Official course description:
Full info last published 15/05-23

Software Development and Software Engineering

Course info
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Price for EU/EEA citizens (Single Subject):
10625 DKK
BSc in Data Science
Course manager
Associate Professor
Course semester
Efterår 2023
28 August 2023
26 January 2024
Exam type
intern censur
Grade Scale
Exam Language
The course is an introduction to software engineering, software development, and object-oriented programming for students of BSc in Data Science and BSc in Global Business IT. The overarching goal is to allow students to work successfully within a professional software engineering setting.


  • principles of software engineering
  • software architectures and design patterns
  • object-oriented analysis and design with UML as modeling language
  • object-oriented implementation with Java as programming language
Formal prerequisites

  • Working knowledge of an imperative programming language (e.g., Python).
  • Understanding of/appreciation for common problems in designing and developing software.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the essentials of all primary facets of software engineering.
  • Model and implement medium-scale object-oriented software systems.
  • Apply time-proven solutions to common recurring software design problems.
  • Integrate individual development with existing software designs.
Learning activities

  • Lectures to acquire theoretical foundations of programming in an object-oriented programming language and general principles of software engineering.
  • Interactions on selected small examples to train application and award the chance for immediate (self-)assessment.
  • Self-contained exercises on specific topics of software development and software engineering with portions of preparation, class-room work, individual tutoring and homework.
  • Comprehensive project developing an object-oriented application with software engineering principles to train and connect individual skills.

Course literature

There is no MANDATORY reading for the course. However, there is a list of SUGGESTED relevant literature. As the course comprises two distinct (but complementary) phases for Java programming and Software Engineering techniques, literature is divided into respective categories. If you pick one of the first two categories and one for Software Engineering, you should have a good accompanying read:

Literature for the Java Portion of the Course

- Java for Data Science – Richard M. Reese, Jennifer L. Reese
- Mastering Java for Data Science – Alexey Grigorev
- Java Data Science Cookbook – Rushdi Shams
- Data Science with Java – Michael R. Brzustowicz

Good Programming in General

- The Pragmatic Programmer – Andrew Hunt
- Clean Code – Robert C. Martin
- How to Use Objects – Holger Gast

Literature for the Software Engineering Portion of the Course

- Software Engineering – Ian Sommerville
- Beginning Software Engineering – Rod Stephens
- Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach – Roger S. Pressman

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 10%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Assignments: 10%
  • Project work, supervision included: 20%
  • Exam with preparation: 20%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
X: Experimental form, Internal (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
X: Experimental form
Exam submisson description:
Duration 2 hours.
Closed book exam.
Only pen and paper allowed.

Exam type:
X: Experimental form, Internal (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
X: Experimental form
Exam submisson description:
Duration 2 hours.
Closed book exam.
Only pen and paper allowed.

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - on premises Wed, 20 Dec 2023, 09:00 - 11:00