ITECH3501-6501 Principles of Software Engineering

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ITECH3501-6501 Principles of Software Engineering


Assignment    2014-17                       Due date & marks: refer to course description on Moodle



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 a case drawn from technical and academic literature and to communicate the key issues through a written academic report.

Description of assignment:

Software Failure and the Laws of Software Engineering.

it is required to read a given case study of a software system failure and then analyse and discuss the failure and apply the laws given in the text showing clearly how the application of the laws might have lessened or even prevented the failure.

There are five (5) files attached:

BlackoutFinal.pdf, Causes.pdf, blackout-learner-version.pdf, LaprieFTCS25.pdf and Swfailure.pdf.

The main document is BlackoutFinal.pdf

Find and include full references (in APA style) for all the documents that you use (including any texts) in your report.

Your report should clearly show the following and be well presented:

1.      Cover Page

2.      Abstract

3.      A clear description of the system.

4.      Detailed failure symptoms of the system.

5.      Analysis of these failures.

6.      Discussion and recommendations based on laws in the textbook.

7.      References



*Important*                                                Plagiarism

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 as well as the Assignment Layout and Appearance Guidelines can be accessed online at:

Submission requirements

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 on the University website:

For more information about Turnitin:

                                                                             Marking Guide

ITECH3501-6501     Principles of Software Engineering





1.      Cover Page



Course Name & Number, Student Name, Student ID, Tutor’s Name



2.      Abstract


Not more than 250 words.



3.      A clear description of the system.


What was the system designed to do? Include all important functionality.



4.      Detailed failure symptoms of the system.


Include all symptoms of system failure.



5.      Analysis of these failures.


Analysis should be clear and complete.



6.      Discussion and recommendations based on the laws in the textbook.


ITECH3501 : Use,  but not limited to,BlackoutFinal.pdf document. At least 7 laws applied.

ITECH6501 : Use BlackoutFinal.pdf document and at least one other document from those given. At least 9 laws applied.





7.      Presentation of report: layout, references (inline and full references), spelling  grammar.






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