Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology

Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI450
Subject Name Software Engineering Requirements and Specifications
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 24cp @ 300 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Assignments 50% Examination 50%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information No tutorials for this subject.
Availability Not Available in 2017

Subject Description
Software development can be viewed as an activity in which useful things are built to serve recognisable purposes. For software developers, these "useful things" are a special kind of machine known as software systems, and the "purpose" of these machines is to help solve problems in some application domain. This subject emphasises the importance of understanding the application domains that software systems interact with and the problems we try to solve in these domains. The subject focuses on writing explicit and precise descriptions known as: 1. Requirements - descriptions of application domains and the problems to be solved there; 2. Specifications - descriptions of the interface between the machine and the application domain. The subject addresses techniques used to record, elicit, and reason about these descriptions. The subject examines the approach to Requirements and Specification techniques taken by a range of systems engineering methodologies. The concepts of method engineering are introduced and the role of software tools to support this activity is discussed.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe state of the art techniques of software requirements capture and analysis.
2. Explain how software system requirements are translated to appropriate software specifications expressed in a range of different formalisms.
3. Demonstrate an ability to interpret a particular set of software requirements and translate into a specification.
4. Apply the knowledge and skills presented in this subject to typical software development scenarios encountered in the software industry.

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