CSE2200 Systems Design and Implementation , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Adnan Bader
Caulfield : Adnan Bader
South Africa : Komla Pillay
Outline This unit continues the introduction to software development and software engineering with more advanced techniques and concepts. Programming language constructs such as inheritance, polymorphism and recursion are covered. Program design and class structure are revisited with more advanced problems and solutions. More experience is gained with testing object-oriented programs. Students gain familiarity with some important standard libraries and their usage, including collection classes.

At the completion of this unit, students will have:


  • the strengths and limitations of the object-oriented paradigm, and the differences between the structured and object-oriented design approaches to developing systems;
  • Understandingof:

  • how to apply object-oriented design principles to commercial projects
  • the object-oriented design process, modelling concepts, methods and design notation
  • Skillsin:

  • being able to design and implement a system using an appropriate design notation and programming language
  • using the appropriate tools for expressing an understanding of a system and for documentation purposes;
  • applying an incremental scenario-based approach in developing quality object-oriented systems;
  • using the various software architecture styles and frameworks reusing the appropriate ones, and familarity with the notion of software specification and design-by-contract.
  • Attitudesof:

  • an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of the object-oriented paradigm, and the differences between the structured and object-oriented design approaches to developing systems
Prerequisites Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed [ CSE1203 and CSE1205 ] , or equivalent. You should have knowledge of [ Basic understanding of object-oriented design and programming. Basic understanding of systems analysis.Basic understanding of object-oriented design and programming. Basic understanding of systems analysis. ]

Unit relationships CSE2200 is a core unit in the 2nd year of the BComp/BITS degrees at Caulfield School of IT. It is a prerequisite for CSE2203 and CSE3200. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed CSE1203 and CSE1205, or equivalent. You should have knowledge of [ Basic understanding of object-oriented design and programming. Basic understanding of systems analysis.Basic understanding of object-oriented design and programming. Basic understanding of systems analysis. ].
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Fowler, M., UML Distilled, Addison-Wesley, 1997

Norman, D., The Design of Everyday Things, MIT Press, 1988 

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Hardware requirements:

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Meyer,B., Object-Oriented Software Construction, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1997

Rumbaugh, J., and others, Object-Oriented Modelling and Design, Prentice-Hall, 1991

Waldon, K., and Nerson, J., Seamless Object-Oriented Software Architecture, Prentice Hall, 1995

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for CSE2200 are:

Structure and organisation



Study Guide


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Read this section VERY carefully. Assessment for the unit consists of a 2-staged assignment with an overall weighting of 60% and an examination with a weighting of 40%.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

Score at least 40% in the assignment component AND at least 40% in the exam component AND at least 50% overall.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment specifications will be made available . Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

Assignments will be submitted hard-copy spiral bound submissions to the lecturer in the first 10 minutes of the lecture for the week of due date. All Students Submit the assignment by the submission date, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty as described in the subject handbook.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by filling out the FIT assignment extension form along with all relevant documentation (e.g. medical certificates etc.) at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within three weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.



Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices on the website is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

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Last updated: Feb 27, 2006