COMP SCI 7098 - Master of Computing & Innovation Project
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
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 9 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M Comp Inn students only 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 Coordinator: Dr Anthony DickLecturer
Dr Amali Weerasinghe
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course offers an introduction to the development and management of large software projects.
The aims of this course are listed below
- The development of skills in proposing and presenting new project ideas.
- The development of skills in project management, risk assessment, and planning.
- The development of skills in software development and deployment.
- 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)
1-4 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
Required ResourcesLecture 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 LearningWe 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 ModesThe 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 SummaryThere 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
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.
Small Group Discovery Experiencenot applicable
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryDue 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 updates.
Pitch Presentations (10%)
all students will now prepare a pitch video rather than a face to face presentation, details here
deadline for submitting your slides is Friday March 27
deadline for submitting the video is Monday March 30
Business Case and Draft Plan (5%)
deadline for submitting this document is now Monday April 6
Software Iteration 1 (15%)
deadline for submitting this report is now Friday May 1
Testing plan (5%)
will include update of draft plan, for final version of software
deadline for submitting this document is Friday May 8
Final presentation and demo (20%)
if necessary, this will be presented by video conference rather than face to face
due week 12 (exact dates TBD)
Final report (30%)
still the only hurdle requirement in the course
due Friday June 12
Project management (15%)
we expect groups to document how they adjust to working remotelyand is worth 10%. This is designed to familiarise the students with the process and 'iron out any kinks'. The final exam (worth 50%) will take place during the examination period and will be similar to a regular exam (though also open-book)."
Assessment Related RequirementsTo 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 DetailThe 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 Presentation of project outcomes + live software demonstration Week 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.
SubmissionAll written documents shall be submitted through the course forum.
Students will receive feedback on all the presentations, demonstrations and written work.
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
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