Introduction to Software Engineering (5531.9)
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|Academic Program Area - Technology||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
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There is no mandatory texbook.
Enough information will be provided on or linked from the web sites to complete the course to a satisfactory standard.
The unit convenor recomends that students weak or needing additional support in learning programming obtain and read the following book/e-book:
C Programming in One Hour a Day, Sams Teach Yourself, Seventh Edition
by Dean Miller, Peter Aitken, Bradley L. Jones
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Marked Tutorial 1 is by demonstartion in your tutorial
Marked Tutorial 2 is by demonstartion in your tutorial
Main Assignment - to be submitted on moodle
The late penalties for MT1 and MT2 assignments vary from those normally applied by the university - specifically some late re-submissions are permitted, see the relevent assignment documentation and moodle page for details.
Special assessment requirements
NOTE1: The final exam is marked out of 100 (it will later be scaled to be out of 60 for accumulation in the aggregate mark), in order to pass the unit the student must get a grade of 50% or more in the final exam and get a grade of 50% or more for the unit in total. If the student fails the exam (i.e. gets less than 50%) then the exam mark will be the students mark for the entire unit.
NOTE2: If the student passes the final exam their mark for the unit will be the sum of the four assesment items MT1, MT2, Assignment and Exam.
NOTE3: The lecturer/moderator reserves the right to increase a student's mark for academic merit. This is done rarely but can be done for: consistency, elegance, forum participation or creativity.
NOTE4: If a students behaviour could possibly be interpreted as plagiarism, but there is some doubt they will be advised by the unit convener to modify their behaviour.
NOTE5: If the lecturer feels a student is guilty of deliberate unambigous plagarism, the students details and the palgarism details will be passed to the ADE (Assistant Dean Academic) for assesment. Students are refered the the university policy on plagarism in this case.
Supplementary assessment is not offered in this unit unless required by the relevant university policy.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In order to pass the unit the student must get a grade of 50% or more in the exam. If the student fails the final exam (i.e. gets less than 50%) then the exam mark will be the students mark for the entire unit.
Expected Average Student Workload:
a) Lectures (on campus or online): = 24h
b) Tutorials / Computer labs: 12 x 1h = 12h
c) Accessing on line content and web: = 15h
d) Preparation (lectures, tutorials, computer labs) 12 x 2h = 24h
e) Marked Tutorial 1 = 10h
f) Marked Tutorial 2 = 10h
g) Main Assignment = 25h
h) Final Exam (incl. preparation) = 30h
Total 150 hours
Your participation in lectures and tutorial activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items. Experience has shown that students who do not attend classes, have difficulty passing the unit.
Students should also be aware that the subject will be examined on material covered in all classes, including lectures and tutorials.. It is the individual student's responsibility to ensure that they are sufficiently familiar with this material. Attendance at classes is one of the best ways of ensuring this familiarity. While some of the lecture notes and course materials are available online, these are intended to be broad outlines of the lectures. Do not make the mistake of assuming that the materials perfectly substitute for class attendance and participation.
Required IT skills
Ability to operate a computer (i.e., log in, find and run programs).
There are no specific additional costs, however students are expected to provide 2 USB solid state storage devices to back up their assignment and tutorial work. The space requirement is less than 1 GB
Work placement, internships or practicums
Students are responsible for ensuring they have a suitable number of USB flash drives to ensure the safe backup of their assignment and tutorial material. I recommend two flash drives each with 500MB allocated to this subject.