Software Conceptual Design

By Prof. Sridhar Iyer, Prof. Prajish Prasad, Prof. T. G. Lakshmi   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 4200
This course will provide learners with an overview of what all is involved in creating conceptual software designs. Specifically, it will take learners through different aspects of understanding, creating and evaluating software conceptual designs.

After going through the course, learners will be able to:
1. Think of software in terms of sub-systems, and understand what issues have to be considered in order to design these sub-systems
2. Create a software conceptual design for a given design problem, and model them using Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams
3. Evaluate their designs for functional and non-functional quality attributes

PRE-REQUISITE: Learners should have undergone a basic course in programming in any language, and should be familiar with basic programming constructs  

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: This course can be useful for graduates who wish to be employed in Software/IT companies in software engineering positions.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Deconstructing the software design process
Week 2: Designing Software using the FBS Framework
Week 3: Comprehending and Evaluating Software Designs
Week 4: The Next Steps - Where does one go from here

Books and references

1 .Software Engineering: A Precise Approach – Dr. Pankaj Jalote.
2. Cooperative Software Development – Dr. Amy Ko.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sridhar Iyer

IIT Bombay
Sridhar Iyer is a faculty member in the Inter-Disciplinary Program in Educational Technology, and Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. His current research interests include: Technology enhanced learning environments for thinking skills, Pedagogies for effective use of educational technologies, development of ICT tools for educational applications, and Computer science education research. Sridhar Iyer received his BTech, MTech and PhD from the Dept of Computer Science & Engg. at IIT Bombay.

Prof. Prajish Prasad

Dr. Prajish Prasad completed his PhD from the Interdisciplinary Programme in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. His bachelor and master degrees are in Computer Science. He is a computing education researcher, and specializes in designing technology-enhanced learning environments for topics in computer science. The focus of his doctoral research was on fostering software design evaluation skills in students. Prior to joining his PhD, he worked as a software developer in an EdTech startup, and as an engineering instructor, teaching courses for computer science undergraduates.

Prof. T. G. Lakshmi

Dr. T.G.Lakshmi completed her PhD from the Interdisciplinary Programme in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. She has completed her bachelor and master degrees in computer science engineering. Her doctoral research focuses on fostering software conceptual design using the Function-Behaviour-Structure design framework. She is a computing education and learning science researcher. Her interests also include designing and implementing technology-enhanced learning environments for learners. Prior to joining her PhD she was a software developer and a lecturer teaching undergraduate computer engineering students for several years.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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