COMPSCI 331 : Large-Scale Software Development


2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Students will understand how to develop large-scale software systems, and learn about the issues associated with large-scale software systems and techniques for addressing them.

Course Overview

COMPSCI 331 builds on skills developed through stage 2 software development courses (COMPSCI 230, COMPSCI 235). COMPSCI 331 provides a mix of theory and practice that relates to the development of large-scale software systems. A key theme is working in teams. The course includes a practical team project that involves building a Web-based system using Java technologies. The course also includes an individual assignment that focuses of application of software architecture theory. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: COMPSCI 230, 235

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe what is meant by software architecture and its relevance with respect to large-scale software development. (Capability 1)
  2. Describe defining characteristics of large-scale systems, such as distribution and concurrency, deployment, maintenance, and team management. (Capability 1)
  3. Describe the role of contemporary middleware and application frameworks in developing modern systems. (Capability 1)
  4. Apply the principles for developing large-scale applications, using middleware, frameworks and appropriate tools (e.g., for system building and deployment). (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  5. Explain relevant quality attributes, such as scalability, availability and modifiability that are common for large software systems. (Capability 1)
  6. Apply patterns, techniques and tactics to design a software system that satisfies specified quality attributes (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  7. Explain the issues associated with managing the development of large-scale software systems and describe or apply techniques, such as use of automation, and processes for addressing them. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of of how to work effectively in a team (Capability 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 20% Individual Coursework
Group Project 30% Group Coursework
Labs 10% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Group Project

Key Topics

  •     Issues that arise in large-scale software development
  •     Working in teams
  •     Distributed Systems
  •     Web Services
  •     Representational state transfer (REST)
  •     Resource Representation
  •     Data Management
  •     Object-Relational Mapping
  •     Transactions
  •     Software Architecture
  •     Architecture Tactics and Patterns

Special Requirements


Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week (15 weeks) involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in. There are 3 contact hours per week (lectures and labs). The remaining time should be spent reading relevant material, thinking about the content, and working on assignment and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures and labs to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events unless there is disruption due to unexpected events (see Learning Continuity)
Attendance on campus is required for the test.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Lecture materials and lab exercises.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Level 1:  Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person.  All teaching and assessment will have a remote option.  The following activities will also have an on campus / in person option: Lectures, Labs, office hours.
Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 03/11/2021 07:55 p.m.