COIT13235 - Enterprise Software Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the practical issues involved in the design and implementation of robust enterprise software applications enabling business-to-business and business-to-customer operations. You will learn data persistence and management of persistent objects extending your knowledge of object-oriented programming. You will learn to use well-known design patterns to build portable, highly available and maintainable software applications that require integrated use of several open-source tools. You will work in a small team to design and develop a 3-tier enterprise system with a data persistence tier, business logic layer, and a web-based presentation tier. Issues and consequences of complex computing will be discussed in the context of enterprise computing architecture and technology.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: 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 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.98% response rate.

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
Assignment teams formation is difficult
Use a few minutes at the end of a few tutorials to help team forming. Create a team formation forum on the unit site.
Action Taken
Students were encouraged to form groups from Week 1. Those who weren't able to do so were put in groups by the Unit Coordinator.
Source: DDLT
Weekly contents overview should be provided.
Write a brief overview for each Moodle block (week) describing what that week is about
Action Taken
A clear and complete overview of weekly contents was provided on top of every tile on Moodle.
Source: Student feedback and Unit Coordinator's reflection
Students and tutors spent too much time fixing software configuration problems instead of the unit’s learning activities.
Update the software configuration and lab instructions to simplify the setup and configuration of Glassfish and MySQL. Also, change the first tutorial’s activities to focus on setting up the software environment and follow up briefly on subsequent tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback and Unit Coordinator's reflection
Unit content is outdated and lacks industry’s current practices and trends.
Identify textbooks and/or resources that cover Enterprise Software Development with state-of-the-art frameworks/tools such as Spring Framework, REST Services, and Microservices.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare the major enterprise software architectures
  2. Investigate the design options available for a given scenario depicting a complex enterprise problem
  3. Develop software applications using persistent objects and object-relational mapping
  4. Build a 3-tiered enterprise software system integrating data persistence, business logic, and web tiers
  5. Analyse the effectiveness of enterprise software systems for business operations involving diverse groups of stakeholders with varying needs
  6. Work collaboratively in a team contributing to productive software development.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA provides a consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many countries and is increasingly 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. The SFIA code is included:
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Data modelling and design (DTAN)
  • Database design (DBDS)
  • Software design (SWDN)
  • Systems design (DESN)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Systems integration and build (SINT)
  • Release and deployment (RELM)
  • Application support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
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
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural 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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment