FIT1010 Introduction to software engineering - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Linda McIver


Clayton : Linda McIver


ASCED Discipline Group classification: 020103 Programming

The subject provides an introduction to the discipline of Software Engineering. The emphasis is upon a broad coverage of the areas, since students will at this early stage not have adequate programming skills to tackle many of the topics in greater depth. The notion of a software system as a model or approximation of a desired system is introduced, and used as a way of describing such things as the software life cycle and its various models, programming by contract, design and testing issues, maintenance, reuse, complexity, divide and conquer strategies, metrics and measurement, project management and software legacy.


Knowledge and Understanding

By the completion of the unit students will

1. understand the breadth and nature of the discipline of Software Engineering;

2. understand the effect and implications of complexity in large software systems;

3. understand the issues in constructing large software systems from its components, and the nature and design of those components.

Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

4. be aware of the responsibilities placed upon a software engineer;

Practical Skills

5. be able to use basic modelling techniques to define and describe the behaviour of software systems;

6. be able to apply some basic measurement techniques to software systems;

Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

7. have an understanding of common software team structures and have developed practical skills in solving small problems in teams.


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

FIT1002 or equivalent introductory programming unit in Java, C or an equivalent programming language (including CSE1301 and ENG1060).

, or equivalent.

Unit relationships

FIT1010 is a core unit in the Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE) and an elective in the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS).

Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

FIT1002 or equivalent introductory programming unit in Java, C or an equivalent programming language (including CSE1301 and ENG1060).

, or equivalent..



Texts and software

Required text(s)

Stephen R. Schach: Object-Oriented and Classical Software Engineering, McGraw-Hill (Required Textbook).

Textbook availability

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements

There is no software requirement.

Hardware requirements

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 6 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading


Pressman: Software Engineering - A practitioner's approach, McGraw-Hill.

Sommerville, Software Engineering, Addison-Wesley.

Langford: Practical Computer Ethics, McGraw-Hill.

Library access

You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Study resources

Study resources for FIT1010 are:

The FIT1010 web site on MUSO, where lecture slides, weekly tutorial requirements, assignment specifications, sample solutions and supplementary material will be posted.

Unit website

Structure and organisation

Week Topics Key Dates
1 Overview & Background
2 Software Process & Lifecycles
3 Analysis
4 Design
5 More Design assignment due 18/8
6 Petri Nets
7 Object Orientation
8 Modules
9 Testing
10 More Testing Unit test in practicals this week
Non teaching week
11 Tools
12 Industry Speakers
13 Revision


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of an assignment worth 10%, a test worth 10%, tutorials worth 10%, practicals worth 10%, and an examination worth 60 %.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

There are also hurdle requirements. For a pass you need to get as a minimum:

1. 9/20 of the total of tutorials and practicals.

2. 9/20 of the total of the assignment and the test

3. 29/60 of the exam, and,

4. 50/100 of the total marks for FIT1010.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:


Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment 18/08/06 10%
Test (in practical classes) week beg. 18/9/06 10 %
The exam is 2 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 60 %

Assignment specifications will be made available in MUSO.

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to the FIT1010 MUSO site.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 1 mark per day. Assignments received more than a week late will not be accepted without prior consent from the Lecturer.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

Grade Percentage/description
HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

Assignment return

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.


Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


Communication methods

Discussion topics can be found on the FIT1010 MUSO site. Email to the lecturer, questions during consultation time and discussion during or at the end of lectures are all welcome.


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed in the Notices section of the FIT1010 MUSO site. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices section is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

The lecturer will be available for consultation on Friday afternoons from 3-4 in room 152 building 75.

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Dr Linda McIver
Phone +61 3 990 59013
Fax +61 3 990 55157

Mr Mostyn Bramley-Moore

Mrs Kumari Wickramasinghe
Postgraduate Student, and PhD Student
Phone +61 3 990 20186

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All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Jul 28, 2006