COMP SCI 1106 - Introduction to Software Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course provides a general introduction to software engineering. It introduces concepts such as software processes and agile methods, and essential software development activities, from initial specification through to system maintenance. Formalisms and tools to assist in software development are also presented, including common design patterns and UML notation. There is a focus on software testing, from unit testing to the testing of software releases. Project management and professional software engineering practice will also be covered. Case studies provide practical examples for many of these concepts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 1106
    Course Introduction to Software Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites COMP SCI 1101, COMP SCI 1102, COMP SCI 1201, ENG 1002, ENG 1003, MECH ENG 1100, MECH ENG 1101, MECH ENG 1102, MECH ENG 1103, MECH ENG 1104 or MECH ENG 1105
    Incompatible COMP SCI 2006
    Course Description This course provides a general introduction to software engineering. It introduces concepts such as software processes and agile methods, and essential software development activities, from initial specification through to system maintenance. Formalisms and tools to assist in software development are also presented, including common design patterns and UML notation. There is a focus on software testing, from unit testing to the testing of software releases. Project management and professional software engineering practice will also be covered. Case studies provide practical examples for many of these concepts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mojtaba Shahin

    Lecturers:

    • Dr Patanamon Thongtanunam
    • Dr Mojtaba Shahin
    • Mr Bernard Evans


    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 Explain the issues of producing quality software
    2 Develop a system design using UML notation
    3 Explain human issues in the software engineering profession: ethics and professional practice
    4 Discuss the different aspects of project management in producing quality software

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3,4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Software Engineering, 9th Edition Ian Sommerville, 2009. ISBN 13: 9780137053469.
    Limited copies also available from the library.
    Online Learning
    All information about this course will be available via canvas at http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au, which include:
    • A discussion forum for asking questions
    • Links to online resources:“ Lecture schedule, notes, recordings
    • Assignment specifications and tutorial questions
    • Other important announcements
    All students are required to subscribe and check the forum on a regular basis for announcements relating to the course and project.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to spend 10-12 hours per three unit course. This includes approximately 2.5 hours of contact time per week.
    Remaining hours should be spent on independent study.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment**
    Tutorials 25 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.3 5.2 5.3
    Workshops 5 Individual Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.3 5.2 5.3
     Written Exam 70 Individual Summative Exam Period Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.3 5.2 5.3
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
     
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
     
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.

    **CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:

    1. Problem Solving
    1.1 Abstraction
    1.2 Design

    2. Professional Knowledge
    2.1 Ethics
    2.2 Professional expectations
    2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues
    2.4 Interpersonal communications
    2.5 Societal issues
    2.6 Understanding of ICT profession

    3. Technology resources
    3.1 Hardware & Software
    3.2 Data & information
    3.3 Networking

    4. Technology Building
    4.1 Programming
    4.2 Human factors
    4.3 Systems development
    4.4 Systems acquisition

    5.  ICT Management
    5.1 IT governance & organisational
    5.2 IT project management
    5.3 Service management 
    5.4 Security management
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must obtain 50% overall, to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Students are expected to submit each tutorial by the deadline (specified in the ISE Moodle page). Each tutorial has a corresponding tutorial activity. These tutorial activities contain questions similar to the tutorial questions.

    Active participation is assessed in each workshop. Active particiaption includes developing solutions prior to or during the workshop, engaging in discussion with peers and the tutor.
    Submission
    All the tutorial submission will be done via the ISE page
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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