COMP SCI 7096A - Master of Software Engineering Project Part A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

A student undertaking the project component of M. SoftEng will enrol in this project in semester 1. This is a major software project as approved by the Head of School. The number of units reflects the scope of the project. It is undertaken as a group project. The project will be assessed as a single entity - the student receiving this mark for all the project courses in which they enrolled.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7096A
    Course Master of Software Engineering Project Part A
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites COMP SCI 7007, COMP SCI 7015
    Corequisites COMP SCI 7036
    Restrictions Available to M Software Engineering students only
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ali Babar

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Describe and demonstrate core software engineering processes to deliver software artefacts
    2 Develop, and present structured project documentation, and deliver software artefacts
    3 Work productively in a team to develop software artefacts
    4 Work productively with clients on a regular basis and record meeting minutes
    5 Design, develop, and produce substantial software that meets user requirements and integrate that software to be usable by clients.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The School will provision resources as required by the project.
    Online Learning
    Each project team will discuss and agree upon online resources that would be made available by the respective supervisor(s). Most of the time academic supervisor(s) will be using school's online learning platform, Canvas ( and emails for communication with the students and distributing relevant learning material. Students are expected to check their University's email account regularly during the semester.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Seminar style discussion meetings and project supervision by academic staff and project clients.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    20 hours per week per student.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This is a project course and most of the learning acivities will be embeded in the project related activities that involving team work on the assigned project tasks, general course meetings with the teaching staff, projet meetings with the project clients, and academic consultation meetings with the teaching staff. Following are the details about the meetings that are expected to drive the learning activities. 

    General course and project related combined meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hour. The duration of each team’s academic supervision meeting varies depending upon the nature and stage of a project and the needs of a team (or the needs of each individual member in each team) – expect 45-60 minutes each week at a mutually agreed time and place. Each team will also have project progress meetings with their project client(s) – such meetings will focus on the assigned topic and its related system to be developed and evaluated. Each of these meetings will last 45-60 minutes. It is expected that each team prepares and shares with teaching staff detailed minutes of the project meetings held with the clients.

    The members of each project team are encouraged to spend at least 10-12 hours each week in a lab working together. If they need help during the lab work, they can send a request to the teaching staff for a meeting in the lab. However, such requests will only be accommodated depending upon the availability of the time of the teaching staff. Each student can make an appointment to meet the teaching staff for discussing project’s technical or logistical issues. It is encouraged that the whole team meets the teacher together or at least keep the other team members posted about the discussion points and the outcomes.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Following are the components of the assessment for this project course.

    1) Project proposal report and presentation (20%) - Group Assessment.

    2) Individual contributions (20%) Individual Assessment.

    3) Research and development Report (50%) Individual Assessment.

    4) Contributions in the formal project meetings (academic and client supervisors) (10%) - Individual assessment.

    The assessment Rubrics will be delivered through online learning platform - - and discussed in the general project meeting.

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent changes.

    "Course assessment stays the same, even though the presentation component would be conducted remotely via Zoom.

    Please refer to the published time table and rubric for more information on the assessment. "
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Hurdle Requirement: If your overall mark for the course is greater than 44 F but, your marks for the individual contributions are less than 40%, your overall mark for the course will be reduced to 44 F.
    Assessment Detail
    1) Project proposal report and presentation (20%) - Group assessment. 

    A report critically analysing the relevant literature and detailing a research design and execution plan. The research proposal presentation will also describe individual research component.  

    2) Individual contributions (20%) - Individual assessment. 

    A presentation to demonstrate an individual contribution to the carried out research and its results and a prototype implementation of a system.

    3) Research and Development Report (50%) - Individual assessment.

    A detailed report demonstrating the design, execution, and findings and associated prototype system that has been fully tested. A detailed plan for the future work in the same or similar problem domain.

    4) Contributions in the formal project meetings (academic and client supervisors) (10%) - Individual assessment.

    Active and fruitful contributions to the formal project meetings with academic supervisors and clients. 

    Note: The details of the assessment rubrics will be provided through online learning platform, ( and will be discussed in the general project meeting.

    CBOK Mapping:

    Project proposal report and presentation
    Abstraction: 3
    Design: 3
    Professional expectations: 3
    Teamwork concepts & issues: 3
    Understanding of ICT profession: 3
    Hardware & Software: 3
    Data & information: 3
    IT governance & organisational: 3
    IT project management: 3
    Individual contributions
    Abstraction: 3
    Design: 3
    Professional expectations: 3
    Teamwork concepts & issues: 3
    Interpersonal communications: 3
    Understanding of ICT profession: 3
    Hardware & Software: 3
    Data & information: 3
    Programming: 3
    Human factors: 3
    Systems development: 3
    IT governance & organisational: 3
    IT project management: 3
    Research and development report
    Abstraction: 2
    Design: 2
    Professional expectations: 3
    Understanding of ICT profession: 3
    Hardware & Software: 3
    Data & information: 3
    Programming: 3
    Human factors: 3
    Systems development: 3
    IT governance & organisational: 2
    IT project management: 2
    Contributions in the formal project meetings
    Professional expectations: 3
    Teamwork concepts & issues: 3
    Interpersonal communications: 3
    Understanding of ICT profession: 3
    Hardware & Software: 3
    Data & information: 3
    Programming: 3
    Human factors: 3
    Systems development: 3
    IT governance & organisational: 3
    IT project management: 3

    For students who started their MSE degrees before 2013, alternative assessment criteria can be arranged. Please contact the course coordinator for details.
    Project artefacts and documents are to be presented to lecturers and clients at weekly meetings.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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