Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course examines principles and techniques for designing quality into software, and for measuring and monitoring quality in software. Students will also obtain practical experience with software quality management and use of quality management tools.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SENG3130. Students who have successfully completed SENG3130 are not eligible to enrol in SENG4430.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain general strategies used for software quality improvement

2. Evaluate software engineering factors that impact the overall quality of software system

3. Have experience of managing quality throughout a software project


  1. Software Quality Fundamentals  
    •     Software Engineering Culture and Ethics 
    •     Value and Costs of Quality  
    •     Models and Quality Characteristics 
    •     Software Quality Improvement 
    •     Software Safety
  2. Software Quality Management Processes 
    •     Software Quality Assurance
    •     Verification and Validation 
    •     Reviews and Audits
  3. Practical Considerations 
    •     Software Quality Requirements 
    •     Defect Characterization 
    •     Software Quality Management Techniques 
    •     Software Quality Measurement
  4. Software Quality Tools


This course has similarities to SENG3130. If you have successfully completed SENG3130 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

SENG2130 Systems Analysis and Design

Assessment items

Report: Group Report

Presentation: Group Presentation

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

* 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:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours



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

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