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Software Design and Development

Software Design and Development (SDD) is the study of designing and developing software. SDD is also a subject offered to senior high school students in Australia in university entrance exams such as the Higher School Certificate and the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).


VCE Course

In Victoria, the course in the VCE is known as Information Technology: Software Development.

New South Wales

HSC Course

In New South Wales, SDD is separated into the Preliminary (Year 11) and HSC (Year 12) courses. A prerequisite for the HSC Course is successful completion of the Preliminary Course, which is the same for any other course in the HSC. The course in NSW is set out in the NSW Board of Studies HSC Software Design and Development syllabus document.[1]

Preliminary Course

Concepts and Issues in the Design and Development of Software (30%)
  • Social and ethical issues
  • Hardware and software
  • Software development approaches
Introduction to Software Development (50%)
  • Defining the problem and planning software solutions
  • Building software solutions
  • Checking software solutions
  • Modifying software solutions

Developing Software Solutions (20%)

Course Structure

Development and Impact of Software Solutions (15%)

  • Social and ethical issues
  • Application of software development approaches

Software Development Cycle (40%)

  • Defining and understanding the problem
  • Planning and design of software solutions
  • Implementation of software solutions
  • Testing and evaluation of software solutions
  • Maintenance of software solutions

Developing a Solution Package (25%)

Options (20%) One of the following options:

  1. Evolution of programming languages, or
  2. The interrelationship between hardware and software

See also

Information Processes and Technology, which is a similar course offered in the HSC.


External links

  • Board of Studies Website
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