SENG404-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Software Requirements and Architecture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course explores software requirements and software architecture in the software development and software product life cycle.

Many software engineering problems are rooted in not understanding the needs of customers and other stakeholders, as well as a lack of attention to the software architecture as the overarching structure of software systems and the major design decisions that significantly affect the functionality and quality of software-intensive systems. The course will discuss concepts for systematically defining and managing software requirements and software architectures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and describe the importance of requirements and architecture (including the relationship between requirements and architecture) in the software development and software product life cycle
  • Perform trade-off analyses for different design solutions
  • Utilize software architecture as means for early quality assessment
  • Apply methods for effective requirements and software architecture practices and management
  • Compare and interpret the current state-of-the-art and practice of requirements engineering and software architecture, including identifying, selecting and interpreting background literature and research findings
  • Write, compile and present professional and technical reports in a format appropriate for the software engineering discipline
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication, writing and presentations skills


(1) SENG301, or
(2) Subject to approval by Head of Department

Course Coordinator

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment One 30%
Assignment Two 30%
Exam 40%

Updated Semester One 2020 assessment deadlines and details will be available once finalised.

Textbooks / Resources

Given the nature of the course, and the rapid change in the software industry, there is no single generic text book. Advice will be available from the course coordinator for appropriate textbooks and other resources.

Additional Course Outline Information

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.
If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University- wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a B- grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,033.00

International fee $4,938.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All SENG404 Occurrences

  • SENG404-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021