SWEN30006 Software Modelling and Design

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


One subject from Group A and one subject from Group B.

Group A

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


433-254 Software Design

Group B

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


433-253 Algorithms and Data Structures



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

433-341 Software Engineering Process & Practice

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Philip Dart



Subject Overview:


Software Systems must be carefully analysed, designed and modelled before they are constructed. This subject delivers the knowledge and skills needed for the design of medium to large-scale software systems. The subject also teaches students how off-the-shelf development frameworks can be utilized for designing large-scale software systems. The emphasis will be on techniques appropriate for object-oriented design and development.


Topics covered include:

  • Analysis of requirements for design
  • Modelling software systems using the Unified Modelling Language (UML)
  • Software design processes and principles
  • Common design patterns and software architectures
  • Tools for design and development.

Learning Outcomes:


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

  1. Analyse requirements
  2. Carry out an architectural and detailed design for medium-sized software systems
  3. Select appropriate design patterns for a use in a design
  4. Use a given implementation platform and framework to develop a software system.
  • One three stage team-based project (40%) in small teams, comprising of activities such as the analysis, design and implementation of small applications, due in Week 4, 8, and 11, requiring approximately 50-55 hours of work per student. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the project work. The project work is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
  • One written 2 hour closed-book end-of-semester examination (60%). ILOs 1 to 4 are assessed in the examination. The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.

Hurdle requirement:

To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall and obtain a pass in the project work and a pass in the examination.

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

semester test is not a hurdle and students are not required to pass the mid-semester test to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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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.



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.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Informatics
Master of Information Technology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Software Engineering stream
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Master of Engineering (Software)
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