COMP SCI 4014A - Software Engineering Honours Research Project A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Final year research project, jointly supervised by software engineering and computer science academics with possible external industry involvement. The research topic will be selected from CS staff research interests. Students will be expected to learn and demonstrate the application of SE principles to research conduct. Non-SE academic supervisors will act as clients and research advisors, while SE staff will evaluate the students? software engineering practice. The project will be of 2 semesters? duration, with 3 units in semester 1 (part A) and 6 units in semester 2 (part B). It will provide a pathway to enrolment in a higher degree by research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 4014A
    Course Software Engineering Honours Research Project A
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 3018
    Restrictions Available to BESE students only
    Course Description Final year research project, jointly supervised by software engineering and computer science academics with possible external industry involvement. The research topic will be selected from CS staff research interests. Students will be expected to learn and demonstrate the application of SE principles to research conduct. Non-SE academic supervisors will act as clients and research advisors, while SE staff will evaluate the students? software engineering practice.
    The project will be of 2 semesters? duration, with 3 units in semester 1 (part A) and 6 units in semester 2 (part B). It will provide a pathway to enrolment in a higher degree by research.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Padraig O'Leary

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Gain exposure to research in an area of software engineering.
    2. Learn to interpret and assess literature related to a current area of research.
    3. Learn to present work to an audience, both in written form and orally.
    4. Apply software engineering principles and research to industry projects 
    5. Learn to work and plan in groups.
    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, 2, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Resources are recommended on a group basis by project supervisors. A dedicated computer laboratory is available. Specialised computing requirements should be arranged through the project supervisor.


    Online Learning
    A Moodle forum (“Software Engineering Honors Research Project”) is available for announcements and discussion about the MCS project: http://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au/.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The project is intended to provide an introduction to software engineering research and the application of that research in an industry project. Students learn by a combination of reading research papers, discussing problems with their supervisor and peers, writing experimental programs and presenting their work both orally and in a written report.
    Workload

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The Project (developed over COMP SCI 4014A and COMP SCI 4014B) consists of several stages, including:

    1. Literature review and research proposal presentation,
    2. Reporting on research findings
    3. Engagement with academic supervisor and industry client
    4. Implementation of research within industry project
    5. Demonstration of software engineering best practice The specific content of each step is highly project dependent, and should be discussed with the project supervisor.
  • 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
    Deliverable Assessment Type % CBOK Mapping
    Project proposal presentation (1st Semester) Group 6

    Interpersonal Communication: 3

    Problem Solving Abstraction: 3
    IT Project Management 2

    Individual presentation (1st Semester) Individual 6 Interpersonal Communication: 3
    Research Report (1st Semester) Group 10 IT Project Management: 2
    Design 3
    Abstraction 3
    Research Meetings Contribution (1st Semester) Individual 3 Professionalism: 2
    Interpersonal communications 3
    Poster and Associated Presentation (2nd Semester) Individual 12

    Interpersonal Communication: 3

    Problem Solving Abstraction: 3

    Peer Assessment (2nd Semester) Individual 7 Teamwork concepts & issues 3
    Project Quality (2nd Semester) Group 28 Hardware & Software 3
    Date & information 3
    Programming 3
    Systems Development 3
    Change Management 2
    Project Quality (2nd Semester) Individual 14 Hardware & Software 3
    Date & information 3
    Programming 3
    Systems Development 3
    Change Management 2
    Meeting Contributions (2nd Semester) Individual 14 Professionalism: 2
    Interpersonal communications 3
    Assessment Detail
    The Project is assessed based on a number of written and oral deliverables. The final project quality is marked by two examiners and verified by all academic staff. Students mark for the group will be based on their individual performance in the project.

    Meeting contributions will be assessed by academic supervisor, peer review and contributions from the industry client.


    Submission
    Project deliverables are submitted via Git and web submission.
    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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