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Software Design and Architecture (SWEN90007)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSWEN90007
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


One of the main challenges in developing enterprise-wide distributed systems is in choosing the right software architectures. In this subject students will study software architectures in depth and the principles, techniques and tools for creating, developing and evaluating software architectures


Topics covered in this subject will be drawn from: design styles and architectural patterns; design strategies; domain specific architectures; evaluation of designs; architectural design for non-functional requirements; and modelling architectures.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Analyse large scale and distributed systems and select appropriate architectures for them
  2. Evaluate architectures both qualitatively and quantitatively
  3. Make suitable trade-offs between different architectures

Generic skills

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

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Eligibility and requirements


One of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
SWEN30006 Software Modelling and Design
Semester 1
Semester 2

Admission into the 200 point program of the Master of Engineering (Software)

And one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
SWEN90003 2019
SWEN90008 2019
SWEN90016 Software Processes and Management
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects

Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject and:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
SWEN90002 2019

Recommended background knowledge

SWEN40004 Modelling Complex Software Systems

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



  • A multi-staged, pair-based project in which students propose features of a system with properties commonly found in large-scale distributed enterprise systems, engineer an architectural design for that systems, and implement and evaluate it using industry-standard enterprise tools and frameworks. The project will consist of four reports totalling about 2500 words, requiring approximately 40-45 hours of work (40%). The four stages of the project are due in weeks 3 (nominate features of the system), 7 (architectural design and implementation), 10 (re-factored design and implementation), and 12 (performance evaluation) respectively. ILOs 1, 2, and 3 will be addressed by the pair project.
  • A two-hour end-of-semester written examination during the exam period (60%).

Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject, a student must obtain:

  • At least 50% overall
  • At least 50% (20/40) in project work; and
  • At least 50% (30/60) in the written examination.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1-3 will be addressed by both the pair project and the end-of-semester written exam.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    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 Eduardo Araujo Oliveira


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 the architectural design, implementation, and evaluation of a system with features commonly found in large-scale distributed enterprise systems, 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. The two key additional resources for the subject are:

    1. Fowler, Martin. Patterns of enterprise application architecture. Addison-Wesley Professional, 2003.
    2. Hohpe, Gregor, and Bobby Woolf. Enterprise integration patterns: Designing, building, and deploying messaging solutions. Addison-Wesley Professional, 2004.


    Large-scale enterprise systems are present in almost every modern business. The ability to engineer and integrate such systems is a skill that has ever-increasing demand, and requires different techniques and principles than “programming in the large”.

    There will be two lectures from industry-based lecturers who will describe their approaches to architectural design of large-scale distributed enterprise systems.

  • 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