COIT20273 - Software Design and Development Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this capstone project, you are required to synthesise and demonstrate your technical and generic 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 an authentic problem, document and present the design process, and the results from a developed software solution to the identified problem. 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 teamwork and the overall team performance.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts

COIT20258 Software Engineering


COIT20259 Enterprise Computing Architecture

COIT20257 Distributed Systems: Principles and Development

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 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Term 2 - 2023 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 Postgraduate 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% 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: Feedback from ACS accreditation
The skills development plan should be reinforced.
Integrate the SFIA framework into the unit.
Action Taken
The unit has been updated in Term 1, 2022. The SFIA framework has been integrated into assessments.
Source: Student unit evaluation and unit coordinators' reflection
Authentic industry projects provide students real-world experience which is well received.
Continue to establish more links with industry and introduce more industry projects into the unit.
Action Taken
To be continued.
Source: Student Feedback and Unit Coordinator's Reflection
Redundant and inconsistent assessment requirements need to be rectified.
Review the assessment requirements.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback
Industry projects were well received.
Industry projects are being solicited to allow students to work on real-world projects.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply a systems engineering process, including requirement analysis, application software design, algorithm design, coding and debugging, software testing, and software project management, informed by research into best practice
  2. Demonstrate professional standards of software development including technical skills, documentation, software quality assurance, risk mitigation strategies, ethics and professional responsibility
  3. Plan and manage the software development project, particularly the scheduling of time and resources and the generation of supporting documentation
  4. Work collaboratively as part of a productive team
  5. Communicate effectively by using written and oral presentation, understanding the needs of various stakeholders
  6. Review and critically evaluate team and individual performance, reflecting on the processes followed and identifying 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)
  • Database design (DBDS)
  • Data modelling and design (DTAN)
  • Systems integration and build (SINT)
  • Configuration management (CFMG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Research (RSCH)
  • User experience evaluation (USEV)
  • 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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8