CS5033 - Software Architecture

Academic year

2022 to 2023 (Semester 2)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 11

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable

To be arranged.

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

TBC Module coordinator(s): Director of Postgraduate Teaching - Computer Science (dopgt-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module introduces students to the concept of software architecture, as an aid to software design, reuse and evolution. When students have completed this module, they will: have knowledge of the key elements of software architectures; recognise architectural styles of existing software systems; be able to describe the software architecture of a non-trivial system accurately; be able to construct systems that satisfy an architectural description; understand how software architecture aids design, reuse and evolution of software.

Relationship to other modules


Pgt: you must also take CS5031

Assessment pattern

3-hour Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%


3-hour Examination = 40%, Existing Coursework = 60%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2.5 hr x 11 weeks lectures/seminar/tutorial/practical class.

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.