COMP SCI 7098 - Master of Computing & Innovation Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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 Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 9
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assessment exam and/or compulsory project
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cruz Izu

    Dr Thushari Atapattu
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture slides, assignment specifications and additional materials will be provided online at the MCI Project course at:

    There is no required textbook for this course.
    Online Learning
    We will use the Canvas news  forum to announce all changes to the course, assesment milestones, and tutorials.
    You are therefore strongly advised to register and  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.

    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 30%
    - Software Milestones 30%
    - Online Project management activity, worth 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To pass, you must obtain a passing mark overall and achieve at least 40% for the final report. If your mark for this component is less than 40%, 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 Weeks 3-4 10%
    Business Case Document supporting business case for project Week 4 5%
    Iteration 1 Complete first iteration (agile model) - Prototype or key components completed and evaluated  Week 6 15%
    Iteration 2 Complete second iteration (agile model) - Next prototype completed and evaluated Week 10 15%
    Testing Plan  Document each iteration testing plan and prepare final product testing Week10 5%
    Project Management Activity  Tracking project progress and  key issues,  (record of minutes and time allocations) Continuous from Week 3 to Week 11 10%
    Final Software Demonstration Oral summary of project outcomes and live software demonstration Weeks 12 /13 20%
    Final Report Document summarizing project outcomes Week 14 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 by emailing the course coordinator, prior to the due date.
    They must provide evidence of impairment to support their request for an extension.
    All written documents shall be submitted through the course forum.
    Students will receive feedback on all the presentations, demonstrations and written work.
    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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