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FIT1056: Introduction to software engineering

Faculty of Information Technology

Introduction to software engineering

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Embark on an exciting journey into software engineering with this unit, tailored explicitly for first-year undergraduate students from diverse engineering backgrounds. We aim to provide you with a solid understanding of essential software engineering concepts, methodologies, and practices while introducing you to programming. Throughout this unit, you will explore the crucial role that software engineering plays in solving real-world problems and delve into the ethical considerations involved in the development process. You will be introduced to various software development methodologies such as Waterfall, Agile, and Scrum and examine the intricacies of the software development life cycle (SDLC). You will learn an industry-standard software programming language and how to work effectively in a diverse software development team. You'll learn how to apply human-centric software engineering best practices to develop systems that work for humans. No prior programming or software engineering experience is required for this course. It is designed to serve as an ideal starting point for students interested in exploring the field of software engineering and considering a future in software engineering or related disciplines.


1 - Requirements phase - Teams + Ind - 20% 2 - Architecture and Design phase - Teams + Ind- 20% 3 - Testing and QA phase - Teams + Ind - 20% 4 - Final Project and Presentation phase - Teams + Ind - 20% 5 - Programming concepts weekly tasks - 20%


This unit uses a blended active learning approach that introduces you to topics via online written and video material. You are expected to prepare for the week by studying this content, then attending an expert-led workshop where the concepts are reviewed and where activities are provided to apply your knowledge on the activity within the class. You will gain further practical experience via hands-on practical classes.