Unit description

Equips students with the skills necessary to understand and actively manage programming and programmed systems. Explores concepts such as outsourcing, testing, system procurement, system integration and implementation management. In addition, students will be introduced to key techniques for project management of design, implementation and maintenance of such systems.

Unit content

1. Testing techniques: usability, unit, integration and others

2. Version management systems

3. Software procurement, evaluation and acceptance

4. Management of software development projects

5. Maintenance of software systems

6. Impact and management of modern trends in software and technology (Cloud, Mobile, etc.)

7. Other project management techniques applicable to information systems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Ian Somerville, 2016, Software Engineering, 10th edn, Pearson Education Limited, Edinburgh Gate. ISBN: 978-1-292-09613-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book60%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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