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Software Modelling and Design (SWEN30006)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeSWEN30006
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


To construct a software system, requirements must be analysed and modelled, and designs developed and evaluated; this subject teaches knowledge and skills needed for these tasks. This includes the development of static and dynamic models for aspects of both the problem space and the solution space. The emphasis here is on an Agile approach, and on techniques appropriate for object-oriented development.


Topics covered include:

  • Analysis and modelling requirements
  • Developing, modelling and evaluating designs
  • Modelling using the Unified Modelling Language (UML)
  • Software design processes and principles
  • Common design patterns and software architectures
  • Tools for design and development

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Knowledge for Solving Computing Problems, Design/Development of Solutions

  2. Design/Development of Solutions, Individual and Team Work, Communication

  3. Design/Development of Solutions, Communication, Life-long Learning
  4. Tools, Life-long Learning

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.

Eligibility and requirements


One of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
SWEN20003 Object Oriented Software Development
Semester 1
Semester 2
COMP90041 Programming and Software Development
Semester 1
Semester 2

And one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
COMP20003 Algorithms and Data Structures
Semester 2
COMP90038 Algorithms and Complexity
Semester 1
Semester 2
COMP20007 Design of Algorithms
Semester 1
ENGR30003 Numerical Programming for Engineers
Semester 2

Or entry to MC-IT 100 point and MC-IT 150 point programs



Non-allowed subjects

433-341 Software Engineering Process & Practice

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 covering activities such as the analysis, design and implementation of small to medium-sized applications, comprising: completion of workshop-based exercises related to project; 2 small-team based projects requiring approximately 50-55 hours of work per student.

Workshops exercises ongoing through semester, projects due around weeks 7 and 11. 40% (20/40 hurdle to pass the subject). Addresses Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 - 4.

Hurdle requirement:

One written 2 hour closed-book examination. 60% End-of-semester.

ILOs 1 to 4 are assessed in the examination. The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2 and 3 are addressed in the lectures, workshop exercises, project assignments and the end-of-semester examination. ILO 4 is addressed in the workshop exercises and project assignment

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorPhilip Dart
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 1-hour lecture per week (12 hours total) One 3-hour workshop per week (36 hours total)
    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 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorPhilip Dart
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 1-hour lecture per week (12 hours total) One 3-hour workshop per week (36 hours total)
    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

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


  • Subject notes


    The subject comprises two one lectures and one two hour workshop each week. Weekly readings are assigned from the textbook. The subject also includes a design/implementation project, which involves analysis, design, implementation and delivery.


    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 Christopher Fox: Introduction to Software Engineering Design, Processes, Principles, and Patterns with UML2. 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 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: 22 May 2019