Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The aim of this subject is to impart to students knowledge and skills in developing 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, Agile development method, Agile versus Waterfall methodology, Extreme programming, and Scrum development methodology.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Lai

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE5DES OR admission in one of the following courses: SMIT, SMICT,SMCSC, SMITCN, SGIT or SGCS


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

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Be able to analyse and compare between user and system requirements and between functional and non-functional requirements of a software system for meeting the needs of users
02. Be able to relate the principles of system and requirements engineering to how they together contribute to building a computer-based system successfully
03. Be able to compare the different types of software architectures and to relate software architecture and design to how they together contribute to building a software system to meet the needs of users
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Lai

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2-hour written exam Hurdle requirement: to pass the subject, a minimum 40% mark in the examination is mandatory.N/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Problem solving tasks (1,300-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo24 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Laboratory report (1,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
10 Tutorial exercises (900-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo18 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Nine Quizzes (100-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo8 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4