SENG201-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Software Engineering I

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course provides an introduction to the principles, processes, practices, techniques and tools of software engineering. The underlying theory and practical applications of a variety of topics in software engineering are covered with particular reference to object-oriented software development.

SENG201 builds on the material introduced in COSC121 and COSC122 and prepares students for 300-level software engineering courses (SENG301, SENG302 and SENG365). This course provides an introduction to the principles, processes, practices, techniques and tools of software engineering. The underlying theory and practical applications of a variety of topics in software engineering are covered with particular reference to object-oriented software development in Java.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Design and develop object-oriented software in Java
  • Use UML to design and document software
  • Use Java language features, such as collections, appropriately
  • Demonstrate software development practices
  • Learn, use and evaluate a range of software development tools
  • Function effectively in a professional software development environment
  • Communicate effectively, in written and oral forms, knowledge and professional opinion


(1) COSC121 or COSC131; (2) COSC122; (3) 15 points from MATH, STAT or EMTH. MATH120/STAT101 are strongly recommended.

Timetable Note

In addition to attending lectures (3 hours per week) and laboratory classes (2 hours per week), students are expected to devote some time each week to preparing for lectures through  background reading, contributing to Learn forum discussions, attempting previous years’ examination questions and consulting the course tutor or lecturer as appropriate to ensure they fully understand current lecture material.

Depending on final student numbers, some of the advertised lab/tutorial streams may not run. Final lab/tutorial options will be available for self-allocation closer to the start of the semester through My Timetable.

Course Coordinator

Miguel Morales


Matthias Galster


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Lab Test 25%
Assignment 25%
Exam 50%

Students are advised to consult the course materials for details on the policy for drop dead dates and the associated penalties (the department's standard policy for drop dead dates may not apply)

Updated Semester One 2020 assessment deadlines and details will be available once finalised.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Horstmann, Cay S.,1959-; Big Java : early objects ; Fifth edition;

McLaughlin, Brett. , Pollice, Gary., West, David; Head first object-oriented analysis and design ; 1st ed; O'Reilly, 2006.

Recommended Reading

R.S. Pressman & B Maxim; Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach ; 8th; McGraw-Hill, 2015.

Sommerville, Ian,1951-; Software engineering ; Tenth edition; Pearson, 2016.

Copies of the course texts will be placed on reserve in the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Library. You are strongly advised to purchase both.

Additional resource material will be made available as required via Learn.


There are several important documents available online about departmental regulations, policies and guidelines at the following site. We expect all students to be familiar with these.

Notices about this class will be posted to the class forum in the Learn system.

COSC students will also be made members of a class called “CSSE Notices”, where general notices will be posted that apply to all classes (such as information about building access or job opportunities).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Every year several students fail the course because of dishonest practice. Please do not be among them. You are encouraged to discuss the general aspects of a problem with others. However, anything you submit for credit must be entirely your own work and not copied, with or without modification, from any other person.

If you share details of your work with anybody else then you are likely to be in breach of the University's General Course and Examination Regulations and/or Computer Regulations (both of which are set out in the University Calendar) and/or the Computer Science Department's policy. The Department treats cases of dishonesty very seriously and, where appropriate, will not hesitate to notify the University Proctor.

If you need help with specific details relating to your work, or are not sure what you are allowed to do, then contact your tutors or lecturer for advice.

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.
If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University- wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a B- grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All SENG201 Occurrences

  • SENG201-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021