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Software Requirements Analysis (SWEN90009)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSWEN90009
Semester 1
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The aim of this subject is to give students an understanding of the theoretical and technical principles behind systems analysis and software requirements engineering, applying techniques in a real-world project environment to analyse the requirements for systems.

The subject is core in the MC-ENG Master of Engineering (Software) degree.


The first step in the development of any non-trivial software system is an analysis of the problem domain in order to formulate a requirements specification. In this subject students will explore the aims, principles, processes and techniques involved in business and domain analysis and the formulation of requirements. Topics covered will include: an understanding of the domain analysis problem; business and domain analysis; an exploration of methods for eliciting, analysing, specifying and validating requirements; requirements metrics; analysis techniques for ‘special domains’ drawn from a selection of enterprise systems, safety critical systems, usability and security.

Intended learning outcomes


At the completion of this subject the student is expected to:

1) Be able to understand the role of requirements in software engineering projects

2) Be able to understand the different types of requirements, the methods for their specification and the role that they play in system analysis

3) Be able to understand the methods for the elicitation, analysis and specification of system requirements and to be able to apply those methods in practice

4) Be able to select methods appropriate to a particular application or problem

5) Work together in a team that interacts with clients/stakeholders to elicit requirements.

Generic skills

On completion of this subjects the student 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
  • Understanding of the business environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively both with the engineering team, clients and the community at large
  • Ability to manage project-related information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • 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

Last updated: 8 May 2019