Course syllabus

Configuration Management

EDAN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED C/D
Date of Decision: 2020-03-30

General Information

Elective for: BME4, C4-da, D4-se, E4-pv, F4, I4-pvs, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The objective of the course is to give the student basic and advanced knowledge and skills in Software Configuration Management (SCM). To explain the general concepts and principles of SCM. To experiment with specific techniques and mechanisms in existing SCM tools. To give an understanding of how an SCM system is composed from processes, tools and people. To show how SCM can service and support other parts of the software development process. The course gives training in reviewing scientific papers.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Problems and goals of SCM; SCM concepts and principles; collaboration, communication and co-ordination; SCM for parallel and distributed development; SCM work models; build processes; SCM repositories; branching and merging; SCM activities: Identification, Control, Status Accounting, Audit; release management; SCM plans and roles; SCM and related areas (OSS, XP, PDM, SPF); SCM in industry. Computer labs: CVS, Perforce and Git. Project: SCM plan.

Lectures give an overview over the literature as a help for further self-study. Seminars give possibility for in-depth discussions and insights after self-study of literature. Exercise sessions relate the theory to practical problems through group discussions of possible solutions to exercises. Labs give training and insight into how different concepts and principles can be implemented in different ways in different tools. The project gives possibility to dig deeper into and read more about a part of the course that the group finds particularly interesting.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Compulsory course items: laboratory work, a paper review (with student peer assessment) and a project work. Oral examination. To qualify for the examination students must have completed the laboratory work and the paper review. The practical tool aspects are evaluated during the computer labs (pass/fail). The rest of the course is evaluated through an oral exam in group and through the group's project. Grading is individual: U/3/4/5. The final grade of the course is based on the result of the oral exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0111. Name: Compulsory Course Items.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade, the students must have completed all six parts with a satisfactory result. Contents: A paper review of a scientific paper on configuration management, three tool labs with lab reports and two student peer assessments (on paper review and one tool lab report). Further information: To qualify for the examination part of the course, "Compulsory Course Items" (and "Project") must have been completed with a satisfactory result.
Code: 0211. Name: Project.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade the project work must be completed with a satisfactory result. Contents: A compulsory project work. Further information: To qualify for the examination part of the course, "Project" (and "Compulsory Course Items") must have been completed with a satisfactory result.
Code: 0311. Name: Examination.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Oral examination. Further information: To qualify for the examination, the student must have completed both "Compulsory Course Items" and "Project" with a satisfactory result.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 56
Selection: 5 places (maximum) will be allotted for exchange students. 51 places are allotted to students from LTH. Criteria for selection: Credits awarded or credited within the study programme. Priority is given to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: EDA240

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Univ.lektor Lars Bendix,
Course homepage:
Further information: The exam is oral and takes place in the normal exam period after the course is over. Re-exams can be scheduled as needed.