The course will cover the following topics:
- A brief introduction to software development
- Software development processes and ITIL
- High-level view of software development processes
- ITIL v3 in the context of software development: service design, service transition
- IT architecture
- Sourcing options
- Make vs. buy vs. rent
- Decision criteria
- Revising decisions
- Software license models
- Traditional models of software development
- Development models including waterfall model, V model and spiral model
- Standards and methods related to software development
- Introduction to requirements engineering
- Agile models of software development
- Software development ecosystems
- Software product management
- Software innovation management
By the end of this course students should be able to:
- distinguish between the major IS sourcing options that currently exist;
- apply models to make well-founded IS sourcing decisions taking cost, benefits and risks into consideration;
- understand the implications of existing IT architectures, service portfolios and ecosystems on IS software development;
- understand the typical development models applied in software development;
- acknowledge globally recognised frameworks such as the IT infrastructure library;
- apply the skills and knowledge acquired in this course to real-world situations related to the acquisition and development of software in a business environment
Attendance is required during all sessions as individual and group activities will take place during the sessions.
Exceptions can be made by prior agreement and with reasonable cause (e.g., overlapping exams). In case of absence during one graded (online) session, there is an opportunity to complete an additional written, individual assessment.
This course will be taught in a combined distance learning and hybrid mode format. It includes synchronous online modules (attendance required) with individual study such as guided reading and videos, where students can obtain fundamental knowledge of the topics covered in this course. Discussions and group activities involving case studies are key elements of the learning and will be used to intensify the knowledge and foster the understanding of the theoretical foundations.
The group activity during the very last session will take place on campus in hybrid mode. Thus, the attendance time of the course will be divided between several student groups. There will be scheduled a one-hour time slot for each group during which attendance is required. In case the COVID19 situation should require changes, the last session might be transferred to synchronous online sessions, as well.
During the first module, the lecturers will introduce the format of the course, the topics covered and the scheduled assessments. The course content is structured in smaller modules including readings, videos and presentations. For each module, the estimated time for completion is provided. Moreover, practical examples or similar methods are made available.
For some previously announced modules, it is obligatory to familiarise with the topic and prepare theoretical input at home in order to be able to participate and practical exercises and group work during the subsequent sessions.
The lecturers will be available for questions during Q&A sessions and in an online chat room.
Formative assessment will be based on questions, discussions, activities, case studies, seminar papers or homework in groups or individually. Formal grading of work and learning outcomes will be provided for each assessment via LEARN.
The weights of the assessment components are as follows:
- individual online contribution: 20 points of the final grade
- case study (group work): 30 points of the final grade
- individual assessment: 30 points of the final grade
- group activity: 20 points of the final grade
- 88-100 points: excellent (1)
- 76-87 points: good (2)
- 63-75 points: satisfactory (3)
- 51-62 points: sufficient (4)
- 0-50 points: insufficient (5)
Failure to attend, or fully participate in, individual or group assessments will result in a reduced number of points. For each assessment: “no show, no points.”
Students are welcome to discuss course-related issues in online Q&A sessions, at the end of regular online sessions and in the online chat room.
For the synchronous online sessions, breakout sessions and chat, Microsoft Teams will be used.
All course materials will be made available through LEARN. Moreover, forums discussions and assessments will be handled through LEARN.