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Security & Software Testing (SWEN90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSWEN90006
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Software is present in almost every part of our lives, and continues to change the world. Of importance to users is that software is correct, secure, reliable and efficient. The scale and complexity of most software ensures that achieving these qualities is non-trivial. This subject introduces students to the software engineering principles, processes, tools and techniques for analysing, measuring and developing correct, secure, and reliable software.

The subject is one of the foundation subjects for the MC-ENG Master of Engineering (Software) and (Software with Business).


Topics covered may include: methods for static and dynamic software testing; software security, quality and dependability; reliability measurement and engineering; performance measurement and engineering;software problem analysis and fault isolation; and software engineering tools.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Select appropriate methods to build in quality and dependability into software systems
  • Select and apply effective testing techniques for verifying medium and large scale software systems
  • Select and apply measures and models to evaluate the quality and dependability of a software system
  • Work in a team to evaluate and apply different methods for quality and reliability of a software system.

Generic skills

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

  • An in-depth technical competence in the selection and application of methods to develop, measure and test quality of software systems
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution, both individually and as part of a team.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following:

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

or entry into MC-IT 100 point and 150 point program

or entry to the 200 point program of the Master of Engineering.



Non-allowed subjects


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



  • One individual assignment consisting of approximately 1000 words and requiring approximately 20-25 hours of work (20%). This is due in week 6. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2 and 3 are addressed by this assignment.

  • One small assignment consisting of approximately 250 words and requiring approximately 5 - 7 hours of work (5%). This is due in week 9. ILOs 1 and 3 are addressed by this assignment.

  • One group project executed in teams of 3-4, consisting of a report of no more than 3500 words (25%), requiring approximately 32 - 37 hours per student. The project is due in week 11. ILO 1, 3, and 4 are addressed by this project.

  • One two-hour end-of-semester written examination (50%). ILOs 1, 2, and 3 are addressed in the examination.

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

  • at least 50% (25/50) in project work; and
  • at least 50% (25/50) in the written examination.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorTimothy Miller
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours, comprising of two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour workshop per week
    Total time commitment200 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

    Dr Tim Miller

    email: tmiller@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


  • Subject notes


    The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops. Students will also complete two individual assignments and a group research project, which will reinforce the material covered in lectures.


    A book of notes will be made available at the University of Melbourne bookshop at the start of the semester.


    This knowledge and skills learned in the subject forms a basis of any career related to software engineering, software development, computer programming, or information technology. There will be one or two lectures analysing real-world case studies in which the methods presented in this subject have been employed.

  • 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: 24 August 2019