COMPM024 - Tools and Environments

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Code COMPM024 (Also taught as: COMPGS04)
Year 4
Prerequisites Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of the Computer Science undergraduate programme.
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 module, students must:


  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all components combined;
  • Obtain a minimum mark of 40% in each component worth ≥ 30% of the module as a whole.



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