COMP SCI 1014 - Information Technology Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course is designed for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology. The course builds on earlier project management courses to provide a focus on IT project management, using two student-led projects. The course topics include project specification, IT specific methodologies, project scoping, analysis tools, human factors, logic, ethics, and presentation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 1014
    Course Information Technology Project
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 10 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge PROJMGNT 1001, COMP SCI 1015
    Restrictions Only available to Bachelor of Information Technology students.
    Course Description This course is designed for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Information
    Technology. The course builds on earlier project management courses to provide a
    focus on IT project management, using two student-led projects. The course topics
    include project specification, IT specific methodologies, project scoping, analysis
    tools, human factors, logic, ethics, and presentation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Nickolas Falkner

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Identify and develop solutions for small-scale information technology projects
    2. Apply systematic and creative thinking techniques for analysis and problem solving
    3. Apply critical thinking skills in the development of complex activities and in the provision of constructive criticism
    4. Apply fundamental IT methods and simple algorithms in the construction of a real or simulated system solution.
    5. Demonstrate technical competency in at least two areas of programming, system design, networking, and project management.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, in written, visual and verbal form, in order to convey complex information to others in a way that supports decision-making.
    7. Demonstrate teamwork, personnel management, and conflict management skills in contributing to and leading teams.
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
    All resources will be available through MyUni or made available through University portals.
    Online Learning
    All lectures will be conducted on-line to cover important material to assist in project development. These will be supported by regular Zoom sessions with the lecturer. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures will be delivered on-line, pre-recorded and asynchronously, and drop-in and Q&A sessions will be held to support these. Other activities will be held on campus, with a remote option. While the project work is individual, there is emphasis placed on group work and team support as part of the activities. Students will engage wide range of skills, technical and non-technical.


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

    Students are expected to allocate 10 hours per week for study-related activities, with an additional 30 hours in total for the two project assignments. This is a total of 150 hours for the course.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Students will take part in lectures (pre-recorded with interactive support sessions), and workshop sessions on a weekly basis. The workshop sessions will serve to develop skills and provide an opoortunity work on project and assessment related activities.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Despite the lack of formal pre-requisites, students are assumed to be able to code to some extent and have some awareness of information technology. No formal project management or team work experience is required.
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    There is no SGDE component for this course.

  • 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

    The assessment consists of a number of items, all related to coursework and activities within the course itself. There is no formal examination for this course.

    The main areas of assessment, and their weight towards the final marks, are:

    • Project Specification (30%)
    • Project Implementation (35%)
    • Collaboration (5%)
    • Theory tests (20%)
    • Lecture Quizzes (10%)

    Assessment Detail

    Main Item




    Project Spec




    Outline idea

    Area Survey


    Intro research report, identifying what's been done, and how it could be done.



    Presentation with slides showing overall approach and plan for success



    Specification and modification of goals



    Development of Implementation Plan

    Project Impl


    Tool Preparation


    Finding and installing all relevant tools from plan, organising equipment

    First prototype


    First cut, mockup with some interaction and some placeholders

    Progress Report


    Checking plan, also showing any modification of goals or plan.

    Second Prototype


    Incorporating feedback

    Minimum Viable Prototype


    Version showing all core and expected goals working - the pass level software.



    Formal presentation and demonstration of final software



    Group feedback


    Actively participates and provides detailed verbal and written feedback

    Knowledge share


    Answers student questions on forums and in groups.

    Theory tests


    Research skills


    Take home test to apply research-related skills and project specification.

    Project implementation skills


    Take home test requiring research and investigation around project implementation.

    Lecture Quizzes


    On-line post-lecture quizzes


    A set of quizzes to be completed within 2 weeks of the lecture.


    All materials will be submitted through MyUni or as part of face-to-face or online presentations.

    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

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    This is the first instance this course so no SELT information is available.

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