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Introduction to Software Engineering (5531.8)

Level: Undergraduate First Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Maths & Technology


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  • UC College Trimester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, UCC-BRUCE (174469) - View
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  • UC College Trimester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, UCC-BRUCE (172238) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (170026) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (154316) - View
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This unit introduces students to the discipline and practice of software engineering. It introduces students to software engineering processes, including programming, testing, software quality, and introduces the concepts of the SDLC. Additional topics include data representation in binary, basic logic operations, data structures and recursion. The unit teaches the foundations of programming, testing and software quality control.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand the nature of the discipline of Software engineering;

2. Describe the responsibilities placed upon a software engineer;

3. Construct debug and test small programs;

4. Use fundamental data structures including pointers and arrays;

5. Be able to analyse simple algorithms; and

6. Describe the phases of the software engineering life cycle.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 65 hours per semester.





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