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COMP5703: Information Technology Capstone Project (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: COMP5703: Information Technology Capstone Project (12 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Osop, Hamzah
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: A candidate for the MDS, MIT, MITM or MIT / MITM who has completed 24 credit points from Core, Specialist or Foundation units of study may take this unit.
Prohibitions: COMP5702 OR COMP5704 OR COMP5707 OR COMP5708 OR COMP5709.
Brief Handbook Description: The Information Technology Capstone project provides an opportunity for students to carry out a defined piece of independent research or design. These skills include the capacity to define a research or design question, show how it relates to existing knowledge and carry out the research or design in a systematic manner. Students will be expected to choose a research/development project that demonstrates their prior learning in their advanced IT specialist domain (MIT) or the management of IT (MITM) or both technical and IT management domains (MIT/MITM) or in the data science domain (MDS). The results will be presented in a final project presentation and report.

It is not expected that the project outcomes from this unit will represent a significant contribution to new knowledge. The unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent investigative research or design work in a setting and manner that fosters the development of IT/DS skills in research or design.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: COMP5703 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - own time 18.00 13
2 Meeting 1.00 13
T&L Activities: Meeting: Meeting with supervisor and/or client

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The ability to identify and design an approach to an IT problem will be assessed throughout the formulation of the project proposal, progress report and final report/deliverables. Design (Level 4)
The ability to apply IT domain knowledge and skills will be assessed throughout the project proposal, progress reports and final report. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
The ability to use appropriate methods and tools to critically analyse and evaluate data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context will be assessed during the presentation and final report. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
The ability to apply recent IT literature to the project will be assessed in the project proposal and final project report. Information Seeking (Level 4)
The ability to communicate will be assessed during the final presentation and report. Students will be expected to present written and oral work to client and other stakeholders and also to academic assessors, with consideration for the needs and interests of various target groups and to understand instructions from client and other stakeholders. Communication (Level 4)
The ability to develop, substantiate and articulate professional positions on issues relevant to the chosen area of practice will be assessed throughout the project. Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate the outcomes and process of the project.

Manage time and resources; make plans; understand and mitigate risks; follow a defined process carefully
Professional Conduct (Level 4)
The ability to manage the practical implementation of a project will be assessed in the student`s ability to work effectively in a team. This will included the ability to manage time and resources, formulate a project plans, understand and mitigate risks and follow a defined process carefully. Project and Team Skills (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
1. The ability to utilise prior domain knowledge to define and develop a research/development project relevant to an advanced IT specialist domain (MIT) or the management of IT (MITM) or both technical and IT management domains (MIT/MITM).
Design (Level 4)
2. Ability to initiate, formulate and plan an IT research project based on research and development.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
3. Ability to analyse and synthesise information, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Information Seeking (Level 4)
4. Demonstrate knowledge of recent IT research literature and possess an ability to apply investigative research to their own project.
Communication (Level 4)
5. Ability to document, report and present project work undertaken to engage an academic and/or professional audience.
Professional Conduct (Level 4)
6. Ability to develop, substantiate and articulate professional positions on issues relevant to the chosen area of practice. Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate the outcomes and process of the project.
Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
7. Ability to plan a semester-long project, incorporating risk mitigation strategies and follow the plan methodically.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project Proposal* Yes 10.00 Week 5 2, 5,
2 Progress Reports* Yes 5.00 Week 9 2, 5, 7,
3 Presentation/Seminar* Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Final Report/Deliverable* Yes 75.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment tasks which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special considerations.

Assessment Overview: The Information Technology Capstone project can be in performed in teams of 4 group members. Groups are supervised by tutors. A mark for project proposal, progress report, presentation and final report/deliverable, respectively, consists of an individual component and group component.

Proposal and Progress Report: A Project Plan and Progress Report of around 15 pages is required that includes problem/task specification, literature survey, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, progress in first semester and proposed timeline. Each team member delivers a contribution report as well as reporting on individual work performed.

Presentation/Seminar: Oral Presentation and Poster. Each student will be required to participate in individual oral and poster presentations. Presentations will be approximately 15-20 minutes duration. Poster should be printed on an A1 page and summarise the group`s research work, including the main conclusions.

Participation in presentations is compulsory. Failure to deliver a scheduled seminar will result in a fail grade for the project units.

Final Report: Statement identifying the specific contributions of the student and others must be included. Maximum length is 50 pages (including tables, figures and references, but not appendices). The final report must contain a page stating the specific contributions of the student and that of others involved. While the thesis project work is conducted in groups, the final project itself must be written and submitted individually. Students should closely consult the Project Guidelines handout and Marking Sheet for content and formatting requirements. Each team member delivers a contribution report as well as reporting on individual work performed.

The penalty for lateness for assignments is 5% per day.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of Computer Science may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Project and supervisor negotiation/allocation
Week 2 Complete project and supervisor allocation
Week 3 Project work
Week 4 Project work
Week 5 Project work
Assessment Due: Project Proposal*
Week 6 Project work
Week 7 Project work
Week 8 Project work
Week 9 Project work
Assessment Due: Progress Reports*
Week 10 Project work
Week 11 Project work
Week 12 Project work
Week 13 Submission of deliverables to client, report and presentation
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar*
Assessment Due: Final Report/Deliverable*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Data Science 2019, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 12.72%
Design (Level 4) Yes 17.38%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 12.72%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 12.72%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 19.38%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 12.72%
Project and Team Skills (Level 4) Yes 12.38%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.