Software Modelling and Design

Subject SWEN30006 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 one-hour lectures (two per week) and 12 one hour workshops (one per week)
Total Time Commitment: Not available

433-294 Object Oriented Software Development OR
433-520 Programming and Software Development OR
433-254 Software Design

433-298 Algorithms and Data Structures OR
433-521 Algorithms and Complexity OR
433-253 Algorithms and Data Structures

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
433-341 Software Engineering Process & Practice
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the Disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit Website:


Dr Peter Schachte


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Subject Overview: Software Systems must be carefully designed and analysed before they are constructed; this subject teaches the knowledge and skills needed for this. Topics include requirements analysis, including use-cases; the Unified Modelling Language (UML); software design processes and principles; some common design patterns and architectural styles; software tools for analysis and design. The emphasis will be on techniques appropriate for object-oriented programming.

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse systems requirements
  • Carry out an architectural and detailed design for medium sized software systems
  • Select appropriate design patterns for a design, and
  • Choose an implementation platform and framework to suit a design.

Assessment: Project work during semester, expected to take about 36 hours (30%);
a mid-semester test (10%); and a 2-hour end-of-semester written examination (60%).
To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall, 15/30 in project work,
and 35/70 in the mid-semester test and end-of-semester written examination combined.
Prescribed Texts: TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Bioinformatics
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Computer Science
Computer Science
Master of Engineering (Software)
Software Systems

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