Course handbook


The course covers the development of information systems and of their software components. Whilst the course introduces students to the whole systems development process, it focuses on the elicitation and initial modelling of information systems requirements that enable identification of information problems and the subsequent analysis and modelling of an efficient solution to those problems.

The approach follows the object-oriented (OO) methods expressed by the Unified Process software development life-cycle. The course addresses the complete methodology of the Unified Process, including its methodological deliverables and models and tools, with exposure to manual and automated diagramming and modelling techniques. It critically examines the issues and professional responsibilities that need to be considered at different phases in the development of information systems for an organization; including the impact of the systems on intended users and maintenance of quality.

Students gain experience in requirements elicitation and modelling and systems analysis and feasibility estimation within a system development project setting aimed at developing an event-driven information system. They also gain practical experience in the use of a CASE tool to produce object and class definitions and to create models.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 3 - 2017


  • Trimester 3 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A firm basis for understanding the life cycle of a systems development project;

2. An understanding of the analysis and development techniques required as a team member of a medium-scale information systems development project;

3. An understanding of the ways in which an analyst's interaction with system sponsors and users play a part in information systems development;

4. Experience in developing information systems models;

5. Experience in developing systems project documentation;

6. An understanding of the object-oriented methods models as covered by the Unified Modelling Language.


  1. Contemporary systems development methodologies.
  2. Professional responsibilities in terms of quality assurance and reporting and how they need to be considered in all phases of software development.
  3. Requirements elicitation, analysis and development of information systems and associated software using Unified Modelling Language (uml) models.
  4. Information system feasibility evaluation.
  5. Design and development issues.
  6. The interaction between, and the effects of the system with, its users.

Assumed knowledge

Desktop computer competency as prescribed by the International Computer Driving Licence. (See Australian Computer Society at INFO6001 and SENG6110 or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

For the on-line version of the course, 10 hours per week is a minimum recommendation. The workshop equivalent resource for on-line students will be provided and feedback provided via Blackboard discussion groups.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks