Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 First semester 2015 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to the discipline of software engineering at the postgraduate level. The emphasis is upon a broad coverage of various aspects of software engineering. We assume the students will at this stage have adequate programming skills and are able to put theories to practice. The notion of a software system as a model or approximation of a desired system is introduced, and used as a way of describing such things as the software life cycle and its various models, programming by contract, design and testing issues, maintenance, reuse, complexity, divide and conquer strategies, metrics and measurement, project management and software legacy.


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

  • describe the breadth and nature of the software engineering process and distinguish various phases of the process;
  • create and develop the required artefacts during each phase of the software engineering process;
  • differentiate and evaluate the software engineering techniques used to produce the artefacts;
  • assess the issues in constructing large software systems from its components, and the nature and design of these components;
  • employ group working skills in solving software development problems;
  • analyse and evaluate IT-related scenarios with reference to the software engineering code of ethics and professional practice.


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 tutorial

(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)


FIT9131 or FIT5131 or FIT9017 or equivalent

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