COIT13230 - Application Development Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This capstone unit in the Application Development major of the Bachelor of Information Technology course is designed so that you can demonstrate your learning across the whole course of study before making the transition to the next stage of your career. You are required to demonstrate and apply the skills you have developed in earlier core and application development specialisation units by undertaking an authentic task group project or an industry project. 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 adhering to software engineering principles and standards. You will document and present the requirement analysis, identify potential cyber threats and system vulnerabilities, design artefacts, and the results from software testing. Your team will develop the project management, quality assurance, and cyber security components within project specifications. 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 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Term 3 - 2024 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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 87.50% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), 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: Student Evaluations
Students enjoyed having real world projects and meeting real clients.
Continue to provide real-world projects.
Action Taken
In Term 2, one real-world project has been integrated into the unit.
Source: Student Evaluations
Students wanted a cross-campus, mid-term presentation so students could compare themselves with all other groups.
Consider cross-campus presentations during and at the end of term.
Action Taken
The final presentations have been delivered via Zoom with all campuses included.
Source: Student Evaluations
Students want more involvement with the real-world clients.
Add more meetings with clients.
Action Taken
Students have weekly meetings with the clients if their projects are industry related. This will be continued if more real-world projects are introduced.
Source: Student Evaluations
Students want more conflict resolution support.
Include a review of conflict resolution strategies.
Action Taken
Conflict resolution management has been included in Assessment 1.
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
There are not enough student project examples.
Add more student project examples.
Action Taken
More project examples have been provided.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Redundant and inconsistent assessment requirements need to be rectified.
Review the assessment requirements to eliminate redundancy and inconsistency.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: Unit Evaluation
More useful learning materials would be helpful.
Review the learning materials.
Action Taken
In Progress
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply software engineering processes in the context of application development to address all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  2. Manage a software development project using contemporary project management tools & techniques and a quality management plan
  3. Design and develop complex software applications adhering to cybersecurity principles and ethical responsibility
  4. Work and communicate effectively as part of a development team demonstrating advanced written and oral presentations.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS), the professional association for Australia's ICT sector, recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments, and individuals in many countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles. ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile.


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 (USEV)
  • Database design (DBDS)
  • Systems integration and build (SINT)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Configuration management (CFMG)
  • Application support (ASUP)
  • System installation and removal (HSIN)
  • Information Security (SCTY)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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