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CSC8710 Software Design and Modelling

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Software Design and Modelling
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020103 - Programming
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Thao Duong


Producing software systems on time and at low cost, that are reliable and error-free, is generally considered a difficult task. The discipline of Software Engineering encompasses the theories, methods and tools that can be applied to the problem to achieve these aims. Software developers must be able to appropriately select from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches and apply modern software engineering techniques effectively to produce quality software solutions.


In this course the student will gain knowledge of the methods, tools and procedures of software engineering. Methods covered include a wide range of activities such as project planning, system and software requirements analysis, design, development, configuration management, testing, documentation and maintenance of software. Industry standard system modelling and specification notations will be used throughout the course.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Analyse requirements and create specifications using graphical system description languages for clients and developers with ethical and cultural awareness;
  2. Evaluate and apply methods for planning and managing large software projects, including design, development, and maintenance methods in line with ICT ethics and ACS professional code of conduct;
  3. Plan, design, manage, execute, and report on testware including test cases and test scripts, using appropriate testing tools and techniques, to measure and improve software quality;
  4. Apply documentation tools to support effective collaboration;
  5. Identify and critically assess emerging trends in software engineering.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Requirement analysis and graphical languages for system specification with ethical and cultural awareness 20.00
2. Predictive and adaptive software engineering methods and techniques 20.00
3. Documentation tools 5.00
4. Architectural design and design patterns 10.00
5. Design and implementation 10.00
6. Testing 20.00
7. Basics of automated deployment and continuous integration 5.00
8. System life cycle and evolution 5.00
9. Emerging trends in Software Engineering, ICT ethics and ACS professional Code of Conduct in Software Engineering context 5.00

Text and Materials

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Sommerville, I., 2021, Engineering Software Products: An Introduction to Modern Software Engineering, Global Edition, Pearson, Australia.
(eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-292-37635-6.)

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 33.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Online Tutorials 26.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Requirement Specification 10 10 06 Aug 2021 1
Design Specification 20 20 03 Sep 2021 2,4
Software Testing 20 20 15 Oct 2021 3,4
Report 100 50 01 Nov 2021 1,2,3,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximize their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must dispatch the assignment to the USQ. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. Electronic submission of assignments is required for this course. All submissions must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ study desk for this course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be dispatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments electronically using the same computer laboratories. Online students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. Online students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, Online students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

  4. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. In accordance with the Electronic Communication with Students Policy and Procedure ( information sent to the student's USQ email account will be regarded as being received.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the 6th or 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Master of Information Technology and is benchmarked against the:
• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review; and
• professional accreditation standards of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Date printed 8 November 2021