The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


SENG6150 and SENG6160 form a two course sequence in which students apply previously developed knowledge and skills to a substantial and practical team project. SENG6150 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 produce a requirements document. They, then, develop a requirements model which is used to produce a detailed design model.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Understand software process and process maturity.

3. Understand the importance of project planning and managing the software process.

4. Validate a design against the system requirements, and related software engineering standards.

5. Demonstrate advanced skills in client liaison, requirements and design modelling, and documentation.

6. Work effectively in a team.

7. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.


Topics for this course are:

  • Software process and the Capability-Maturity Model
  • Project planning and management
  • 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

At least SENG6110 Object Oriented Programming and preferably SENG6120 Data Structures also. Students must complete SENG6150 before enrolling in SENG6160.

Assessment items

Project: Software Project

Report: Problem Based Learning Report

Report: Project Final Report

Report: Project Participation and Management

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