SWEN301 (2020) - Structured Methods


This course introduces the processes, practices, and tools required to engineer medium to large software systems. Topics include software craft, architecture, design, implementation, testing, maintenance, quality assurance, configuration management, and open source development. Practical work will use integrated development environments, automation, and domain specific languages.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main issues involved in the engineering of medium to large software systems
  2. Demonstrate competence in software engineering processes, practices, and tools

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Jens Dietrich (Coordinator)

Teaching Format

During the trimester there will be three lectures and one tutorial per week. There are no regular helpdesks for this course. If they are required they will be scheduled as needed.

Student feedback

Student feedback on University courses may be found at:  www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/feedback/feedback_display.php

Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 02 March 2020 - 07 June 2020
  • Break: 13 April 2020 - 27 April 2020
  • Study period: 08 June 2020 - 11 June 2020
  • Exam period: 12 June 2020 - 27 June 2020

Class Times and Room Numbers

02 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

  • Monday 13:10 - 14:00 – LT323, Hunter, Kelburn
  • Tuesday 13:10 - 14:00 – LT122, Cotton, Kelburn
  • Thursday 13:10 - 14:00 – LT002, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
27 April 2020 - 28 June 2020

  • Monday 13:10 - 14:00 – , , Kelburn
  • Tuesday 13:10 - 14:00 – , , Kelburn
  • Thursday 13:10 - 14:00 – , , Kelburn


There is no set text for this course.

Recommended Reading will be available via the Talis Aspire system.

Mandatory Course Requirements

There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course will be assessed via two projects (Assignments 1 and 2) and a final examination:

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
Assignment 19/4/2020CLO: 1,230%
Assignment 25/6/2020CLO: 1,230%
Final Examination (2 hours)TBACLO: 1,240%


Late submissions will incur an automatic penalty of 10% of the final mark per day.


Students have four slip days across the course that will be granted automatically.
Work submitted after slip days without an extension may be marked pass/fail.
Individual personal extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the deadline whenever possible. Documentation (eg, medical certificate) may be required.

Submission & Return

Work will be submitted and returned via ECS's submission and assessment systems.

Marking Criteria

Marking criteria will vary for each assessment component and will form part of the course and project descriptions


In order to maintain satisfactory progress in SWEN 301, you should plan to spend an average of 10 hours per week on this paper, and 150 hours over the entire course. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:

  • Lectures and tutorials: 4 hours,
  • Readings: 2-3 hours, and
  • Assignments and project: 3-4 hours.

Teaching Plan

See: https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/SWEN301_2020T1/LectureSchedule

Communication of Additional Information

The main means of communication outside of lectures will be the SWEN 301 web area at https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/SWEN301_2020T1/. There you will find, among other things, this document, the lecture schedule and assignment handouts, and the SWEN 301 Forum. The forum is a web-based bulletin board system. Questions and comments can be posted to the forum, and staff will read these posts and frequently respond to them.

Offering CRN: 17183

Points: 15
Prerequisites: SWEN 225 (or both 222 and 223)
Duration: 02 March 2020 - 28 June 2020
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn