TDT4242 - Advanced Software Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 50/100
Home examination 50/100 4 hours

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 and quality assurance model focuses on testing, code analysis, code review, code refactoring, and verification and validation strategies and methods, especially for high-assurance systems. 3) Process improvement module focuses on modern agile methods, e.g. DevOps. 4) Complex system module focuses on development, operation, and maintenance of large and complex software systems. Students will apply the requirement specification, testing, and agile techniques 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 approches; 3) Explain industrial state of the practice methods of verifying and validating high-assurance software-intensive system; 4) Understand state of the practice agile methods, such as DevOps, and apply corresponding tools; 5) Explain issues and solutions of distributed and collaborative software development and maintenance; 6) Explain key issues and solutions of managing and operating large and complex software-intensive systems.

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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS work 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 50/100

Release 2021-05-18

Submission 2021-05-18

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

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.

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