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. To achieve this, you will work in small teams with a designated customer to identify a small software application, its requirements (both functional and non-functional) and a software development methodology for its realisation. Your team will then develop a well designed and documented application that meets the identified requirements. 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. Emerging technologies and current research issues will support your design choices.

Details

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

Pre-requisites:

PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts

COIT20258 Software Engineering

Co-requisites:

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
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Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

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. Project (applied) 100%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.79% 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 evaluation
Feedback
Teamwork and project management skills are well received.
Recommendation
Continue to maintain the project-based teamwork learning model.
Action Taken
The project-based teamwork learning model has been continued.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The staged approach of assessment tasks and documentation requirements helps students in building their final product.
Recommendation
Continue the current assessment plan.
Action Taken
The staged assessment requirements plan has been continued.
Source: Unit Coordinator's reflection
Feedback
The marking criteria should be made clearer and simpler.
Recommendation
A review of the marking criteria for the final submission is recommended.
Action Taken
The marking criteria for the last assignment has been reviewed and updated.
Source: Feedback from ACS accreditation
Feedback
The skills development plan should be reinforced.
Recommendation
Integrate the SFIA framework into the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit evaluation and unit coordinators' reflection
Feedback
Authentic industry projects provide students real-world experience which is well received.
Recommendation
Continue to establish more links with industry and introduce more industry projects into the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 is in use in over 100 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 at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
  • Programming/software development (PROG)
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Database design (DBDS)
  • Enterprise and business architecture (STPL)
  • Application support (ASUP)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Research (RSCH)
  • User experience analysis (UNAN)
  • User experience design (HCEV)
  • User experience evaluation (USEV)
  • Configuration management (SYSP)
  • Quality assurance (QUAS)
  • Quality standards (QUST)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Project (applied)
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
1 - Project (applied)