COMPGS04 - Tools and Environments

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Code COMPGS04 (Also taught as: COMPM024)
Year MSc
Prerequisites Students should have an understanding of the basics of programming and software engineering.
Term 1
Taught By Jens Krinke (100%)
Aims The course will train students in the principles and application of software tools and environments. The course will cover the fundamental practices that we would expect from any software professional we would want to hire. The course is based on our decades of experience on real projects, including the latest thinking on software process. For most students, it will introduce a lot of new material.
Learning Outcomes On completion of the course unit, the successful student should have a good knowledge and understanding of the nature and variety of software tools and environments that are available for achieving software engineering tasks. The successful student should also be able to select appropriate tools and environments for the task at hand and to apply the tools and environments to achieve the task.


Version and Configuration Management

Build and Integration Tools

Debugging and Profiling Tools

Software Analysis

Code Audit

Method of Instruction:

Lectures, laboratories, coursework


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (2.5 hours, 75%)
  • Coursework Section (3 pieces, 25%)

To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all sections combined.


Readings will be drawn primarily from journal and conference papers in the areas of software tools and environments.