cse5des system design




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to introduce students to the concept of advanced object oriented conceptual modelling for software engineering and data modelling. It uses as its fundamental conceptual data model, the object-oriented model. Unified Modelling Language (UML) notation is adopted for graphical representation. Several software development processes, including the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and Extreme Programming (XP), are presented and critically examined. Object Constraint Language (OCL) is presented as well as its uses in rigorous object-oriented data modelling.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKinh Nguyen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE1OOF or CSE4OOF AND Enrolment in one of the following courses: SMIT, SMICT, SMCSC, SMBBS, SGBBS, SGDCS, SPCS, SGDIT or SGCS.


Incompatible subjects CSE2DES 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. Explain well-known software development processes, e.g. RUP and XP, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and identity conditions in which the adoption of a particular process would be appropriate

Software development process is covered in 2 lectures and 1 lab The lab has a number of short questions on various software development issue and a major question to provide an overview of a light-weight software development process

02. Use UML models (including use case models, class diagrams, sequence diagrams, state machines, activity diagrams) to construct analysis and design models, taking into account how these models can be used to support different views of a software system and how they can be integrated with one another

A model is covered approximately one or two lectures The practice on the use of a model is covered in one or two labs

03. Apply a variety of analysis and design techniques and, taking into account their strengths and weaknesses, evaluate the quality and benefits of the models

Some analysis and design techniques related to a model are presented in the lectures where that model is presented, and practised in labs devoted to that model (e.g. behavioural modeling using sequence diagrams is presented in the lecture and practised in the lab on sequence diagrams) Other analysis and design techniques are covered in one or more lectures by themselves and practised in one or two labs (e.g. domain modeling is covered in two lectures and practised in two labs)

04. Develop object-oriented conceptual, analysis and design models for software-intensive systems, with emphasis on rigorous modeling

In addition to those for use case and domain modeling, four more lectures and two more labs are devoted to the techniques required for developing the skills pertaining to this ILO Further practice to develop these skills are covered in the assignment

05. Use a prescribed set of prototyping and testing techniques to construct a prototype of the system and test it, aiming to demonstrate that the functional requirements of the system are fully captured

This is covered in one lecture and two labs

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKinh Nguyen

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
3-hour examinationHurdle requirement: To pass the subject, a pass in the examination is mandatory.7001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assignment (1750-word equivalent)Assignment focuses on requirements and domain modeling, design, prototyping and testing.3002, 03, 04, 05