ITECH3501-6501 – Individual Assignment.
Principles of Software Engineering
School of Science Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT)
The purpose of this assignment is to enable students to demonstrate their ability to interpret a set of laws that are part of the principles of software engineering, to evaluate principles of software engineering aspects within an industry in relation to the various elements covered, to apply them to cases drawn from technical and academic literature and to communicate the key issues through a written academic report.
Weighting and Due Date: Refer to Course Description on Moodle
Description of assignment:
The Laws of Software Engineering.
Consider the following four laws given in the prescribed text:
Requirement deficiencies are the prime source of project failures. (L1)
Only what is hidden can be changed without risk. (L8)
Productivity and reliability depend on the length of a program’s text, independent of language level used. (L12)
A system reflects the organizational structure that built it. (LI6)
1. Describe each law in your own words. Define the terms in each law and explain the law clearly and thoroughly. Illustrate your explanation with practical examples – with at least one example for each law from software engineering.
2. The following diagram is from the text. Clearly and thoroughly explain the relationship between observation, law and theory. Illustrate your answer with examples – with at least one from software engineering.
3. ITECH6501 Additional Item
The following diagram appears in the text.
In your own words clearly and thoroughly explain the relationship between Law, Method and Tool. Illustrate your answer with examples – at least one of which is from software engineering.
Your support material must be compiled from reliable sources such as the academic resources in Federation University library which might include, but not limited to: the main library collection, library databases and the BONUS+ collection as well as any reputable online resources (you should confirm this with your tutor).
It is important to learn from the work of others and you are encouraged to explore the library, World Wide Web resources and have discussions with other students. However, work for the assessment must be entirely your own work.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as though it is one's own without properly acknowledging that person.
You must not allow other students to copy your work and must take care to safeguard against this happening. In cases of copying, normally all students involved will be penalised equally; an exception will be if you can demonstrate the work is your own and you took reasonable care to safeguard against copying.
Plagiarism is a serious offence. As set out in the University Regulation 6.1.1. students who are caught plagiarising will, for a first offence, be given a zero mark for that task. A second offence will result in a failing grade for the course involved and any subsequent offence will be referred to the Student Discipline Committee.
Federation University General Guide to Referencing:
The University has published a style guide to help students correctly reference and cite information they use in assignments. A copy of the University’s citation guides can be found on the university’s web site. It is imperative that students cite all sources of information. The General Guide to Referencing can be purchased from the University bookshop or accessed online at:
You will be required to submit your report via Turnitin prior to submitting a final version on Moodle.
It is important that there are no issues with Turnitin before you submit your final report on Moodle – you must provide evidence of this.
Refer to the preventing plagiarism page with information regarding Turnitin on the University website:
ITECH350-6501 Principles of Software Engineering
Item Essential Points to Cover Mark
1. Cover Page
Course Name & Number, Student Name, Student ID, Tutor’s Name 5
2. Abstract Not more than 250 words. 10
Requirement deficiencies are the prime source of project failures. (L1) What are the two most common requirement deficiencies? How can they be avoided? 10
Only what is hidden can be changed without risk. (L8) What types of things are hidden? How are they hidden? What risks are involved in changing something? 10
Productivity and reliability depend on the length of a program’s text, independent of language level used. (L12) How are productivity and reliability measured? 10
A system reflects the organizational structure that built it. (LI6) In what ways does a system do this? 10
7. Observations, Laws & Theories What is a law? 10
8. References Both inline and full references. (APA) 10
9. Presentation of report Spelling, Grammar and Layout 10
ITECH6501 Additional Item What is a method? How does a method follow from a law? What are some tools in software engineering? /20
FINAL MARK /10