The University of Western Australia
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

CITS4401 Software Requirements and Design

Software Engineering Quotes

"Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to to, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do.", Donald Knuth

"Is software development an art, a craft, science, engineering, or something else entirely? Does it even matter? Yes, it does matter, and it matters to you. Your actions and their results will differ depending on which of those is more correct. The main thinking is this: You want your software out soon and defect free, but more than that, you need a way to examine how your team is doing along the way.", Alistair Cockburn

"That it is people who design software is terribly obvious ... and ignored", Alistair Cockburn

"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.", Tony Hoare

Lecture handouts are available from the links on this page. Workshop questions, assignments and further readings for each topic will also be published on this page during the semester. Please bookmark this schedule which will be updated as the semester progresses. This schedule is under development and likely to change during the semester. Please refer to this web page and not a printed copy.

Week Starting
Lectures CSSE1.24
Tue 10am to 11am and Wed 2pm to 3pm
Workshop CSSE1.24
Wed 3pm to 4pm
Assessments Due
1 24 Feb 1. Introduction to CITS4401
2. Essence and User stories
Requirements workshop 1
2 2 Mar 3. Requirements engineering
4. Requirements elicitation
Requirements workshop 2
3 9 Mar 5. Requirements Analysis
6. Use cases
Specifying Requirements (video)
Industry workshop with Vromo Workshops submission 1 due (marked in class)
4 16 Mar 7. Requirements specification, negotiation
8. and validation

Validation checklist
Industry workshop with Health Engine Workshops submission 2 due (marked in class)
5 23 Mar 9. Identifying objects
10. UML Class diagrams
Requirements workshop
6 30 Mar 11. Object interaction (sequence diagrams)
12. Dynamic requirements (statecharts)
Requirements workshop Group project phase 1 (requirements elicitation)
due (Fri 4pm)
7 6 April 13.System design 1
14.System design 2
Design workshop
8 20 Apr 15. Design documentation 1
16. Design documentation 2
Design workshop Workshops submission 3 due (marked in class)
9 27 Apr 17. Design patterns 1
18. Design patterns 2
10 4 May 19. Architectural design 1
20. Architectural design 2
Industry workshop TBC Workshops submission 4 due (marked in class)
11 11 May   Group project phase 2 (design) due (Fri 4pm)
12 18 May Revision and final exam discussion Design workshop
June Final exam

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