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FIT2005, IMS2805


One of FIT1002, CSE1203, IMS1906 or equivalent and one of FIT1004, CSE2132, IMS1907 or equivalent and one of FIT2001, CSE1205, IMS1805 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


David Grant




Jacob Zhivov

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

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

  • the purpose and objectives of the systems design and implementation phases of the systems development lifecycle, and the activities which they involve;
  • the purpose, strengths and weaknesses, and the use of the main techniques which are used in systems design and implementation;
  • the key issues involved in systems design and implementation.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • recognise the value of a team-based approach to the development of information systems;
  • value the importance of the systems design and implementation phases of the systems development lifecycle;
  • appreciate the importance of a systematic approach to the design and implementation phases of systems development.
Developed the skills to:
  • prepare suitable design and implementation approach alternatives to the development of a business system
  • use basic design techniques in the development of elements of an information system;
  • prepare and present a design specification for a business system;
  • prepare and present an implementation plan for a business system;
  • construct and implement a quality business system;
  • develop expertise in IT practitioner tools.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • work effectively as part of a team responsible for carrying out systems design and implementation activities;
  • present oral and written design and implementation deliverables with confidence to the relevant stakeholders.

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
Portfolio 40% Partial submission of portfolio at end of week 7 (a minimum of 10% of the value points is required.) The final submission is due at the end of week 12 (October 23).
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

  • Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    Lectures will be used to introduce and explain the central concepts of the unit. The aim of the lectures is to prepare students for the work they will undertake in each week's studio class.
  • Studio teaching
    Studio teaching is a facilitated active, participatory, peer learning approach. In the studio classes, students will be strongly encouraged to take responsibility for organising and directing their learning with support from their supervisors and peers.


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
  • 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:

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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to the unit; The role of infrastructure  
2 Design and implementation revisited  
3 Design UML I  
4 Design UML II  
5 Application design with UML  
6 The role of walkthroughs  
7 Reporting system development Partial submission of portfolio at end of week 7
8 Advanced topics in UML  
9 Designing and conducting tests  
10 Developing documentation  
11 Change management  
12 Packaged software and enterprise resource planning Portfolio submission at end of week 12
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

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


  • Assessment task 1
    In this unit, the assignment submission will take the form of a portfolio. The portfolio is really a series of assignments that are submitted together as one package at the end of the semester. It is different to a normal assignment in that each student gets to choose what they do from a list of tasks (available on the unit web site). Each week's studio class instructions include links to the assessment tasks; they are based on the work performed in the studio. The full task list is available on the Moodle web site. Note that you can also create your own tasks - provided they are approved by the teaching staff.

    In the week 1 lecture and studio time will be devoted to exampling how the portfolio works and what is expected from students. For full details refer to the unit web site on Moodle. 
    Criteria for assessment:

    Each task will have a description and a deliverable and will also have a series of points associated with it. The points will include       

    • Learning objectives points (design or implementation)
    • Individual points
    • Team points
    • Presentation points &
    • Value points

    You must perform and prepare for submission tasks that ensure you meet the minimum amount of point value for each criteria. This way - while you choose what you do, you will do a minimum amount of group work, individual work, work on each of the relevant learning objectives and practice written and oral presentations. There are no set maximum points (you can do as much as you want). A partial submission of at least 10 value points must be made by the end of week 7 (September 9).

    Each item you choose to do can be submitted for feedback as many times as you want. This feedback will include a grade.

    The final mark given for the portfolio will be sum of all items submitted by their value points by the grade. 

    For each group submission, each member of the group will be asked to also submit a form allowing them to assess the contribution of each group member to the submission. The allocated to a group item might be different for different members of the group depending on their individual contributions.

    For further details refer to the unit web site on Moodle.

    Due date:
    Partial submission of portfolio at end of week 7 (a minimum of 10% of the value points is required.) The final submission is due at the end of week 12 (October 23).


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


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