Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology


Not offered in 2016


This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of a range of tools and techniques for systems development and knowledge of a number of specific systems development methodologies. The main topics include the tools and techniques for systems development, the evaluation of the tools and techniques, evolution of development methodologies, the organisational context in which systems development takes place and a number of systems development approaches. These include participative development, soft systems approaches, object-oriented development, structured systems development approaches, data and information-oriented approaches and rapid application development.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the evolution of systems development methodologies;
  2. analyse the organisational context within which systems development takes place;
  3. assess the tools and techniques that are used in the development of information systems;
  4. select appropriate tools and/or techniques for the development of information systems;
  5. evaluate a real world project using systems development methodologies;
  6. critique and evaluate different system development methodologies.


Examination (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


FIT9130 or FIT5130 or FIT9003 or equivalent

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