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COIT12200 Software Design & Development
Software Design & Development
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General Information


In this unit you will learn both theoretical and practical aspects of software engineering. The theory will focus on software processes, requirements engineering, modelling, architectural design, object-oriented design, software development methodology, testing, and quality assurance. You will also be introduced to the principles of software re-use, software evolution and configuration management. You will develop multi-tiered software application having presentation, application and data persistence tiers. You will also learn test-driven software application development using appropriate tools, thus building solid foundations for software development.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: (COIT11134 and COIT11237) OR (COIT11134 and COIT12167).

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Project (applied)
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback


Need a clearer provision about each student contribution to the final paired project - Assessment Item 3.


We will update the marking criteria related to teamwork part in the final project, which will set a clear provision or clause related to each team member's contribution to the project.

Feedback from Student feedback


The current textbook emphasises software development theories. Weekly Lecture slides have too many pages.


We are considering reducing the number of lecture slides. The adopted textbook is a classic book in the field of software development but indeed weekly lecture slides have too many pages that need to be reduced.

Feedback from Self-reflection


We should add some contents in Week 12 related to security engineering. In Assessment Item 3 (Project), we add the requirement of Authentication.


We are considering adding the Authentication requirement for Assessment Item 3 in the next offering. The study materials or tutorial materials in Week 12 will add SHA1/256 algorithm for encrypting the password that can be stored in a table in a MySQL database.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Prepare software requirements specification following requirements engineering
  2. Apply modelling techniques to document architectural and system models as per the requirements specification
  3. Design and implement a multi-tiered software application consisting of presentation, application and data persistence tiers.
  4. Conduct test-driven development, validation and verification testing
  5. Discuss quality management in a range of different design and development scenarios
  6. Work independently and collaboratively in small teams.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles. ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7. The SFIA code is included:
Requirements Definition and management (REQM)
User Experience Analysis (UNAN)
Software Design (SWDN)
System Integration and Build (SINT
Programming/Software Development (PROG)
Database Design (DBDS)
Testing (TEST)
Quality assurance(QUAS)
Quality management (QUMG).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Project (applied) - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Project (applied) - 40%
Textbooks and Resources



Software Engineering

Global Edition (10e) 2015 (2015)
Authors: Ian Sommerville
Harlow Harlow , Essex , United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781292096131
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

BOTH paper and eBook versions can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Modelling software such as Microsoft Visio
  • JDK 11 or a higher version, NetBeans IDE (Java EE version) 11 or a higher version, MySQL Database 5 or a higher version, GlassFish Application Server 5 or a higher version
  • MySQL Community Server 8.06 or higher (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/windows/installer/8.0.html)
  • JUnit 5
  • NetBeans 12.4 or higher version
Academic Integrity Statement

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