FIT3077 - Software engineering: Architecture and design - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Aldeida Aleti

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


FIT2099 or (FIT2001 and (FIT2004 or FIT2024 or CSE2304)) or (FIT2001 and FIT2081)




This unit builds on introductory units to analysis and design. It provides the professional software engineer with advanced knowledge and skills in high-level architectural design, its theoretical foundations, industrial best practice, and relevant application context. In the software life-cycle, software architecture sits between analysis/specification and design/implementation. The field of software architecture has come of age with a thriving research community and numerous high-level models, methods, tools and practices widely used in industry.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. model and design flexible software at the architectural level using various tools and techniques;
  2. analyse and design software systems taking into consideration various quality attributes and requirements;
  3. take requirements for simple systems and develop software architectures and designs at a high level;
  4. use configuration management tools effectively;
  5. apply a variety of design patterns, frameworks and architectures in designing software;
  6. locate and use off-the-shelf components in the construction of software.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 1-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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