COIT12200 - Software Design & Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with practical knowledge and skills for software design and development, including the phases of requirements engineering, system modelling, architectural design, software implementation, testing and evolution in the Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC). In this unit, you will construct layered information systems, consisting of presentation and application and data layers, to demonstrate the understanding of SDLC processes. Completion of this unit will help build a solid foundation for software application development.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
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Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%

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

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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.

Source: Unit Evaluation Report
Feedback
This unit has received positive feedback from students on overall quality and assessment requirements.
Recommendation
Continue with the current teaching practices and keep students involved.
Action Taken
Implemented this recommendation.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Lack of importance given to software quality standards.
Recommendation
Include the practice of quality management aspects in software application design and implementation to both unit content and assessment item two.
Action Taken
Changes made to the unit content to include quality management aspects in software application design and implementation.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the theoretical concepts lengthy and exhaustive in the lecture and tutorials.
Recommendation
Include a mix of both theoretical and practical activities in the tutorials. More practical activities on UML modelling will be discussed in the tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the case study used for modelling and implementation in parallel to the assessments very helpful.
Recommendation
Continue this practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Provide more detailed feedback in assessment marking.
Recommendation
Maintain communication with the teaching team about the importance of detailed comments in the assessments. These comments will enhance the students understanding and learning capacity.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply software design and development principles
  2. Complete appropriate documentation for requirements, system modelling and design, software implementation, testing and evolution
  3. Illustrate a detailed design for a layered information system using appropriate design methods
  4. Implement an information system, consisting of presentation, application and data layers
  5. Discuss the issues involved in software evolution and maintenance
  6. Use quality management in a range of different design and development scenarios.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides 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 https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html


This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included: 

  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST).
  • System design (DESN)
  • System Integration (SINT)
  • Quality management (QUMG)
  • Requirements definition and management (REQM)
  • Business modelling (BSMO)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination