Software Systems Architecture (8745.4)
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|Academic Program Area - Technology||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit will be co-taught with unit 8746 Software Systems Architecture G.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a firm understanding of the principles of software architecture, architectural best-practices, and how architecture is used in modern software engineering;
2. Understand the role of a software architect in software engineering practice;
3. Examine and compare various architecture styles and solutions;
4. Design an architecture that reflects and balances the different needs of its stakeholders; and
5. Communicate the architecture to stakeholders and demonstrate that it has met their requirements.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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
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 - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
The graduate attributes of this unit address communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, working independently and with others, professionalism and social responsibility.
PrerequisitesAt least 24 credit points of the course.
Assumed knowledgeBasic understanding of software systems and their types. Some programming experience in a language such as Java or C#.
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Recommended Text book:
Len Bass, Paul Clements and Rick Kazman. (2013) Software Architecture in Practice, Addison-Wesley, 3rd edition.
Supplementary Text books:
Richard N. Taylor, Nenad Medvidovic and Eric Dashofy. (2009) Software Architecture: Foundations, Theory, and Practice, Wiley.
Roger Pressman and Bruce Maxim. (2014) Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach, McGraw-Hill Education, 8th edition.
John Dooler. (2011) Software Development and Professional Practice. Apress
Please consult the Moodle site for further information on texts/readings recommendations.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances for late submission of assignments will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Unless supported by Inclusion & Welfare, extensions will not be granted for quizzes. A medical certificate will only be considered for quizzes if: a) it covers the entire period the quiz was open; and b) if the extension request happens before the answers to the quizzes have been published. Please consult the unit website to see the dates when the answers will be published.
No other forms of submission other than the indicated in each assessment item will be accepted. Submissions via email will be ignored. If a student chooses to submit his/her assignment via the Internet off the campus, it is the responsibility of the student to guarantee the accessibility of the Internet. Not being able to access to the Internet at a location which is off the campus is not an excuse for extension.
Students will be asked to confirm the following online declaration at the point of submission. I certify that:
1. The attached assignment is my own work and no part of this work has been written for me by any other person except where such collaboration has been authorised by the lecturer/s concerned;
2. Material drawn from other sources has been fully acknowledged as to author/creator, source and other bibliographic details according to unit-specific requirements for referencing; and
3. No part of this work has been submitted for assessment in any other unit in this or another Faculty except where authorised by the lecturer/s concerned.
Special assessment requirements
OVERALL MARK & REQUIREMENTS TO PASS THE UNIT
Each assessment item will be given a grade and an associated percentage mark. The marks will be totalled to produce an overall coursework mark.
The Overall Mark will be calculated as follows:
Overall Mark =
Term Assignment (20%) +
Mid-term Assessment (20%) +
Quizzes (Continuous Assessment) (10%) +
Final Exam (50%)
Conditions to PASS the unit:
1. Students need to obtain at least 50% in the Overall Mark, calculated as described above;
2. Students need to satisfy one of the following conditions:
a. Students need to obtain at least 50% in the Final Exam mark;
b. Students need to obtain at least 40% in the Final Exam AND at least 50% in all the other assessment items (for quizzes, only the combined mark will be considered).
Satisfying only conditions 1 or 2 will not be enough to pass the unit.
Once you have met the conditions for a Pass, higher grades will be awarded on the basis of the highest category shown below, in which your marks fit.
85 <= Final mark <= 100
Final grade = HD
75 <= Final mark < 85
Final grade = DI
65 <= Final mark < 75
Final grade = CR
50 <= Final mark < 65
Final grade = P
0 <= Final mark < 50
Final grade = FAIL (NX, NS, NC or NN)
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
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.
Weekly lectures: 2 hours/week, 12 weeks
Weekly tutorials: 2 hours/week, 11 weeks
Quizzes: 2 hours/week, 12 weeks
Study commitment, in addition to the items above
Your participation in both class and online 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.
Attending the tutorial class on week 6 for the Mid-term Assessment is mandatory, as well as the Exam during the Exam Period.
Required IT skills
IT skills commensurate with advanced study of information technology are assumed.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not applicable to this unit.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the unit website are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit website regularly. Not checking the unit website and the student email regularly will not excuse the student of following the instructions provided via both means of communication, which may include updates to the unit contents, assignments and deadlines, among others.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed within the appropriate timeframe. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).