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FIT2001 Systems development - Semester 1, 2011

This unit will provide students with an introduction to systems development using an agile development approach. The unit will focus on the application of UML models to the analysis and design of a system. The unit will introduce students to the nature of systems analysis and design as a problem-solving activity, describe the key elements of analysis and design, and explain the place of the analysis and design phases within the an agile development life cycle. The unit will introduce students to the nature of modelling as an analytical and a communicative process.

Major topics include: Agile development and the role of prototyping in systems development, user interface design, domain modelling with UML class diagrams, process modelling with use-case diagrams, use-case driven development and testing, use-case realisation with sequence diagrams, requirements gathering and the implementation and support phases of systems development.

Mode of Delivery

  • Berwick (Day)
  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Clayton (Day)
  • Gippsland (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • Sunway (Day)
  • South Africa (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload

On-campus students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit.

This will include:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial

and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

You will need to allocate around 12 hours per week during the semester for this unit.


Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

BUS2021, CPE2003, CSE1204, CSE1205, GCO1813, GCO2601, GCO2852, GCO2826, IMS1001, IMS1002, IMS1805, IMS2071, IMS9001

Chief Examiner

Peter O'Donnell

Campus Lecturer

Berwick

Cheryl Howard

Caulfield

Peter O'Donnell

Clayton

Yen Cheung

Gippsland

Madhu Chetty

South Africa

Stella Ouma

Sunway

Boon Han Yeap

Tutors

Caulfield

David Grant

Ligia Ionescu

Siavash Alavian

Clayton

Peter Huynh

Saira Zeeshan

Suttisak Jantavongso

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the roles of systems analysts and designers in agile system development;
  • the criteria that can be used to evaluate the quality of a model of a system;
  • the purpose of different types of models in the UML;
  • the role and application of automated tools in systems modelling.

Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate that a range of valid solutions exist for any given problem.

Developed the skills to:
  • interpret and evaluate systems analysis and systems design models created using UML;
  • create analysis and design models using the main elements of UML; namely class, use-case, sequence and robustness diagrams;
  • create system test plans and test cases, and conduct system testing;
  • create and evaluate models and prototypes of a user interface using storyboards and wireframes;
  • apply problem solving techniques at different levels of abstraction and understand the effect this may have on a system specification.

Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • explain the interdependence and relationships between all stake-holders in the systems development process;
  • create and understand RFP documents.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Interface prototype and domain model up to 20% - see remarks 3 April 2011
    Requirements specification with use case models and class diagram up to 20% - see remarks 17 April 2011
    Design specification with sequence diagram and design class diagram up to 20% - see remarks 8 May 2011
    Test plan including test cases up to 20% - see remarks 22 May 2011
    Request for proposals up to 20% - see remarks 29 May 2011
    Reflective blog posts (FIT2001 only) Bonus of 3 marks added to overall assignment mark. Note the assignment mark cannot exceed 40%. Your last blog entry can be made anytime before the exam.
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

    Feedback

    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Quiz results
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
    http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
    http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
    https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

    Required Resources

    Their are two prescribed text books for the unit.

    The first is Use case driven object modeling with UML theory and practice, 2007, Rosenburg and Stephens, Apress. It is available on-line via the Monash library. 

    The second text you need is Systems analysis and design in a changing world 5th edition, Satzinger, Jackson and Burd, Course Technology, 2009, unless you are studying at Berwick, in which case you should get Systems Analysis and Design 8th Edition, Shelly and Rosenblatt, 2009.

    Students will require access to an "industrial strength" CASE (computer aided software engineering) tool. In 2011, the tool choosen is Visual Paradigm for UML. This is available for download from the FIT2001 Moodle-based unit web site.

    Students will also require access to standard personal productivity tools (word processing , graphics and presentation)

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 The development environment  
    2 07/03/11 Domain modelling with UML  
    3 14/03/11 Prototyping in analysis and design  
    4 21/03/11 Interface design principles  
    5 28/03/11 Usability testing Assignment 1 due 3 April, 2011
    6 04/04/11 Process modelling with use case models  
    7 11/04/11 Principles of good design Assignment 2 due 17 April 2011
    8 18/04/11 Use case realisation with sequence diagrams  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 The requirements specification and RFPs Assignment 3 due 8 May 2011
    10 09/05/11 Use case driven testing  
    11 16/05/11 Requirements gathering and stakeholder expectation management Assignment 4 due 22 May 2011
    12 23/05/11 The implementation and support phase Assignment 5 due 29 May 2011
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks

    Participation

    • Assessment task 1
      Title:
      Interface prototype and domain model
      Description:
      This assignment involves creating a working prototype interface design and an associated domain model.

      Full details of the assignment are available on the unit web site.
      Weighting:
      up to 20% - see remarks
      Criteria for assessment:

      The assignment will be assessed using the following main criteria:  the quality and of the interface design, the quality of the storyboard (interface flow diagram), the quality of the menu design and the consistency and completeness of the working prototype. The professionalism of the submission and supporting documentation will also be considered.    For full details see the unit web site.

      Due date:
      3 April 2011
      Remarks:
      This is one of five assignments available for students to submit.

      Students must choose at least 2 assignments to work on and submit by their due dates. Students can submit more than 2 assignments. All assignments submitted will be marked. Each assignment is worth 20% of the value of the unit.

      Overall, assignment work is worth 40% of the unit. If a student submits more than 2 assignments, the marks for the best 2 assignments will be used to obtain the 40% assignment mark.
    • Assessment task 2
      Title:
      Requirements specification with use case models and class diagram
      Description:
      This assignment involves creating system requirements specification that includes a use case model with an associated set of use case narratives, a domain class diagram and a robustness diagram.

      Full details of the assignment are available on the unit web site.
      Weighting:
      up to 20% - see remarks
      Criteria for assessment:

      The assignment will be assessed using the following main criteria:  the clarity and completeness of the use case model and associated narratives,  the clarity and completeness of the domain class diagram, the clarity and completeness of the robustness diagram, the consistency of the models, and the presentation of the report.    For full details see the unit web site.

      Due date:
      17 April 2011
      Remarks:
      This is one of five assignments available for students to submit.

      Students must choose at least 2 assignments to work on and submit by their due dates. Students can submit more than 2 assignments. All assignments submitted will be marked. Each assignment is worth 20% of the value of the unit.

      Overall, assignment work is worth 40% of the unit. If a student submits more than 2 assignments, the marks for the best 2 assignments will be used to obtain the 40% assignment mark.
    • Assessment task 3
      Title:
      Design specification with sequence diagram and design class diagram
      Description:
      This assignment involves creating system design specification that includes a set of first-cut sequence diagrams and a design class diagram.

      Full details of the assignment are available on the unit web site.
      Weighting:
      up to 20% - see remarks
      Criteria for assessment:

      The assignment will be assessed using the following main criteria:  the clarity and completeness of the design class diagram,  the clarity and completeness of the sequence diagrams,  the consistency of the sequence diagrams and design class diagram, and the presentation of the report.    For full details see the unit web site.

      Due date:
      8 May 2011
      Remarks:
      This is one of five assignments available for students to submit.

      Students must choose at least 2 assignments to work on and submit by their due dates. Students can submit more than 2 assignments. All assignments submitted will be marked. Each assignment is worth 20% of the value of the unit.

      Overall, assignment work is worth 40% of the unit. If a student submits more than 2 assignments, the marks for the best 2 assignments will be used to obtain the 40% assignment mark.
    • Assessment task 4
      Title:
      Test plan including test cases
      Description:
      This assignment involves creating system a system test plan including test cases.

      Full details of the assignment are available on the unit web site.
      Weighting:
      up to 20% - see remarks
      Criteria for assessment:
      The assignment will be assessed using the following main criteria: the feasibility of the plan, the quality of the test cases, and the presentation of the report. For full details see the unit web site.
      Due date:
      22 May 2011
      Remarks:
      This is one of five assignments available for students to submit.

      Students must choose at least 2 assignments to work on and submit by their due dates. Students can submit more than 2 assignments. All assignments submitted will be marked. Each assignment is worth 20% of the value of the unit.

      Overall, assignment work is worth 40% of the unit. If a student submits more than 2 assignments, the marks for the best 2 assignments will be used to obtain the 40% assignment mark.
    • Assessment task 5
      Title:
      Request for proposals
      Description:
      This assignment involves creating a system requirements specification in the form of a request for proposals (RFP).

      Full details of the assignment are available on the unit web site.
      Weighting:
      up to 20% - see remarks
      Criteria for assessment:

      The assignment will be assessed using the following main criteria: the clarity and completeness of the functional requirements listed, the clarity and completeness of the non-functional requirements listed, the clarity and completeness of the description of the submission requirements, and the presentation of the report. For full details see the unit web site.

      Due date:
      29 May 2011
      Remarks:
      This is one of five assignments available for students to submit.

      Students must choose at least 2 assignments to work on and submit by their due dates. Students can submit more than 2 assignments. All assignments submitted will be marked. Each assignment is worth 20% of the value of the unit.

      Overall, assignment work is worth 40% of the unit. If a student submits more than 2 assignments, the marks for the best 2 assignments will be used to obtain the 40% assignment mark.
    • Assessment task 6
      Title:
      Reflective blog posts (FIT2001 only)
      Description:
      Each FIT2001 student is invited to keep a reflective journal on the blog site blog.infotech.monash.edu.au (a blog can also be maintained on the Moodle-based unit web site or using a commercial blogging system like www.blogger.com). This will be set up - with the help of teaching staff if required - during the week 1 tutorial. This blog will provide the opportunity to reflect on the learning that takes place throughout the unit. Each week you will be able to make a new posting to your blog. The blog entries should include a reflection on what has happened in terms of your progress on assignment and tutorial work, your management of the assignment project and its tasks, what lessons have been learned to date and what you (and the staff) could do differently. A page listing all the reflective journals of FIT2001 students will be maintained on the Moodle-based unit web site.
      Weighting:
      Bonus of 3 marks added to overall assignment mark. Note the assignment mark cannot exceed 40%.
      Criteria for assessment:
      To obtain the 3% bonus mark for this task students must complete a minimum of 10 weekly blog entries during the semester. Each blog post will be read and assessed by the chief examiner. To get the 3% bonus 6 of these posts should be assessed as "satisfactory". Students can gauge what is required from some example blogs - from students in previous years - and from staff feedback. The task is not difficult. It is fun to do and does help your learning. The 3% bonus will be added to the assignment component of the mark available for the unit. Note that that component cannot exceed 40%. So, for example, a student who obtained 36/40 for their assignment work who earns the bonus will get 39%. While a student who got 39/40 would get 40/40 - the maximum available - if they earned the bonus. For more details, please refer to the Moodle-based unit web site.
      Due date:
      Your last blog entry can be made anytime before the exam.

    Examinations

    • Examination 1
      Weighting:
      60%
      Length:
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
      None

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

    Policies

    Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University's academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash's Education Policies at:
    http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

    The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis

    Reading List

    Booch, G., Rumbaugh, J. and I. Jacobson (1999) The Unified Modeling Language User Guide Addison Wesley Professional. 

    Dennis, A., Wixom, B.H. and D. Tegarden (2008) Systems Analysis and Design with UML Version 2.0: An Object-Oriented Approach, 3rd Edition, Wiley.

    Hoffer, J.A., George, J.F. and J.S. Valacich (2001) Modern Systems Analysis and Design 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall.

    George, J.F., Batra, D., Valacich J.S. and J.A. Hoffer, (2004) Object-Oriented System Analysis and Design Prentice-Hall.

    Lee, R. and W. Tepfenhart (2002) Practical Object-Oriented Development with UML and Java, Prentice Hall.

    Maciaszek, L. (2004) Requirements Analysis and System Design, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley.

    Page-Jones, M. (1988) The Practical Guide to Structured Systems Design 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall.

    Page-Jones, M. (2000) Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Design in UML Addison-Wesley.

    Shelley, G.B. and H.J. Rosenblatt (2010) Systems Analysis and Design, 8th Edition, Thomson Course Technology.