Faculty of Information Technology

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 Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (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 should be able to:

  1. explain the objectives of the systems design and implementation phases of the systems development lifecycle, and the activities which they involve;
  2. describe the strengths and weaknesses, and the use of the main techniques which are used in systems design and implementation;
  3. identify the key issues involved in systems design and implementation;
  4. explain the value of a team-based approach to the development of information systems;
  5. explain the importance of the systems design and implementation phases of the systems development lifecycle;
  6. describe the importance of a systematic approach to the design and implementation phases of systems development;
  7. prepare suitable design and implementation approach alternatives to the development of a business system;
  8. use basic design techniques in the development of elements of an information system;
  9. prepare and present a design specification for a business system;
  10. prepare and present an implementation plan for a business system;
  11. construct and implement a quality business system;
  12. develop expertise in IT practitioner tools;
  13. work effectively as part of a team responsible for carrying out systems design and implementation activities; and
  14. present oral and written design and implementation deliverables with confidence to the relevant stakeholders.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of FIT1040, FIT1002 or equivalent and FIT1004 or equivalent and FIT2001 or equivalent


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

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