Software Engineering Fundamentals - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (15%) , Assignment 2 (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit aims to guide you in both the theoretical and practical aspects of developing computer solutions for real-world problems. You will study the tools and techniques used in analysis and design of software systems, and apply those tools within a recognised software development methodology and within the context of a case study.

Upon successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. explain the main aspects of software engineering
  2. explain key aspects of models and processes for designing a complex software system
  3. apply key aspects of a software engineering process to the development of a complex software system
  4. evaluate requirements for a software system
  5. apply the process of analysis and design using the object-oriented approach
  6. communicate to others the progress of the system development and the content of the design by means of reports and presentations
  7. recognise current trends in the area of software engineering.
  • Assignment 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 (15%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Or have equivalent programming experience before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Software engineering lifecycle
3Gathering requirements
4UML use cases
5UML class and object diagrams
6UML sequence and collaboration diagrams
7Activity and state diagrams
8Software testing and software quality assurance
9Project management
10Risk management
11Methodologies: rational unified process and XP

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Data and Computer Communications


    ISBN: 9781292014388


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