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1.1 Explain the importance of each stage in traditional software lifecycle approaches.


Unit Reference Number


Unit Title

Software Development

Unit Level


Number of Credits


Total Qualification Time

200 hours

Mandatory / Optional



06.1 ICT practitioners

Unit Grading Structure


Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the fundamental concepts of programming with the emphasis being laid on the whole of the software development process, to include the environment in which software is developed and the tools that assist in this process. Learners are given the choice to use a programming language of their choice.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Learning Outcomes- The learner will:

Assessment Criteria- The learner can:

1. Understand the software development lifecycle.




Explain the importance of each stage in traditional software lifecycle approaches.

Evaluate alternative software development approaches.

2. Understand the process of software development.


Evaluate software development techniques.



Evaluate the use of different software development tools.



Evaluate software testing methodologies.



Describe software deployment techniques.



Evaluate methods of reviewing system performance.

3. Be able to deploy a functional business application to meet business requirements.


Produce a software development plan from a system design.






Develop software to meet business requirements.




Test and deploy software.

Evaluate the software against business requirements.





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You have recently joined in FaceTap Digital Academy as a Software Developer. You are given a number of tasks during the probationary period.

Task 1 of 3 Presentation Instructions

You are presenting to a group of senior developers and your presentation should cover the following:

  1. A description of software deployment techniques and an explanation of the importance of each stage in traditional software lifecycle approaches.
  2. An evaluation of alternative software development approaches.

(ACs 1.1,1.2, 2.4)

Delivery and Submission

  • 1x Presentation file (including references)
  • 1x Speaker notes
  • Indicative word count 600 words

Task 2 of 3 – Booklet Instructions

You are designing a booklet for the attendees to demonstrate your understanding of the process of software development. Your booklet should cover the following:

  1. An evaluation of the software development techniques.
  2. An evaluation of the use of different software development tools.
  3. An evaluation of the software testing methodologies.
  4. An evaluation of the methods of reviewing system performance

(ACs 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5)

Delivery and Submission

  • 1x Booklet, MS Word processed file
  • Indicative word count 1900 words excluding TOC, diagrams, references and appendices

Task 3 of 3 – Lab  demonstration

You have shown calibre to fit in the team and you have been assigned to. You are asked to develop a software that fits within the business.

Explain the importance of each stage in traditional software lifecycle approaches.


  1. Produce a software development plan from a system design given by your lab instructor.
  2. Follow the plan to develop a software that meets the business requirements.
  3. Test and deploy the software using a suitable platform.
  4. Evaluate the software against the business requirements.

(ACs 3.1,3.2, 3.3, 3.4)

Delivery and Submission

  • 1x Lab demonstration files (Lab instructor will sign FOUR witness statements  for each of the 4 tasks outlining whether each one was successfully demonstrated and achieved)
  • additional files such as pictures during demonstration, video clips on demonstration can be provided on the centre’s discretion

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