TDT4242 - Advanced Software Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 50/100
Home exam 50/100 4 hours
School exam 50/100 4 hours C

Course content

This course focuses on software engineering for smart, critical, and complex software-intensive systems. The course contains four modules. 1) Requirements specification module focuses on methods to transit from user requirements to high-quality technical requirements; 2) Testing management model focuses on testing strategies; 3) Code quality module focuses on code analysis, code review, and code refactoring; 4) Complex system module focuses on verification and validation of complex software systems.

Students will apply the requirement specification, testing techniques, and code review and refactoring to homework assignments and group projects throughout the course.

Learning outcome

After having taken this course, students should be able to: 1) Identify and correct typical requirements quality issues; 2) Apply different testing, code review, code analysis, and code refactoring approaches; 3) Explain industrial state of the practice methods of verifying and validating high-assurance software-intensive system; 

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (50%) and other work (50%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. The text for the written final exam will be in English. The candidates may choose to write their answers in either English or Norwegian. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral. In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.


Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 50/100 C 2022-06-03 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU