COMP SCI 1106 - Introduction to Software Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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 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 or COMP SCI 1201 should be completed prior to or concurrently with COMP SCI 1106
    Assessment written exam (70%), assignments (30%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Asangi Jayatilaka

    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 Understand the issues of producing quality software
    2 Produce a system design using UML notation
    3 Be aware of human issues in the software engineering profession: ethics and professional practice
    4 Understand 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Text

    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 the ISE Moodle page.
    It is accessible from:

    The Moodle page will include:
    A discussion forum for asking questions
    Links to online resources:“ Lecture schedule, notes, recordings
    Assignment specifications and tutorial questions
    Other important announcements

    * It is important that you check these forums regularly.
    * All students participating in the course MUST join this forum.

    It is your responsibility to regularly check this forum for notices, and to participate in online activities.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    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
    This course has THREE components:

    1. Tutorial Submissions: 25%  (5% for each tutorial submission)
    2. Active participation during workshops : 5% (1% for each workshop. The best 5 marks will be considered)
    3. Final written exam: 70%

    Component Weighting Type Learning Outcomes CBOK Areas
    Tutorials 25% Formative 1,2,3,4 1,2,4,5,8,10
    Workshops 5% Formative 1,2,3,4 1,2,4,5,8,10
    Final Written Exam 70% Summative 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,5,8,10

    CBOK Legend
    2. Design
    3. Ethics
    4. Interpersonal Communication
    5. Societal Issues
    6. History & Status of the Discipline
    7. Hardware & Software
    8. Data & Information
    9. Programming
    10. Human Computer Interfaces
    11. Systems Developmet

    Details of the Australian Computer Society's Core Bode of Knowledge (CBOK) can be found in this document.
    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.
    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.

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