COMP SCI 7098 - Master of Computing & Innovation Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course offers an introduction to the development and management of large software projects. Topics covered in this course include the application of: software specification, risk analysis, project management, quality assurance and the study of ethical considerations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7098
    Course Master of Computing & Innovation Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Course Description This course offers an introduction to the development and management of large software projects. Topics covered in this course include the application of: software specification, risk analysis, project management, quality assurance and the study of ethical considerations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cruz Izu

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course offers an introduction to the development and management of large software projects.
    The aims of this course are listed below
    1.  The development of skills in proposing and presenting new project ideas.
    2.  The development of skills in project management, risk assessment, and planning.
    3.  The development of skills in software development and deployment.
    4.  The development of skills in software demonstrating and presenting software. 
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 to 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture slides, assignment specifications and additional materials will be provided online at the MCI Project course forum:
    http://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au/course/view.php?id=540 

    There is no required textbook for this course.
    Online Learning
    There is an online forum, managed by Moodle. A link to Moodle appears on the subject web-page. We will use the Moodle forum to announce all changes to the course, exercises, and tutorials. You are therefore strongly advised to read all mail that comes from this source — do not ignore it!
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be taught using a variation of team-based learning, with lecture/demonstration sessions interspersed with online videos and forum discussions. There will also be tutorial classes to support rehearshals of  oral presentations/demos and provide opportunity for peer feeback.
    Workload

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

    This course will involve significant practical work based around a software project. Work for this course will include, in lecture exercises, practical presentations, meetings with project supervisors, written reports, online planning artefacts, production of a software product and live software demonstrations.

    The contact time for courses varies. For a full time student, you should expect to spend around 40-48 hours per week on your studies. For this course, you have 3 contact hours per week. You should spend another 17-19 hours on study, preparation and project work.
    Learning Activities Summary
    There will be 12 hours of weekly lectures during the course, covering the
    following topics:
    • Course Outline
    • Preparing a Pitch
    • Constructing a Business Case
    • Describing your approach
    • Software Project Management
    • Testing and Software Quality
    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Presenting Project Outcomes

    Advisor Meetings
    You will be allocated an advisor for your project. You will be expected to have a short meeting with your advisor in the first week and at least once before each week an item of assessment is due to update him or her on your progress. You can also use these meetings to receive feedback on artifacts, draft presentations or reports that you have produced. To make such feedback useful you are expected to send a copy of the item to your supervisor at least a day prior to the meeting. Of course, the more carefully refined your draft item is the more useful the feedback will be to you.

    You will also be expected to maintain a project management activity as an aid for both you and your supervisor to monitor the project’s progress.
  • 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
    Assessment for this course is based on your project. There is no examination for this course. The project work for this course is in four components:
    - Oral Presentations 30%
    - Written Documents, worth 35%
    - Software Demonstration 25%
    - Online Project management activity, worth 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To pass, you must obtain a passing mark overall and achieve at least 40% of the available marks in the first three assessable course components. If your mark for any of those component is less than 40% of the available marks for that component, your overall mark will be capped at 44F.
    Assessment Detail
    The following table lists all the individual components to be completed and their due dates.
    Assessment Description Due Date Weight
    Pitch Oral presentation to sell your project concept Week 4 (Tutorials) 10%
    Business Case Document supporting business case for project Friday, Week 4 5%
    Approach Oral presentation describing approach for your project Week 5 (Tutorials) 5%
    Project Plan Document outlining your project plan Friday, Week 5 10%
    Project Management Activity Staying on track. Tracking project progress and issues Continuous from Week 5 to Week 13 10%
    Final Presentation Oral summary of project outcomes Week 12 (Tutorials) 15%
    Software Demonstration Live software demonstration Week 13 (Tutorials) 25%
    Final Report Document summarizing project outcomes Friday, Week 13 20%

    Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
    You should hand your coursework in on time. If you hand in your work late, your mark will be capped, based on how many days late it is.
    - 1 day late – mark capped at 75%
    - 2 days late – mark capped at 50%
    - 3 days late – mark capped at 25%
    - more than 3 days late – no marks available

    Students may apply for extensions to their written and online assignment work.
    They must do so by submitting an assignment extension form (available from the course forums) prior to the due date, and must provide evidence of impairment to support their request for an extension.
    Submission
    All written documents shall be submitted through the course forum.

    All presentations will be done at tutorial times as follows
    • Tutorial 1: Pitch Presentation (Week 4)
    • Tutorial 2: Approach Presentation (Week 5)
    • Tutorial 3: Project Presentation (Week 12)
    • Tutorial 4: Project Demonstration (Week 13)

    Students will receive immediate feedback on their oral presentations and demonstrations, followed by written feedback. Students will receive written feedback (online) on all written and online assignment work. Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks of the assignment submission.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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