Course Title: VCE Software Development Unit 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: VCE Software Development Unit 4

Credit Points: 90.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360T Education


Term2 2019

Course Coordinator: David Thomas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9122

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Course Coordinator Location: Tivoli Building, 235 - 251 Bourke Street, Bld 108.5.007 RMIT

Course Coordinator Availability: email or when teaching

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You should have satisfactorily completed Unit 3 before you commence Unit 4.

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities.

You should be able to use the Windows Operating System, a word processor and a web browser. Additionally, you should have sound design thinking skills.

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Course Description

In this unit students focus on how the information needs of individuals and organisations are met through the creation of software solutions used in a networked environment. They continue to study the programming language used in Unit 3.   In Area of Study 1 students further their computational thinking skills by transforming their detailed design prepared in Unit 3 into a software solution. They evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the solution in meeting needs or opportunities. They also assess the effectiveness of the project plan in monitoring project progress. In Area of Study 2 students apply systems thinking skills when explaining the relationship between two information systems that share data and how that dependency affects the performance of the systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In area of study 1 students further develop their computational thinking skills by using the programming language studied in Unit 3 to transform the design they prepared in Unit 3, Outcome 2 into a software solution that meets specific needs or opportunities.   Students prepare a useability test that addresses the core features of their solution. The test must be undertaken by at least two other ‘users’ and the results recorded. Students can make any necessary adjustments to their solution based on these results.   In area of study 2 Students apply systems thinking skills when examining information systems that share data. They develop knowledge of factors that influence the integrity of data and consider processes used within information systems to manage the storage, communication and disposal of data. Students investigate the capabilities of information systems operating in a networked environment and how these systems can be secured to enhance the integrity of data. They examine the importance of applying technical protocols when interacting with information systems and the consequences of violating these protocols.

Outcome 1   On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply stages of the problem-solving methodology to create a solution using a programming language that fulfils identified requirements and assess the effectiveness of the project plan in monitoring progress.   Outcome 2   On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and explain the dependencies between two information systems and evaluate the controls in place in one information system to protect the integrity of its source data.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities of this course include a blended learning approach of lecture mode and student-centred learning which include active participation in project work, group discussions, work-sheet activities, answering given questions and answering past exam papers.

Overview of Learning Resources

You should have the copies of the following prescribed books:

Software Development and Visual Basic.NET Combo Pack (2 books!)


ISBNs: 978-0-9750764-6-0 (Software Development) and 978-0-9750764-4-6 (Visual Basic)

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator, special needs coordinator, or the Equitable Learning Service if you would like to find out more.


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