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FIT3037 - Software engineering

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: R Smith


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


In this unit students will learn about many aspects of working with a large team on large projects to produce quality software products on time and within budget. The student will gain an appreciation of the tools and techniques used to develop software systems within a group context. Topics to be studied include: software development lifecycle models; sizing, estimation, planning and control of projects; functional specification and design of real-time systems; formal specification and design using Z; integration and testing strategies, configuration management; reuse and re-engineering.


At the completion of this unit, students will have knowledge of:

  1. the continuing software crisis, problems encountered in the development of large software systems: poor quality, late delivery and budget overruns;
  2. techniques used in software engineering to counter these problems. At the completion of this unit, students will have understanding of:
  3. the role of software lifecycle models in project control and planning;
  4. different categories of software metrics;
  5. software estimation methods;
  6. methods for specifying real-time systems;
  7. techniques and tools to support configuration management;
  8. strategies for testing software;
  9. the roles and responsibilites of project team members. At the completion of this unit, students will have skills in:
  10. applying techniques for scheduling and control of large projects;
  11. constructing and validating a software specification;
  12. formal methods specification of software systems;
  13. functional design of software systems;
  14. describing large software systems using appropriate language and technical sprecification techniques to suit the intended audience. At the completion of this unit, students will have awareness that quality software is not a luxury but essential in solving the software crisis.


Exam(3hours):55%; Assignments:45%

Contact hours

one x 2hr lecture/week, one x 2hr tutorial/week




CSE2201, CSE2401, (Transition set:GCO3811)