attending all scheduled classes.
Learning Activities SummaryThe topics taught in this course can be broadly classified as shown below:
Week Topic 1 Introduction to SaaS and Agile Development 2 The Architecture of SaaS applications 3 SaaS Framework: Introduction to Ruby 4 SaaS Framework: Introduction to Rails 5 SaaS Framework: Advanced Rails 6 Requirements: BDD and User Stories 7 Testing: TDD 8 Project Management: Scrum, pairs and Version Control 9 to 12 Group Project
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment** Assignments 20 Individual Formative 5, 8 1. 3. 4. 6. 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 Group Project 20 Group Formative 12 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1.1 1.2 2.4 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 Exam 60 Individual Summative E Min 40% 1. 2. 4. 6. 1.1 1.2 3.2 Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction1.2 Design
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics2.2 Professional expectations2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues2.4 Interpersonal communications2.5 Societal issues2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software3.2 Data & information3.3 Networking
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming4.2 Human factors4.3 Systems development4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational5.2 IT project management5.3 Service management5.4 Security management
Assessment Related Requirements**Hurdle Requirement: If your overall mark for the course is greater than 44 F but, your mark for the final written exam is less than 40%, your overall mark for the course will be reduced to 44 F.
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All work will be submitted using a combination of the School's GitHub server and the course website. Submission details will be included in the assignment descriptions that will be published on the course website.
Penalties for Late Submission of Individual Assignments
If you hand in your work late, your mark may be capped, based on how many days late it is, as follows:
- Up to 1 day late — mark is reduced to 75%, marks below 75% are not affected.
- Up to 2 days late — mark is reduced to 50%, marks below 50% are not affected.
- Up to 3 days late — mark is reduced to 25%, marks below 25% are not affected.
- More than 3 days late — mark is reduced to 0.
Extensions for Individual Assignments
If you are unable to complete an assessment by the due date because of medical or compassionate circumstances, you must submit a request to the course coordinator prior to the due date. In your request you must attach supporting documentation – a medical certificate and/or a letter from the student counseling service. Work requirements are not considered grounds for extensions. If you are working, please make sure you are available for all activities.
Penalties for Late Submission of Group Assignments
The late submission of group assignments is not possible. The assessment will be based on material present in each group's GitHub repository at the due date.
The final examination will be scheduled by the examinations office. You will be able to access your exam schedule through Access Adelaide. You must be available during the replacement examination period (check University dates). If you are offered a replacement examination or additional assessment and are unable to attend for any reason, another examination or other form of assessment may not be offered.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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