Course Details

Course Code COMP9900
Course Title Information Technology Project
Lecturer Raymond Wong
Tutor Haojie Huang
Classes Timetable
Consultations Timetable
Units of Credit 6
Course Website
Handbook Entry

Course Summary

A capstone software project. Students work in teams to define, implement and evaluate a real-world software system. Most of the work in this course is team-based project work, although there are some introductory lectures on software project management and teamwork strategies. Project teams meet fortnightly with project mentors to report on the progress of the project. Assessment is based on a project proposal, a final project demonstration and report, and on the quality of the software system itself. Students are also required to reflect on their work and to provide peer assessment of their team-mates' contributions to the project.

Assumed Knowledge

Before commencing this course, students should be able to:

  • produce correct software programs in Java or C/C++, i.e., compilation, running, testing, debugging, etc.
  • produce readable code with clear documentation.
  • basic knowledge of database programming, Web programming and/or script programming (such as Python, PHP, Javascript).

Note: Students must be in their final semester of study, and have completed at least 72 UOC towards MIT program 8543.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. work as an effective member of a team to develop a software project (with a real-world application in mind)
  2. develop strategies leading to the development of high-performing, self-managing team
  3. develop skills to handle team issues during different phases of software development
  4. communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with peers, mentor (as supervisor) and lecturer (as stakeholder)
  5. appreciate and be familiar with the role of project management in software development
  6. produce clear and comprehensive software project proposal and report
  7. participate in a group presentation, demonstration, and liaising with mentor and stakeholder
  8. use relevant software tools to support effective software management.

This course contributes to the development of the following graduate capabilities:

Graduate Capability Acquired in
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems Project
Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change Project
Professionals capable of ethical, self- directed practice and independent lifelong learning Project
Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way Project

Teaching Strategies

  • Lectures: the main way to introduce and overview software project management; and discuss various teamwork strategies.
  • Labs: for the team to regularly meet up and interact with the mentor.
  • Project: give students the hands-on experience on a real-world software system, in a teamwork environment.

Teaching Rationale

The learning focus in this course is primarily a team-based software project (for students to practice their skills and knowledge in a real-world, teamwork setup). The course will have an emphasis on the practical software development skills in a teamwork environment. Students will learn the basic contents of software project management through introductory lectures.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

UNSW has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All UNSW staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at UNSW. Plagiarism at UNSW is defined as using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own.

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Item Due Marks
Proposal Week 2-3 10%
Project demo Week 11-12 15%
Project report Week 12 15%
Software quality Week 12 50%
Participation records, self & peer assessment Week 11-12 10%

Course Schedule

Week Lectures Labs Notes
1 Course intro, teamwork strategies, software tools - -
2 Agile software development; software management overview Group formation, project brainstorming -
3 - - -
4 - Progress report -
5 - - -
6 - Progress demo -
7 - - -
8 - Progress demo -
9 - - -
10 - Progress demo -
11 - Project demo -
12 Final wrap-up lecture - revision of the project outcomes Project demo -

Resources for Students

There are no specific texts and recommended readings for COMP9900. Programming language specific texts may be useful as references, depending on the programming language(s) used in the project. Other online resources and/or documentation will be provided during the lectures.

Course Evaluation and Development

This course is evaluated each session using the myExperience system.

This is the first time that this course is offered and there is no previous course evaluation to address yet.

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