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COMP5708: Information Technology Capstone B (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: COMP5708: Information Technology Capstone B (6 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: None.
Co-Requisites: COMP5707.
Prohibitions: COMP5702 OR COMP5704 OR COMP5703. Eligible students of the IT Capstone Project may choose either COMP5703 or COMP5707/COMP5708.
Brief Handbook Description: The Information Technology Capstone project provides an opportunity for enrolled part-time students to carry out an IT capstone project, independently. Students will be expected to choose an IT capstone 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) and apply them to the project. The learning outcomes are assessed by written reports (i.e. proposal, progress report, and final report).

It is not expected that the project outcomes from this unit will represent a significant contribution to new knowledge (i.e. research project).

The unit aims is to fosters the development of IT skills in research or design for part-time student.

The IT Capstone project spans over two consecutive semesters where COMP5707 is for the first enrolled semester and COMP5708 is for the second enrolled semester and can only be taken by part-time students.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: 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.

Eligible students for the IT Capstone project will be required to complete both COMP5707 (6 CPS) & COMP5708 (6 CPS), totaling 12 CPS.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Osop, Hamzah
Timetable: COMP5708 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Research/Project Work 9.00 13
2 Meeting 1.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Meeting: Meeting with supervisor and/or client and/or group.

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. 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 No 10.00 Previous Semester 2, 5,
2 Progress Report #1 No 2.50 Previous Semester 2, 5, 7,
3 Progress Report #2* No 2.50 Week 6 2, 5, 7,
4 Presentation/Seminar* No 10.00 Week 12 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Final Report/Deliverable* No 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 or as individual expert who is working with client and other stakeholders, however individual contribution will be assessed.

The main assessment tasks are based on three areas (depending on the nature of the task the first two might be combined into a single document):

(i) the deliverables from the project that would be given to the `client` (who may be external, internal to the School, or even an implied type of person who would desire this work to be done, without there being a concrete individual). Example deliverables could be some software, an installed system, a report discussing some alternatives, an analysis of a marketplace, a design, etc;

(ii) A final report on the project for the supervisor, which would include an account of the purpose and context, a detailed description of the process which took place, an evaluation of the outcomes and the process;

(iii) An oral presentation/seminar of the project outcomes for an audience of both client and supervisor.

Students can work either individually or as part of a group, but will have their individual contribution assessed as part of any group project outcomes.

Students will receive a mark of UCN (Unit Continuing) for Information Technology Capstone A if they have shown sufficient progress to warrant continuing on to IT Capstone Project B. The final grade for Information Technology Capstone A and B is based on the work done in IT Capstone Project A and B as a whole. Any marks awarded in Information Technology Capstone A will be incorporated into calculations for the final grade of the two units.

Proposal and Progress Report: Research Plan & Progress Report. A Research Plan and Progress Report of around 15 pages is required from each student. Should include problem/task specification, literature survey, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, progress in first semester and proposed timeline.

Presentation/Seminar: Oral Presentation and Poster. Each student will be required to participate in an 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.

Participation: Management of Research Project. Projects may be undertaken in groups but marking of project management component is based on individual contributions.

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.
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 . 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.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Computer Science that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
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 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

Week Description
Week 1 Project work.
Week 2 Project work
Week 3 Project work
Week 4 Project work
Week 5 Project work
Week 6 Project work
Assessment Due: Progress Report #2*
Week 7 Project work
Week 8 Project work
Week 9 Project work
Week 10 Project work
Week 11 Project work
Week 12 Project work
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar*
Week 13 Submission of deliverables to client and report.
Assessment Due: Final Report/Deliverable*
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Project Proposal
Assessment Due: Progress Report #1

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

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.