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SOFT3202: Software Construction and Design 2

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit is a sequel of Software Construction and Design I (SOFT2201). It introduces advanced concepts which build on the topics of SOFT2201. SOFT3202 covers topics including software validation and verification, the theory of testing, and advanced design patterns. The unit has a strong focus on the theoretical underpinning of software design. In the labs the theory is applied with contemporary tools with concrete examples.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SOFT3202
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Rahul Gopinath,
Lecturer(s) Rahul Gopinath,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
hurdle task
Final exam
Supervised exam that tests all concepts
60% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Task 1: Testing
Small software testing task.
2.5% Week 04
Due date: 17 Mar 2023 at 23:59
Variable - code
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO1
Assignment A1: Testing assignment
Code assignment testing unknown software
10% Week 05
Due date: 24 Mar 2023 at 23:59
Variable - code
Outcomes assessed: LO4
Assignment Task 2: GUI
Small GUI implementation task
2.5% Week 07
Due date: 08 Apr 2023 at 23:59
Variable - code
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Assignment Task 3: Caching
Small database caching task
2.5% Week 09
Due date: 28 Apr 2023 at 23:59
Variable - code
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Assignment A2: Advanced Design Patterns
Advanced design patterns project
20% Week 13
Due date: 28 May 2023 at 23:59
Variable - code
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Task 4: Analysis
Short code and design analysis task
2.5% Week 13
Due date: 28 May 2023 at 23:59
Approx 2 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Tasks 1-4: Short software implementation or analysis tasks to give feedback on mastery of successive unit topics.
  • A1:Testing Assignment: Software testing task to assess the ability to write test cases.
  • A2: Design patterns Assignment: Design patterns project to assess the ability for software design.
  • Final Examination: The final supervised examination that tests all aspects of learning.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late Policy: The university has a default late policy, and everything that is not auto-graded or otherwise specified follows this: 5% of the available marks per calendar day late, nothing accepted after more than 10 calendar days late. In particular, Tasks do not allow late submissions to avoid delay in feedback.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Administrivia, Unit-in-brief Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Java & Library environment overview. Review of unit testing. Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Theory of unit testing: when, what, how, why. Mocking. Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 03 Unit test independence using the Mockito mocking library. Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Beyond unit testing: integration testing, performance testing. Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 04 More sophisticated testing combining JUnit, Mockito, & Hamcrest. Performance testing. Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Review of Software Design Principles Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Beginning again: reinforcing the fundamentals of Software Design Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Introduction to GUI code patterns Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 GUI patterns in Java using JavaFX/Swing Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Networked software design patterns Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Combining GUI software with HTTP calls in Java Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Database software design patterns Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 Database access and caching patterns in Java Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Concurrency patterns Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 09 Worker patterns in JavaFX and Swing/AWT Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Software Architectural Patterns Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 Implementing more complex architectures in GUI software using Java Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Introduction to Enterprise Software Patterns Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 Implementing enterprise patterns in Java Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Analysing Software Design Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 12 Software Design Case Study Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Re-Review of Software Design Principles Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 13 Exam Project Review Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Unit Review Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Explain processes and elements in object-oriented design
  • LO2. Apply advanced object-oriented design approaches to software design
  • LO3. Apply advanced object-oriented design principles to implementation using an OO programming language
  • LO4. Discuss and apply testing techniques to software systems
  • LO5. Dscuss and apply software validation/verification techniques to Software systems.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

In response to student feedback, more focus on the technical implementation requirements has been added. The structure of the course has been simplified.


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