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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the underlying principles of software processes, their analysis, measurement and improvement. These principles are examined using current research-oriented and commercial implementations. Understanding the principles enables a student to select an appropriate process methodology for a specific software development environment, measure its effectiveness and improve the process over time. Topics covered include software process components; development life cycles; processes modelling and simulation; measuring and assessing process methodologies; and the meta process and methodology verification. Current process methodologies that are critically examined include Rational Unified Process, Personal Software Process/Team Software Process, Lightweight (Agile) Processes and OpenSource Process. A variety of software process improvement and assessment methodologies are examined including CMM, CMMI, 6Sigma, TQM and AMI-Bootstrap.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the fundamentals of group dynamics and how they affect a software process; (2) critically evaluate a process and customise it to specific development environments; (3) employ mechanisms for the measurement and assessment of process effectiveness; (4) critically comment on all aspects of software development life cycles and processes; (5) explain a number of key process methodologies and models; and (6) improve and optimise processes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) projects; (2) research seminar and report; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Arran Stewart
Unit rules
enrolment in
the 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering) and completion of 12 points of programming-based units
CITS8220 The Software Process: Principles, Implementation and Improvement.
CITS4222 Software Engineering Industry Project Leadership

Humphrey, W. S. Team Software Process: Leading a Development Team: Addison-Wesley 2008

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