Software Architecture and Quality Management

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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.

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

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for SENG6140
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