Software Engineering Fundamentals

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Software Engineering Fundamentals

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Computer Info Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Sciences, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

    Required Prior Study for UG:

    COSC1073 Programming 1 


    COSC1284 Programming Techniques

    Familiarity with an object-oriented programming language is assumed. Students who have no prior experience with Java should enrol in a Java-based introductory programming course concurrently such as COSC1073 Programming 1 OR COSC1284 Programming Techniques.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course is designed to provide you opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to analyse, design and implement complex software engineering projects. You should learn to analyse and design fairly complex real-life systems, working as teams. The project based approach used requires you to review and refine your design iteratively based on regular feedback from staff. You are also made aware of current software engineering standards and processes. You are also taught to consider qualitative aspects including maintainability, extensibility, reusability and robustness in every stage of the software-engineering life-cycle. At the end of the course you should be able to combine top-down and bottom-up approaches to software design and choose the most appropriate process considering the underlying technology, project duration, the level of risks and the customer expectations.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    Program Learning Outcomes

    This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for

    BP162 Bachelor of Information Technology,

    BP094 Bachelor of Computer Science,

    BP096 and Bachelor of Software Engineering,


    MC208 Master of Information Technology, and

    MC061 Master of Computer Science

    Enabling Knowledge:

    You will gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in diverse contexts.

    Critical Analysis:

    You will learn to accurately and objectively examine and consider computer science and information technology (IT) topics, evidence, or situations, in particular to:

    analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems

    evaluate and compare designs of software artefacts and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements.

    Problem Solving:

    Your capability to analyse problems and synthesise suitable solutions will be extended as you learn to: design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.


    You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to: present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of software applications, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.

    Team Work:

    You will learn to work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to: work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from teams, whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances, and differing levels of technical expertise.


    You will be required to accept responsibility for your own learning and make informed decisions about judging and adopting appropriate behaviour in professional and social situations. This includes accepting the responsibility for independent life-long learning. Specifically, you will learn to: effectively apply relevant standards, ethical considerations, and an understanding of legal and privacy issues to designing software applications and IT systems.


    Course Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

    CLO 1: explain and apply the main aspects of software engineering

    CLO 2: evaluate requirements for a software system

    CLO 3: apply the process of analysis and design using the object-oriented approach

    CLO 4: work effectively in a team to analyse the requirements of a complex software system, and solve problems by creating appropriate designs that satisfies these requirements

    CLO 5: communicate effectively with others, especially regarding the progress of the system development and the content of the design by means of reports and presentations,

    CLO 6: recognise and describe current trends in the area of software engineering. 

    Postgraduate students should also be able to

    CLO 7: implement the design using an appropriate object oriented language


    Overview of Learning Activities

    The learning activities included in this course are:

    • Key concepts will be explained in lectures in which course material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
    • Tutorial sessions focus on analysing, designing and testing software designs taking into account functional and non-functional requirements;
    • Computer laboratory sessions familiarise students with tools and technologies required for software development and provide weekly feedback on student progress in requirements gathering, analysis, design and implementation of software solutions;
    • Weekly quizzes provide regular feedback on theoretical foundations;
    • Peer-assisted and/or mentor-led learning programs may be available.


    A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

    Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Each week there will be 2 hours of lecture and tutorial plus 2 hours of tutorial/laboratory work. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own experiences and by presenting solutions to written exercises. The tutorial / laboratory sessions will introduce you to the tools necessary to undertake the assignment work.

    Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently and working in teams outside the class.


    Overview of Learning Resources

    The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See the RMIT Library Guide at


    Overview of Assessment

    Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.


    Assessment tasks


    Assessment Task 1:  Progress Quizzes


    This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, & 3

    Assessment Task 2:  Team Project

    Weighting: 40%

    This assessment task supports CLOs : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6


    Assessment Task 3: Mid-Semester Test 

    Weighting: 15%

    This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, & 3

    Assessment 4:  Final Test

    Weighting 30% 

    This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, & 6

    Postgraduate students are expected to achieve at a higher level than undergraduate students, demonstrating deeper knowledge and higher level skills.


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