COMP SCI 3303 - Engineering Software as Services I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The objectives of this course are to provide students with the fundamental knowledge, understanding, and skills required for engineering software as services using state-of-the-art software development methods (such as Agile methods, Lean approaches, and DevOps) and technologies (Ruby on Rails, and Cloud Computing). That is, designing, building, and evolving large scale IT systems and infrastructures to exploit the cloud-computing paradigm. This course will cover not only the theoretical concepts and implementation technologies and techniques for developing cloud-enabled software services but will also provide knowledge and skills in methods, approaches, and tools for engineering software services to be deployed and operated on private, public, or hybrid cloud platforms. This course provides students with the technical and non-technical knowledge necessary for leveraging the technological advances in cloud computing and methodological innovations in Agile and Lean approaches to engineering software services.. The course will be a 3 Unit one semester course offered in the first semester of third year of the BE(SE) degree program.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 COMP SCI 1103 Alg. Design and Data Structures.
    Incompatible COMP SCI 3006, COMP SCI 3015A, COMP SCI 31015B, COMP SCI 3017, COMP SCI 3018.
    Restrictions Available to BESE students only
    Course Description The objectives of this course are to provide students with the fundamental knowledge, understanding, and skills required for engineering software as services using state-of-the-art software development methods (such as Agile methods, Lean approaches, and DevOps) and technologies (Ruby on Rails, and Cloud Computing). That is, designing, building, and evolving large scale IT systems and infrastructures to exploit the cloud-computing paradigm. This course will cover not only the theoretical concepts and implementation technologies and techniques for developing cloud-enabled software services but will also provide knowledge and skills in methods, approaches, and tools for engineering software services to be deployed and operated on private, public, or hybrid cloud platforms. This course provides students with the technical and non-technical knowledge necessary for leveraging the technological advances in cloud computing and methodological innovations in Agile and Lean approaches to engineering software services..
    The course will be a 3 Unit one semester course offered in the first semester of third year of the BE(SE) degree program.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ali Babar

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After completing this course, the students should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of different concepts and mechanisms underpinning Software as Services, Service Oriented Architecture, Agile Approaches, and Cloud Computing.
    2. Provide a detailed description of technologies and approaches for engineering software as services for clouds such as Ruby on Rail, Internet infrastructures, and virtualized resources.
    3. Explain the fundamental concepts and approaches of Modelling, designing, implementing, and deploying cloud-enabled software services such SOA Patterns, REST architecture style, Scrum, Behaviour Driven Development (BDD), Test Driven Development (TDD), and Open Source tools for continuous deployment and monitoring.
    4. Design and implement software services for cloud infrastructures following the principles, practices, and methods for service oriented and cloud computing.
    5. Understand how to design and implement a pipeline for continuous deployment and monitoring of services.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Armando Fox and David Patterson, Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing, Strawberry Canyon LLC. 2014.
    Online Learning
    Some of the online resources available for this course are listed here: 

    https://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au/course/view.php?id=636

    https://studio.edge.edx.org/course/course-v1:UniversityOfAdelaide+COMP-SCI-3303-S15+2015_Spring

    http://www.saasbook.info

    GitHub is also available within the School for this course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Workshops & Service Engineering Labs
    Workshop Style, Flipped Classroom, SPOC, Project Based, Learning by doing.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    For a 3 Unit course, a student is expected to spend 10 to 12 hours including the contact time with the course teachign team.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week/Dates Topics Relevant Readings Assignments Project Work & Due dates
    W1- 04/03/15 Course Introduction & Ruby Code Academy 1-10
    W2- 11/03/15 Infrastructure setup & Ruby Virtualization & Heroku Code Academy 11-19 Quiz 1 \
    W3- 18/03/15 Introduction to SaaS Ch. 1 Quiz 2
    W4- 25/03/15 Architectures for SaaS Ch. 2 Quiz 3
    W5- 01/04/15 Introduction to Ruby Ch. 3 Quiz 4
    W6- 08/04/15 Introduction to Rail Ch. 4 Quiz 5
    W7- 29/04/15 Behavior Driven Design & User Stories Ch. 7 Quiz 6 HW1 released
    W8- 06/05/15 Test Driven Development & DevOps Ch. 8.1-8.5 Ch. 12.1-12.6 Group Project Starts
    W9- 13/05/15 Project review meeting (PRM) HW1 due HW2 released
    W10- 20/05/15 PRM Iteration 1
    W11-27/05/15 PRM HW2 due HW3 released
    W12-03/06/15 PRM Iteration 2
    W13-10/06/15 No meeting HW3 due HW 4 released
    19/06/15 Non teaching period Non teaching period Final Submission
    24/06/15 Exam Period HW4 due
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

    6 Quizzes - 30%. Each quiz worth of 5%.

    4 Learning Assignments (HW) - 30%

    Group activities and course participation - 10%.

    Group project with individual assessment - 30%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    There are no additional assessment related requirements.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission
    Submission will be via the course forums. 
    Documents commited to the School's GitHub server and commitments to GitHub will also be assessed.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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