The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


SENG3150 and SENG3160 form a 2 course sequence in which students apply their previously-developed knowledge and skills to a substantial practical team project. SENG3150 concentrates on the requirements engineering and design phases. These phases are placed in context through a general introduction to software project management, ethics and software process maturity. In the project, students firstly produce a requirements document. Then they will develop a requirements model which is used to produce a detailed design model.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Have a detailed understanding of, and practical experience related to, the requirements engineering and design phases in software development.

2. Understand software process, ethics of software and process maturity.

3. Produce valid designs against the system requirements, and related software engineering standards.

4. Develop skills in client liaison, requirements and design modelling, and documentation..

5. Work effectively in a team

6. Develop effective verbal and written communication skills.


Topics for this course are:

  • Software process and the Capability-Maturity Model
  • Project planning and management
  • Ethics
  • Requirements elicitation and analysis
  • Requirements validation and prototyping
  • System design
  • Component design
  • Design Patterns
  • Review of design against requirements
  • Software engineering standards for requirements engineering and system design.

Assumed knowledge

SENG2130. Students are encouraged to study SENG3130 concurrently with SENG3150 or before SENG3150.

Assessment items

Project: Software Project *

Report: Problem Based Learning Report

Project: Project Final Report

Project: Project participation

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Project: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term