28-29 September 2016
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Europe/London timezone

ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service we will be running a 2 day ‘Practical Software Development’ training session.

Writing code is just part of developing effective software - how do you get the best from working with others as part of a software team, incorporating existing work into your own, contributing back and producing code and software suites for others?


Software development comprises a range of activities including writing code, requirements analysis, testing and product evaluation. This course introduces how software development projects can be approached to achieve high-quality software products. Introducing important ideas for both academic and industrial development such software sustainability, testing, adapting processes and communications. The course will introduce practical skills important for use in developing software for research and industrial purposes.


Day 1:

  • 0900 - 0930 : Welcome/Intro
  • 0930 - 1100 : Structured Development
  • 1110 - 1230 : Design Issues and Requirements
  • 1230 - 1330 : Lunch
  • 1330 - 1500 : Planning and Risks
  • 1500 - 1530 : Coffee
  • 1530 - 1700 : Prototyping and Usability


Day 2:

  • 0900 - 0930 : Recap
  • 0930 - 1100 : Testing
  • 1110 - 1230 : Code Work: Analysis and Re-engineering
  • 1230 - 1330 : Lunch
  • 1330 - 1400 : Code Work Cont.
  • 1400 - 1500 : Looking back and Learning
  • 1500 - 1530 : Coffee
  • 1530 - 1700 : Issues affecting Software Development

This course is free to all academics.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Assess and articulate issues with design and code
  • Evaluate and propose risk management for a project
  • Estimate and justify a schedule for a project
  • Create a testing process and articulate the reasoning for the types of tests
  • Evaluate and critique a software project


The course will be delivered over two days in person. The course will interleave practical exercises, including teamwork, with short lectures and discussions.


There are no strict pre-requisites for this course, though familiarity with a programming language and concepts will be beneficial.

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
R80 CR16&17
Science and Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell Campus Didcot OX11 0QX

This course is part-funded by the PRACE project and is free to all. Please register using the online form. If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact epcc-support@epcc.ed.ac.uk.

Information on how to find RAL is available at http://www.archer.ac.uk/training/locations/ral.php