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COIT20258 - Software Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to teach you both theoretical and practical aspects of software engineering which involves specification, development, management and evolution of software systems. Theory will focus on software processes, requirements engineering, system models and modelling, robustness analysis, architectural design, object-oriented design, and software development methodology. The theoretical and practical aspects of software testing, software evolution, and quality management including quality assurance, and quality control are also discussed. You will also be introduced to the principles of software evolution and configuration management. This unit has a strong practical focus and the theoretical aspects are reinforced with practical work. The software engineering life cycle support functionality provided by modern software development environments is also addressed.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: COIT20247 Database Design and Development, COIT20256 Data Structures and Algorithms, and COIT20248 Information Systems Analysis and Design

Anti-requisites: COIT20226 Software Design and Implementation

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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Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

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 Postgraduate 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 Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Examination 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

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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: Student feedback.
Feedback
Agile development.
Recommendation
Emphasise in the assignment specifications that Agile development with two iterations is being used to develop an application. The two iterations correspond to Assignment 1 and Assignment 2.
Action Taken
The assignment specifications were modified accordingly.
Source: Unit coordinator's personal reflection.
Feedback
User interface development should reflect best practice.
Recommendation
Employ JavaFX rather than Swing both in the case studies and in the assignments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the principles of software design
  2. Propose appropriate software management processes for a software engineering project
  3. Employ Unified Modeling Language (UML) and design patterns in the design and documentation of software systems
  4. Critique design alternatives and development methods available to a software developer
  5. Design, develop, and test non-distributed, three layered software applications
  6. Exploit the software engineering life cycle support functionality provided by modern software development environments.

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:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • System Integration (SINT)
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination