|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
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.
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
Eligibility and requirements
The following subjects may be taken concurrently:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|SWEN30006||Software Modelling and Design||
|SWEN90016||Software Processes and Management||
Prerequisites do not apply to students in the 200 point program of the Master of Engineering.
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 team−based project (60%) throughout the semester with deliveries at various points between Weeks 4 to 12, each member requiring approximately 85 − 90 hours of work, Intended Learning Outcomes,(ILO’s) 2 − 5 are addressed in the project.
A 3−hour end−of−semester written examination (40%). ILO's 1, 2, and 4 are addressed by the end−of−semester examination.
Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall and
- at least 50% (30/60) in project work; and
- at least 50% (20/40) in the written examination.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 are addressed by the individual assignments. ILOs 3 - 5 are addressed by the team project. ILOs 1, 2, and 4 are addressed by the end-of-semester examination.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Coordinator Eduardo Araujo Oliveira Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours, comprising of two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour workshop per week Total time commitment 200 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Eduardo Araujo Oliveira
Time commitment details
- Subject notes
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The subject comprises a two one-hour lectures and one hour workshop per week. The lectures are used to elaborate and interpret material and the workshops are designed to assist students in applying theory in their project and assignment work. The project forms a major component of the practical application of the subject and is used to focus a significant part of the teaching on a practical problem.
INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES
The subject is administered through the Universities Learning Management System (LMS). Templates for the various artefacts, guidelines on analysis processes and links to requirements analysis tools are available through the LMS. A standard environment is made available that includes modelling and diagramming facilities together with material compiled from a number of popular and current textbooks and available textbooks.
CAREERS / INDUSTRY LINKS
The software industry is expanding and along with it the demand for software engineers that are capable of the analytical and management skills beyond programming. The industry is also changing in the nature of the projects being undertaken with many software engineers now working in multidisciplinary project teams. The skills and experience gained in this subject are valued by employers and are often seen as a necessary grounding for a career in software and technology related industries.
The subject provides students with a realistic environment in which to apply and learn the theory and practice of requirements engineering. Projects are chosen to reflect real-world considerations. Industry guest speakers are invited to provide lectures in relation to specialised project requirements.
- Related Handbook entries
- 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.