Degree Name

Master of Science (Hons.)


School of Information Technology and Computer Science


Over the last couple of years, the shift towards component based software engineering (CBSE) methods has become a cost effective way to get an application to implementation stage much earKer. Adoption of Component Based Development methods acknowledges the use of third party components wherever possible to reduce the cost of software development, shorten the development phase and provide a richer set of processing options for the end user. The use of these tools is particularly relevant in Web based applications, where commercial off the shelf (COTS) products are so prevalent. However, there are a number of risks associated with the use of component based development methods. This thesis investigates these risks within the context of a software engineering project and attempts to provide a means to minimise and or at least manage the risk potential when using component based development methods