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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedBerwick First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Hong Kong First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)


This unit will provide students with an introduction to systems development using an agile development approach. The unit will focus on the application of UML models to the analysis and design of a system. The unit will introduce students to the nature of systems analysis and design as a problem-solving activity, describe the key elements of analysis and design, and explain the place of the analysis and design phases within the an agile development life cycle. The unit will introduce students to the nature of modelling as an analytical and a communicative process.

Major topics include: Agile development and the role of prototyping in systems development, user interface design, domain modelling with UML class diagrams, process modelling with use-case diagrams, use-case driven development and testing, use-case realisation with sequence diagrams, requirements gathering and the implementation and support phases of systems development.


At the completion of this unit students will have
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the roles of systems analysts and designers in agile system development;
  • the criteria that can be used to evaluate the quality of a model of a system;
  • the purpose of different types of models in the UML;
  • the role and application of automated tools in systems modelling.

Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate that a range of valid solutions exist for any given problem.

Developed the skills to:
  • interpret and evaluate systems analysis and systems design models created using UML;
  • create analysis and design models using the main elements of UML; namely class, use-case, sequence and robustness diagrams;
  • create system test plans and test cases, and conduct system testing;
  • create and evaluate models and prototypes of a user interface using storyboards and wireframes;
  • apply problem solving techniques at different levels of abstraction and understand the effect this may have on a system specification.

Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • explain the interdependence and relationships between all stake-holders in the systems development process;
  • create and understand RFP documents.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter O'Donnell

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT1004 or FIT2010
For students in courses 2380, 2770, 3517 and 2672 who commenced prior to 2011: FIT1008


BUS2021, CPE2003, CSE1204, CSE1205, GCO1813, GCO2601, GCO2852, GCO2826, IMS1001, IMS1002, IMS1805, IMS2071, IMS9001

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