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Monash University

FIT2024 Software engineering practice - Semester 1, 2014

This unit develops students understanding of and skills in professional software engineering practices at the personal level. Students experience work in a team environment and extend their programming skills by learning a new object oriented language and maintaining a system that is larger than their experience in prior units. Students develop skills in estimating, monitoring, reviewing and reporting on practical projects.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • One 2-hour lecture
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


CSE2201, GCO3811, FIT3037


FIT1007 or FIT1008 or FIT1015 or CSE1303 or CSE1203 or BUS2011 or FIT2034

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


David Squire



Robyn McNamara

Resmi Hasankolli

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • the Personal Software Process and its benefits, including the need for planning, estimation, recording time, product and defect metrics, reviews, and reflection;
  • the importance of, and the relationship between, a quality process and a quality product;
  • reinforcing and extending their knowledge of OO programming concepts by learning how they are implemented in another programming language;
  • the software engineers' role in software development and maintenance and working with large systems;
  • the Team Software Process and how it relates to the Personal Software Process.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • develop a positive professional attitude;
  • recognise the importance of adhering to software engineering principles in designing and implementing systems;
Developed the skills to:
  • make personal estimates and work plans, produce work logs and diaries, produce product and defect metrics, and participate in technical review meetings;
  • monitor, reflect upon, and improve their own productivity and effectiveness;
  • use a new object oriented programming language to construct systems consisting of many interacting classes;
  • analyse, debug and perform maintenance on large existing object-oriented programs.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • be able to produce reports on their plans, progress, and reviews;
  • be able to work effectively in small teams, and cooperatively with other teams.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit Overview; Fundamentals of Object Orientation 1  
2 Fundamentals of Object Orientation 2 Tutorials commence
3 SE Process, PSP; Design By Contract Assessment Task 1 - Exercise 1 due in tutorial
4 Specification; Configuration Management Assessment Task 1 - Exercise 2 due in tutorial
5 Project & Quality Management; Testing; Assessment Task 1 - Exercise 3 due in tutorial; Hand out Assignment
6 Writing Test Plans and Test Reports Assessment Task 1 - Exercise 4 due in tutorial and PIP due
7 Software Metrics Team Project - Stage 1-Planning and development due Friday
8 Software Maintenance; Software Design Team Project - Stage 1-Implementation and Testing due Friday
9 SQA & Reviews (PSP2)  
10 Software Reuse Team Project - Stage 2-Planning and development due Friday
11 Software Performance  
12 SE Tools Team Project - Stage 2 - Implementation and Testing due Monday
  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.

Teaching Approach

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

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Individual Exercises 10% Weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6 during tutorial
Team Project 10 + 10 + 15 + 15 = 50% Stage 1 - P & D - Friday, week 7: Stage 1 - I & T - Friday, week 8: Stage 2 - P & D - Friday, week 10: Stage 2 - I & T - Monday, week 12:
Examination 1 40% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Individual Exercises
    Four (4) programming exercises will be set in weeks 2 through 5. Each of these four exercises is due at the following week's tutorial, where it will be briefly assessed. It will not be possible to obtain marks for work presented after this time. The exercises are cumulative, so it is vital that students keep up with the schedule.

    Students must attend tutorials to submit your work and receive feedback. The exercises are designed to improve object-oriented programming, design, and testing skills prior to the commencement of the major assignment work. The Personal Software Process (PSP) will be introduced as part of these exercises, and a Process Improvement Proposal (PIP) will be due with the final exercise, which is assessed in week 6.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Each program will be assessed for correctness with respect to:

    • its functional specification, as well as
    • for good programming style and
    • object-oriented design.
    Due date:
    Weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6 during tutorial
  • Assessment task 2
    Team Project
    Teams will be provided with a codebase for an existing system. The project has two (2) stages. In the first stage, they will be required to debug the existing code, and extend it to implement some new functionality. In the second stage further requirements will be added, and students will have to design and implement changes to the system to meet these new requirements. All work must be planned, measured and tested according to the Personal Software Process (PSP). Each stage consists of a software engineering planning and design component, and an implementation component. These components are submitted and marked separately. 
    • Stage 1 - Planning and Design (P&D): 10%
    • Stage 1 - Implementation and Testing (I&T): 10%
    • Stage 2 - Planning and Design: 15%
    • Stage 2 - Implementation and Testing: 15%
    10 + 10 + 15 + 15 = 50%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Plans will be assessed for completeness with respect to the requirements and the PSP.

    Designs and code will be assessed for:

    • completeness with respect to the requirements,
    • quality of object-oriented design, and
    • coding style.

    All PSP metrics and test documentation will be assessed for completeness, accuracy and conformance to PSP guidelines.

    The tutor will monitor individual contributions to the group when allocating marks to members of the group

    Due date:
    Stage 1 - P & D - Friday, week 7: Stage 1 - I & T - Friday, week 8: Stage 2 - P & D - Friday, week 10: Stage 2 - I & T - Monday, week 12:


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

Learning resources

Reading list

Other texts you might find useful include:

  • Pfleeger, S. L., Software Engineering Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2001.
  • Sommerville, I., Software Engineering 7th edition, Addison-Wesley, 2004.
  • Humphrey, W.S., Introduction to the Personal Software Process, Addison Wesley 1997.
  • Humphrey, W.S., A Discipline for Software Engineering, Addison Wesley 1995.
  • Humphrey, W.S., Managing the Software Process, Addison Wesley 1990.
  • Humphrey, W.S., Lovelace, M., Hoppes, R., Introduction to the Team Software Process, Addison Wesley, 1998.
  • Peters, J. S., Pedrycz, W., Software Engineering, An Engineering Approach, J Wiley, 2000.

Further Reading:

  • Bennett S, Skelton and Lunn, Schaum's Outlines UML, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
  • Larman C, Applying UML and patterns, Prentice-Hall, 1999.
  • Jacobson I, Booch G and Rumbaug J, The Unified Software Development Process , Addison-Wesley.
  • Covey, S.R., The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Pocket Books, 1999.
  • Brooks, F., The Mythical Man Month, Addison-Wesley, 1995.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Interviews

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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 the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

You will need access to: 

  • A Java IDE, such as Eclipse
  • TortoiseSVN (for MS Windows only) - or any other Subversion client
  • A tool for creating UML diagrams, such as Visual Paradigm

This software is installed in the computing labs; links to sites where these tools can be downloaded for free will be provided on the unit website. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook.

Recommended text(s)

Pressman, Roger S.. (2005). Software Engineering, A Practioner's Approach. (6th Edition) McGraw-Hill.

Meyer, Bertrand. (1997). Object-Oriented Software Construction. () Prentice-Hall.

Other Information


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