CSC8204 : High Integrity Software Development
- Offered for Year: 2016/17
- Module Leader(s): Dr Stephen Riddle
- Lecturer: Dr Leo Freitas
- Owning School: Computing Science
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
Pre Requisite Comment
Co Requisite Comment
To introduce principles of high-integrity systems programming, use of restricted language sets and analysis techniques to develop dependable software
An increasing range of tools are available for the development of secure and dependable systems. This module introduces the programming principles that underpin systems that have predictable levels of dependability and shows how those principles are realised in the leading high-integrity programming systems. The module has a strong practical component.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. High-Integrity and Safety-Critical Systems Context
1.1. Nature of software, faults and failures
1.2. Contract based development
1.3. Correctness: partial and total
2. Logic & Proof
2.1. Propositional logic, inference rules, natural deduction, automated proof rules
2.2. Predicate calculus and algebraic proof
3. High-Integrity Languages: SPARK
3.1. Language principles
3.2. Ada and SPARK language
3.2.1. Annotations for flow analysis
3.2.2. Proof annotations
3.3. SPARK static analysis and proof tools
3.3.1. Data and information flow analysis
3.3.2. Generation and simplification of verification conditions for partial correctness, exception freedom
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
To be able to describe and discuss:
- processes and techniques for development of high-integrity software,
- pitfalls of "standard" programming languages and the motivation for safe subsets of programming languages,
- the role of techniques and tools to develop and analyse software.
Intended Skill Outcomes
The ability to select and apply techniques for development of high-integrity software.
The ability to critically analyse software and explain safety implications.
The ability to justify design decisions to a high level of rigour as part of a dependability case.
Graduate Skills Framework
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
- Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
- Critical Thinking : Present
- Data Synthesis : Assessed
- Active Learning : Present
- Numeracy : Present
- Literacy : Assessed
- Information Literacy
- Source Materials : Assessed
- Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
- Use Of Computer Applications : Present
- Self Management
- Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
- Planning and Organisation
- Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
- Personal Enterprise
- Independence : Present
- Problem Solving : Present
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||24||0:30||12:00||Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||10||1:00||10:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||20||1:00||20:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||18||1:00||18:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||20||10 hours|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||20||10 hours|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination assesses the attainment of knowledge outcomes in the context of high-integrity software development. The coursework assessment assesses the design, tools selection and assessment skills on a substantial problem.
Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in the MOF.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.
Past Exam Papers
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