Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Wybrow


This unit introduces students to the use of Information Technology (IT) in modern engineering practice. Students will learn an object-oriented approach to both computer systems and software engineering for solving engineering problems.

Students will work in small teams to develop a mobile application that meets a contemporary need in engineering. The fundamental stages in the software development lifecycle will be introduced, including requirements analysis, design, implementing and testing. Students will use IT tools to support the engineering process.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe, with examples, the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering problems
  2. describe the interaction between developments in IT and their use in modern engineering practice
  3. create and evaluate a simple multi-platform object-oriented architecture design
  4. design and implement a mobile application that utilises the device capabilities to solve an engineering problem
  5. design and perform simple black box acceptance testing
  6. use IT tools, including an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), shared code repository and version control, bug-tracking and design drawing tools, for aspects of the software development process
  7. interpret and produce written technical documentation in standard design formalism
  8. complete tasks as part of a team, and communicate effectively with team members
  9. communicate effectively with clients as part of the software development process


Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours of laboratory/workshop activities and 7 hours of private study per week.

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