Structured Methods

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Structured Methods

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SWEN 222, 223

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces structured methods, tools and procedures for software engineering. These include the software life-cycle, common software engineering paradigms, and key elements of software engineering such as requirements analysis and specification, design, implementation, testing, maintenance, software quality assurance and software configuration management. Practical work includes the use of an integrated computer aided software engineering (CASE) environment and other development tools.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of the course, students should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main issues involved in the development of medium to large software systems:
    advantages and disadvantages of various methodologies (BE graduate attribute 1(b)),
    techniques for gathering and documenting requirements analysis (BE graduate attribute 2(b)),
    designing software solutions (BE graduate attribute 3(f)) ,
    testing engineered software (BE graduate attribute 3(e)), and
    implementing designed solutions (BE graduate attribute 3(b), 3(f)).
    2. Demonstrate a level of competence in using a Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tool for software equirements analysis and software implementation (BE graduate attribute 3(c) and 3(f)).

    Assignment 1 (Software Lifecycles Essay) 30%
    Project Requirement, Design and Testing 15% (individual)+ 5% (group)
    Group Project Application Presentation 5% (individual) + 10% (group)
    Project Report (Reflectiong of Software Development) 35%

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