COIT13230 - Application Development Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the capstone project for the application development major of the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) course. You are required to synthesise and apply your skills developed across the units studied previously. This unit will help you to consolidate your competence with a relevant set of software engineering concepts, practices, and tools. To achieve this, you will work in small teams with a designated customer to identify a problem and develop a software application application adhering to software engineering principles and standards. You will document and present the requirement analysis, design artifacts, and the results from software testing. In addition to the documented application, your team will also identify and produce the project management and quality assurance components required to ensure that the project is delivered within specified project outcome parameters. You will also evaluate and discuss your contribution to the project team and the overall team performance.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: COIT12200, (COIT12207 or COIT13224) and (COIT12208 or COIS13064)

Co-requisite: COIT13229 and COIT13234

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 10%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Project (applied) 40%
5. Presentation 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.14% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Each assessment item has given an opportunity to reinforce key concepts of the application development major by providing a practical and tangible method of refining these skills.
Continue to provide well designed authentic assessments.
Action Taken
This was implemented. The assessment strategy stays unchanged.
Source: Unit evaluation
Distance students need more support.
Schedule regular Zoom meetings for distance students' engagement.
Action Taken
This was implemented. Distance students were supervised by the Unit Coordinator directly.
Source: Unit evaluation from the P/G capstone unit
More learning resources on Agile approach is expected.
Provide Agile development examples and resources.
Action Taken
This was implemented. More examples were provided at each artefact.
Source: ACS accreditation feedback
Teamwork should be improved.
Update assessment tasks to ensure at least three members in the team.
Action Taken
This was implemented. All the teams have at least 3 members in one team except for a couple of industry projects which have industrial colleagues in the team.
Source: Student evaluation
Assignment marking criteria should reflect each team member's contribution.
Suggest to review and update the marking criteria for the last assignment to increase the mark allocation of individual contributions.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
More learning resources are expected.
Provide more reading materials or project examples to support learning.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply software engineering processes, including requirement analysis, application software design, algorithm design, coding and debugging, software testing, and software project management.
  2. Manage a software development project, particularly the scheduling of time and resources, development of risk mitigation strategies, and the generation of supporting documentation
  3. Develop and implement a quality management plan for a small software development project adhering to ethical responsibility
  4. Communicate effectively by using written and oral presentation, understanding the needs of various stakeholders
  5. Work effectively as part of a development team
  6. Review and critically evaluate team and individual performance to reflect on the processes followed and identify areas for improvement.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA provides a consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments, and individuals in many countries and is increasingly used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.
ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 8. The SFIA code is included:

  • Requirements definition and management (REQM)
  • Programming/software development (PROG)
  • Software Design (SWDN)
  • Data modelling and design (DTAN)
  • User experience evaluation (HSEV)
  • Database design (DBDS)
  • Systems integration and build (SINT)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Configuration management (CFMG)
  • Application support (ASUP)
  • System installation and removal (HSIN)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Project (applied)
5 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10