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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
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)


This unit focuses on the nature of systems design and implementation as phases within the systems development process. By the end of the unit, students know the principles of how to design and implement a system, have the knowledge and skills required to conduct the main tasks typically required in these phases, and have experience in selecting and using the most suitable design and implementation techniques to develop a system from a requirements specification.
Design topics include: Transition from Analysis to Design; Preparation and Selection of design alternatives; Definition of System architecture requirements; Design Strategies-Structured, Object-oriented, Design patterns; Object-oriented design modelling; Interface Design; Systems security and access controls. Implementation topics include: Implementation planning, testing overview; data conversion; training; documentation-user and help systems; systems installation; transition to maintenance.


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

  • the purpose and objectives of the systems design and implementation phases of the systems development lifecycle, and the activities which they involve;
  • the purpose, strengths and weaknesses, and the use of the main techniques which are used in systems design and implementation;
  • the key issues involved in systems design and implementation.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • recognise the value of a team-based approach to the development of information systems;
  • value the importance of the systems design and implementation phases of the systems development lifecycle;
  • appreciate the importance of a systematic approach to the design and implementation phases of systems development.
Developed the skills to:
  • prepare suitable design and implementation approach alternatives to the development of a business system
  • use basic design techniques in the development of elements of an information system;
  • prepare and present a design specification for a business system;
  • prepare and present an implementation plan for a business system;
  • construct and implement a quality business system;
  • develop expertise in IT practitioner tools.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • work effectively as part of a team responsible for carrying out systems design and implementation activities;
  • present oral and written design and implementation deliverables with confidence to the relevant stakeholders.


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


One of FIT1002, CSE1203, IMS1906 or equivalent and one of FIT1004, CSE2132, IMS1907 or equivalent and one of FIT2001, CSE1205, IMS1805 or equivalent


BUS2021, CPE2003, CSE2200, CSE3308, GCO2813, GCO2816, FIT2005, IMS2805

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