The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


This course has two major parts: Software Architecture and Quality Management.

The first part of this course introduces the field of Software Architecture and develops skills in designing software architectures. A number of architectural styles, focusing on strengths and weaknesses of each, will be discussed. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the design of software architectures. Software architecture has a significant impact on the system quality.

The second part of this course introduces concepts of software quality. It examines principles and techniques for designing quality into software, and for measuring and monitoring quality in software. It focuses on the use of standards, and on formal and informal methods for software verification and validation.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate and apply the main software architecture styles, the techniques used for architecture design and choose the most appropriate style for a large software system

2. Describe the general strategies used for quality improvement and software metrics

3. Illustrate how component quality impacts the overall quality of a large software system

4. Describe and apply formal and informal methods for software verification and validation

5. Describe how to manage quality throughout a software project.


Topics for this course are:

  • Basic concepts of Software Architecture
  • Architecture Design: global analysis
  • Architecture Design: conceptual view
  • Architecture Design: module view
  • Architectural Styles
  • Architectural Analysis and Evaluation using case studies
  • Formal Methods for Software Verification
  • Informal methods for Software Verification and Validation
  • Software Quality Measurement
  • Software Quality Management


This course replaces SENG4420. If you have successfully completed SENG4420 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Permission of Head of Discipline required before enrolling in this course

Assessment items

Project: Interim Report

Project: Projects

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal *

* 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 assessment 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.