SENG301-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Software Engineering II

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


SENG301 builds on the material introduced in SENG201 (Introduction to Software Engineering) and is intended as a companion course to SENG302 (Software Engineering Group Project). The focus is on quality and how to model, measure and maintain it as project size and complexity scale up.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who achieve a good grade in the course should be able to:
  • describe, model, and understand software engineering processes.
  • select and enact appropriate processes for particular software development environments.
  • apply a range of software engineering techniques to develop large software systems.
  • function effectively in a professional software development environment.
  • learn, use and evaluate a range of software development tools.
  • synthesise new software designs.
  • recognise and correct design flaws in software.
  • understand and model the quality of software products and processes.
  • use software metrics to understand and improve large software systems and the processes used to develop them.
  • communicate effectively, in written and oral forms, knowledge and professional opinion.


SENG201. RP: COSC110 OR COSC101, ENCE260.


COSC314, COSC324

Recommended Preparation

COSC110 OR COSC101, ENCE260.

Timetable Note

Tutorials and Labs will be alternated. Students need to enrol in one stream of Labs and will be enrolled in the same tutorial stream when Tutorials will be held in place of labs.

There will be either a computer lab or a tutorial each week, but not both.  Enrolling for a lab will cover both.

Given the nature of the course, and the rapid change in the software industry, there is no single generic text book. Advice will be available from the course coordinator for appropriate textbooks and other resources.

Course Coordinator

Fabian Gilson


Neville Churcher


Patricia Inez and Marina Filipovic


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Internal Assessment Assignments
Final Exam

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

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Fenton, Norman E. , Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence; Software metrics : a rigorous and practical approach; International Thomson Computer Press ;PWS Publishing.

Fowler, Martin; UML distilled : a brief guide to the standard object modeling language; Addison-Wesley.

Gamma, Erich; Design patterns : elements of reusable object-oriented software; Addison-Wesley.

Pressman, Roger S; Software engineering : a practitioner's approach; McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Sommerville, Ian; Software engineering; Pearson.


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

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 $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All SENG301 Occurrences

  • SENG301-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020