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Monash University

FIT2005 Software analysis, design and architecture - Semester 2, 2013

This unit examines object-oriented systems modelling/design in greater depth than the prerequisite unit. The key disciplines of the Unified Process will be examined to set a context for analysis and design. Students will learn about static and dynamic modelling, and component-based design, using UML. Some common design patterns will be studied. Some topics about software architecture are examined.
The unit prepares students to be able to design large systems such as will be implemented in their final year project unit or after graduation.

Mode of Delivery

  • Gippsland (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • South Africa (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

For on-campus students:
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.

Note: You must have completed all readings set for that week prior to attending the classes.

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 forums each week. Additionally, recordings of on-campus sessions may be available.

Unit Relationships


GCO2813, GCO2816, GCO9806


(One of FIT1040 or FIT1002) and FIT2001

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Shane Moore

South Africa

Tarirai Chani

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • understand object-oriented concepts such as: association, aggregation and composition; polymorphism and generalisation; messaging and object interaction, state and lifespan of objects; encapsulation, connascence, domains, encumbrance, cohesion, coupling;
  • know the finer details of syntax and semantics of the Unified Modelling Language with respect to modelling class diagrams, interaction diagrams, state machine diagrams, package diagrams, activity diagrams, deployment diagrams, timing diagrams, interface and component diagrams;
  • be able to consider advanced topics in relation to use cases and specifications when analysing a system;
  • understand the role of software architecture, and be able to employ several common architectural such as tiered computing, client/server, pipes and filters, P2P, Layered implementation, publisher/subscriber, to design systems;
  • understand the role of patterns and pattern languages in designing systems, and be familiar with a range of structural, creational and behavioral patterns;
  • be able to apply theoretical concepts and techniques for problem solving, to design complete software systems in a range of settings;
  • be able to justify system design decisions with reference to a models quality, limitations, scope for future extension, and to theoretical concepts;
  • utilise IT practitioner tools to support the process and documentation of systems design.
  • be able to communicate the design of a system through electronic documents including UML models, other diagrams, and supporting text.
  • have an awareness of the process by which object-oriented system analysis and design is performed using a framework such as the Unified Process.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Topic 1: Introducing UML and UP  
2 Topic 2: Requirements and Use Case Modelling  
3 Topic 3: Modelling Software Internals: Static-Structure  
4 Topic 4: Modelling Software Internals: Object Interactions  
5 Topic 5: Inheritance and Polymorphism Assignment 1 due Thursday 29 August 2013, 11:59pm
6 Topic 6: State Space, Events and Behaviour  
7 Topic 7: State Machine Diagrams  
8 Topic 8: Class Design and Patterns  
9 Topic 9: Software Architecture & Architectural Styles Assignment 2 due Sunday 29 September 2013, 11:59pm
10 Topic 10: Distributed Systems and Services  
11 Topic 11: Archetypes and Archetype Patterns  
12 TBA Assignment 3 due Sunday 27 October 2013, 11:59pm
  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 learning system.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Use Cases and Class Models 14% Thursday 29 August 2013, 11:59pm
Assignment 2 - Object-Interaction and Life-Cycle Design Tasks 13% Sunday 29 September 2013, 11:59pm
Assignment 3 - Software Architecture and Distributed Systems Tasks 13% Sunday 27 October 2013, 11:59pm
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

    On-campus classes involve weekly lecture and tutorial classes. The purpose of lectures is to discuss and demonstrate concepts, through giving some examples and discussing how the concepts relate to the examples. The purpose of tutorials is for you to gain practice and experience in applying the new concepts to different cases than were used in the lectures, and this should prepare you to be able to achieve the assignment work.
  • Problem-based learning
    Aspects of assignments, and some of the tutorial tasks, are based on case studies/problems so as to situate the learning in a mock-up of real-world analysis and design situations, in a more controlled environment.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Use Cases and Class Models
    The assignment is aimed at letting you demonstrate your learning for objectives arising primarily from modules 2 and 3. You will be required to specify several detailed use cases, and identify appropriate classes, for a given situation.

    This assignment is to be done individually (not in a group).
    Criteria for assessment:

    A detailed set of marking criteria including explanation of its meaning, will be provided with the assignment specification. As a guide, these are a broad description of the criteria:

    1. Ability to identify appropriate content for specifying the detail of a set of use cases.
    2. Ability to identify appropriate classes to meet the information recording needs of the system.
    3. Ability to correctly use a range of notations and document templates to express the system specification.
    Due date:
    Thursday 29 August 2013, 11:59pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Object-Interaction and Life-Cycle Design Tasks
    This assignment asks you to complete tasks which will allow you to demonstrate your abilities with regards to the skills and understanding presented primarily in modules 4 through 7, in particular: design of object interaction sequences; and development of state machines of object classes.

    This assignment is to be done individually (not in a group).
    Criteria for assessment:

    A detailed set of marking criteria including explanation of its meaning, will be provided with the assignment specification. As a guide, these are a broad description of the criteria:

    1. Ability to perform the required activities involved in developing object interaction models and object lifecycle models.
    2. The degree to which the needs of the problem are met by the final work.
    3. Ability to correctly use the range of notations taught, to express the final work.
    4. Ability to ensure consistency between different models of parts of a system.
    5. Ability to apply problem solving techniques to develop a system's design.
    Due date:
    Sunday 29 September 2013, 11:59pm
  • Assessment task 3
    Assignment 3 - Software Architecture and Distributed Systems Tasks
    This assignment asks you to complete tasks which will allow you to demonstrate your abilities with regards to the skills and understanding presented primarily in modules 8 through 11, in particular: consideration of the architecture of software systems; issues around distributed and component-based systems; and applicability of cloud computing techniques to developing computer systems.

    This assignment is to be done individually (not in a group).
    Criteria for assessment:

    A detailed set of marking criteria including explanation of its meaning, will be provided with the assignment specification. As a guide, these are a broad description of the possible criteria:

    1. Ability to appropriately consider architectural issues for a system from a range of different viewpoints and perspectives in proposing possible issues to be addressed by the system’s architecture.
    2. Ability to express a software architecture using graphical notations and supporting textual documentation.
    3. Ability to research current trends in systems development, particularly in relation to cloud based architectures.
    4. Ability to argue a point convincingly with supporting evidence/reasons.
    Due date:
    Sunday 27 October 2013, 11:59pm


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Hurdle requirements:
    In accordance with faculty policy, you must achieve at least 40% of the available exam marks to be eligible to pass the unit.
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

A range of extracts from books that are required to be read during the semester have been scanned by the Library and are accessible from the following web page:


Note: These readings will not be available once the official exam period has concluded.

Monash Library Unit Reading List

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
  • Other: Responses to postings made in the discussion forums

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Assignments may only be submitted once for assessment purposes.

Referencing requirements

If citing from a book, you should put the name of the book in quotes, followed by the name of the Primary Author, followed by the year of publication, and the name of the publisher, and state the page number(s) which contained the information being referenced, for example:

"UML 2 And the Unified Process", J. Arlow, 2005, Addison-Wesley, p. 305

For a web-based resource, instead of the publisher you should put the URL of the web page; and instead of the year you should put the "date accessed", for example:

"Council Plan 2012-2016", Latrobe City Council, accessed 1 July 2012, http://www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/WebFiles/Council%20Documents/Council%20Plan/Council%20Plan%202012-2016.pdf

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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via Moodle.

Recommended Resources

This unit is using Moodle, which is accessible at moodle.vle.monash.edu

The textbook "UML 2 and the Unified Process" (2nd Edition) by Jim Arlow and Ila Neustadt (ISBN: 0-321-32127-8, published by Addison-Wesley) is the only textbook that we strongly hope that you will purchase, as much of the course has been designed around this book - we expect you to read it to pass the unit.

Software to generate UML diagrams such as Visual Paradigm for UML Standard Edition - available from http://www.visual-paradigm.com/download/vpuml.jsp  - Monash will be able to supply you with the licence key for version 10.1 (but not newer versions).

Recommended text(s)

Jim Arlow and Ila Neustadt. (2005). UML 2 and the Unified Process. (2nd Edition) Addison Wesley / Pearson Education (ISBN: 0-321-32127-8).

Examination material or equipment

Pens, or pencils and erasers.

Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

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.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

In response to past feedback, changes that were made in past semesters that are being retained for the current semester include: making available recordings of the on-campus lectures from Gippsland, and reconception of the requirements of assessments.

A particular change that has been made for this semester is the integration of a further worked example into the study materials. In the Study Guides in particular there will be examples which will directly illustrate the expectations of the assignment criteria.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to


Study Resources

Resources we will provide for your study are:

  • This Unit Information Guide outlining the administrative information for the unit
  • Weekly Study Guide modules, which include detailed objectives for each week's learning
  • Weekly lecture slides used during lectures
  • Weekly tutorial tasks and solutions
  • Assignment specifications
  • Links to additional electronic resources (such as scanned readings)
  • Discussion forums
  • The FIT2005 web site on Moodle, where most of the above resources can be located
  • Lectures from some campuses are recorded and available for access at http://mulo.monash.edu
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