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41093 Software Engineering Studio 1A

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UTS: Engineering: Computer Science
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 36 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Degree owned by FEIT OR 36 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Honours Embedded owned by FEIT OR 36 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Degree owned by FEIT OR 36 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Honours owned by FEIT

Recommended studies:

48260 Engineering Project Management; 31257 Information System Development Methodologies; 31282 Systems Testing and Quality Management

Description

It is challenging to develop a large program of between a thousand and millions of lines of code that cannot afford to fail. The early stages of development must balance problem exploration and design with convergence toward an implementable solution. Developing large, complex systems that work perfectly requires a number of practices to ensure the development happens in a controlled manner. Developing the professional discipline to use and maintain all of the necessary practices is best done through experience.

In this subject students design and begin developing a large, complex software system and implement a number of professional practices required to support such critical software systems. They learn to explore the problem efficiently to develop solution designs that support rapid convergence to the best alternative. To ensure that any proposed solution is feasible, at least one iteration is developed.

The focus of this subject is to develop the professional work practices and processes necessary to coordinate and control development and modification of large, complex code bases through the selection, configuration and application of appropriate software engineering processes and tools.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2. Fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
3. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
4. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
5. Work effectively in a team.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following faculty Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) and Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 competencies:

  • Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.2, 2.3, 2.4 (A.1)
  • Establish priorities and goals, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.3, 3.5 (A.2)
  • Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.1)
  • Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.2)
  • Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.1, 3.3 (B.3)
  • Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.2, 2.1 (B.4)
  • Implement and test solutions, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.2, 2.3 (B.5)
  • Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 3.5, 3.6 (D.1)
  • Reflect on personal and professional experience to engage independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 3.3, 3.5 (D.2)
  • Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2 (E.1)
  • Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.4, 3.2, 3.6 (E.2)
  • Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.6, 2.2, 2.4, 3.4 (E.3)

Teaching and learning strategies

This is a studio subject that duplicates commercial software development practices suited to small projects. In small self-managed teams, students are guided through the early stages of team formation and agile project planning before adopting greater autonomy for the remainder of the project. Teams are aided and guided by tutors knowledgeable about and experienced in software development.

To encourage peer learning all teams formally critique the work of another team at significant stages during the project life cycle. To encourage high technical standards, high achievement and peer learning, all teams develop a system from specified requirements but are free to decide how those requirements can be implemented to achieve greater customer satisfaction.

Tutors provide weekly feedback about progress, intended activities and achievements to date. Formal assessment of the project outcomes and deliverables occurs at mid-term and end of term. Early term team formation and skill development activities provide opportunities for feedback about essential team and technical skills. Students are also expected to participate in peer evaluations of teamwork via SparkPLUS.

Content (topics)

During this subject students will cover the following topics:
1. System requirements elicitation and analysis
2. System architecture design
3. User interface design
4. Data management
5. System construction
6. Support documentation
7. Software and system testing
8. Project planning and management
9. Risk management
10. Reviewing the work of another team
11. Working as a team

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Pre-implementation preparation

Intent:

Assess how well the team has identified requirements and selected appropriate tools and resources for a suitable technology stack.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, A.2, B.1, B.2, B.3, E.2 and E.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 20%
Length:

1000-2000 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Identify requirements 40 1 A.1, A.2, E.2, E.3
Analyse the client requirements 30 2, 3 B.1, B.2, B.3
Rationale for solutions 30 4 B.1, B.2, B.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Process reports

Intent:

Assess how well the team member has worked on the project.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, A.2, B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, B.5, D.1, D.2, E.1 and E.2

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

no more than 500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Summarise the progress and work plan clearly 70 2, 3, 4, 5 B.3, B.4, B.5, D.1, D.2
Demonstrate communication and collaboration within the team 20 1, 3 B.1, E.1, E.2
Design and implement the solution 10 1, 4 A.1, A.2, B.2, B.5
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Product Demonstration

Intent:

Evaluate how well the developed software has implemented the required functionality and achieved quality requirements

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, A.2, B.1, B.3, B.5, E.1, E.2 and E.3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 20%
Length:

Approximately 10 to 20 minutes for presentation, critique and discussion.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Product fits requirements 80 1, 3 A.1, B.1, B.3, B.5, E.1, E.2, E.3
Product performs as expected 20 2, 3 A.1, A.2, B.1, B.5, E.1, E.2, E.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 4: User Manual

Intent:

The purpose of this task is for the team to prepare one user manual to the end users.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

3 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, B.1, B.2, E.1, E.2 and E.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

> 1500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Instructions are clear 60 3, 5 A.1, B.1, B.2
Clear solution to the software 20 3, 5 A.1, B.1, B.2
Team work contribution and assessment 20 3, 5 E.1, E.2, E.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Recommended texts

Sommerville, I. (2011), Software Engineering: Ninth Edition, Addison-Wesley
Ambler, S. W. and Lines, M. (2012), Disciplined Agile Delivery, IBM Press
Beck, K. (2003), Test-driven development: By example, Addison-Wesley, Boston