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Object Oriented Software Development (SWEN20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSWEN20003
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Developing medium and large scale software systems requires analysis and design prior to implementation. This subject introduces students to software design, with specific focus on object-oriented design, and the implementation of designs using an object-oriented programming language. The subject aims to lay the foundations to software design, and is the first subject of a sequence of subjects that teaches the students the concepts in software design.


Topics covered include:

  • Object-oriented programming techniques
  • Object-oriented design concepts and modelling
  • Design patterns and their applications
  • Object-oriented frameworks.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Apply software design principles to object-oriented design
  2. Develop object-oriented models for a medium-sized software system
  3. Evaluate design trade-off of different designs
  4. Implement an object-oriented design in a suitable language
  5. Use commonly available object-oriented design frameworks for application development
  6. Apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have the following skills:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • An ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • An expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, and the capacity to do so.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
COMP20005 Engineering Computation
Semester 1
Semester 2
COMP10002 Foundations of Algorithms
Semester 1
Semester 2

VCE Algorithmics units 3/4


Admission to the ME-(Software) OR ME-(Software/business) programs.



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
COMP90041 Programming and Software Development
Semester 1
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Project work during semester requiring approximately 30 - 35 hours of work in total (30%). This consists of two projects. The first one is due around week 7, (10%). The second project is due around week 11, (20%)
  • A mid-semester test (10%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester written examination (60%).

Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject, students must obtain at least:

  • 50% overall
  • 15/30 in project work; and
  • 35/70 in the mid-semester test and end-of-semester written examination combined.

Assessment addresses all Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMatthew De Bono
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019
  • Semester 2
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


  • Subject notes

    This subject is available as breadth in the following Bachelors courses: Arts, Commerce, Environments and Music.

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees).


    The subject comprises two one lectures and one two hour workshop each week. Weekly readings are assigned from the textbook. The subject also includes two individual projects and a mid-semester examination.


    At the beginning of the year, the coordinator will propose a textbook that will be made available through University Book Shop and library. The current suggested textbook is Walter Savitch: Absolute Java. Pearson Education International. 4th Edition (or 5th Edition). Additional learning material will be made available on the learning management system (LMS) site for the subject.


    The software industry is a large and steadily growing industry, and is constantly looking for competent software engineers. This subject teaches the software engineering design principles and lays the foundation for developing core software design skills required by industry practitioners.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019