cse5sdm system design




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The aim of this subject is to impart to students knowledge and skills indeveloping a software system for meeting user requirements. Topic covered include: overview of software engineering, requirements engineering, user and system requirements, requirements versus Specification, case studies on requirements analysis, functional and non-functional requirements, domain requirements, metrics for requirements, scenarios, Use Case analysis, UML, software architecture, types of software architectures, architectural versus design, architectural styles, software product lines, documenting Software Architectures using techniques like views and viewpoints, software design, enterprise architecture, Zachman Framework, 4+1 Framework, Agiledevelopment method, Agile versus Waterfall methods, Extreme programming,and Scrum development methodology.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Lai

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2DES or CSE5DES


Incompatible subjects CSE4SAR, CSE4SPM, CSE3SDM AND Students in the following courses are not permitted to enrol: SBCS, SBIT, SBCSGT, SVCSE, SZCSC, SBITP and SBBIY.

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be able to analyse user and system requirements, functional and non-functional requirements, and Use cases for implementing a software system to meet user needs.

Software engineering, requirements engineering, design, and software architecture overview will be covered. Functional and non-functional requirements will also be discussed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

02. Be able to implement a modelling language like Unified Modelling Language (UML) in conjunction with a computer-aided tool like Enterprise Architect for managing/modelling user/system requirements.

All labs use a computer-Aided tool like Enterprise Architect using UML Use Case diagrams for software requirements modelling.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Be able to compare the different types of software architectures, and to relate software architecture and design as to how they together contribute to building a software system to meet user needs

Business architecture, enterprise architecture, and technical architecture will be covered. We also discuss how they are related to the types of architectures used in other disciplines, eg, business, civil engineering etc,
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

04. Be able to compare between the Agile and Water Fall Development methods and understand how to apply the Scrum methodology to Agile software development.

The overview of Agile Development method, its advantages and disadvantages, Agile versus Water Fall Development methods, Extreme programming, and Scrum development methodology will be covered.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Lai

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Exam (2.5 hours)3001, 03, 02, 04
Problem solving tasks2201, 04, 03, 02
Laboratories1401, 02, 03, 04
Reflective learning tasks1202, 01, 03, 04
Tutorial exercises1403, 02, 01, 04
Quizzes801, 02, 03, 04