COMP SCI 4404 - Software Engineering Research Project
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 4404 Course Software Engineering Research Project Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Restrictions Available to B.Engineering (Software Engineering) students Only Course Description The final year research project is aimed at providing students with an
opportunity to apply Software Engineering knowledge, understanding, and skills to an industrially sourced project. The projects are jointly supervised by academic supervisors and the external clients, who propose projects. The students are assigned to different small teams that are expected to work collaboratively on the assigned
project that will involve aspects of research and development. Students are expected to demonstrate the application of software engineering principles and practices by following defined processes, which are tracked using online repositories and communication tools. The project also provides a pathway to enrolment in a higher degree by
Course Coordinator: Dr Christoph TreudeCoordinator: Christoph Treude
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Conduct research in an area of software engineering 2 Interpret and assess literature related to a current area of research 3 Present work to an audience, both in written form and orally 4 Apply software engineering principles and research to industry projects 5 Collaborate on planning and realizing industry-scale software projects
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) 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)
1,2,4 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
1-5 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
3-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3, 5 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 ResourcesThe resources required for this course will vary with the project undertaken. Generic information will be provided as-needed on the course forums.
Recommended ResourcesResources 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 LearningAll resources for the course are available through the University's online Learning Management System, MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will conduct regular meetings with clients and with lecturers. Lecture and tutorial sessions are used to assist with project administration and guidance relating project processes and outcomes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a project course of 6 units students are expected to organise their own time between meetings. Course participants are expected to communicate frequently via the online resources used for the project. Each student is expected to devote 20 to 24 hours per week throughout the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryThe Project 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.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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 Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment** Poster and Associated Presentation 10 Group Summative Week 12 3. 5. 1.1 1.2 2.3 2.4 2.6 Peer Assessment and Meeting Contributions (5% each) 10 Individual Summative Week 12 3. 5. 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.6 4.2 Project Quality 10 Group Summative Week 12 4. 5. 1.1 1.2 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 Project Quality 20 Individual Summative Week 12 4. 5. 1.1 1.2 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 Literature Review 10 Individual Summative Week 5 1. 2. 3. 2.2 2.6 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 Development Process 10 Individual Summative Week 12 4. 5. 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.6 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 Development Process 10 Group Summative Week 5 4. 5. 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.6 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 Written Research Report 20 Individual Summative Week 12 Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 1.1 1.2 2.2 2.6 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction1.2 Design
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics2.2 Professional expectations2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues2.4 Interpersonal communications2.5 Societal issues2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software3.2 Data & information3.3 Networking
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming4.2 Human factors4.3 Systems development4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational5.2 IT project management5.3 Service management5.4 Security management
Assessment Related RequirementsHurdle Requirement: If your overall mark for the course is greater than 44 F but, your mark for the individual project quality component is less than 40%, your overall mark for the course will be reduced to 44 F.
Assessment DetailThe 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.
SubmissionProject deliverables are submitted via Git and web submission.
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.
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