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COMP5705: Information Technology Short Project (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: COMP5705: Information Technology Short Project (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, Int January
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: COMP5702 OR COMP5703 OR COMP5704.
Brief Handbook Description: This is a short 6cp IT project unit of study that can be taken either stand-alone as a short IT project during winter or summer schools, or as an internship-project as part of an industry-based scholarship such as the Faculty's Postgraduate Industry Project Placement Scheme (PIPPS). The focus is on the development of a client-focused solution with proper project management and documentation. For such students who follow the internship model of one day a week over both semester 1 and semester 2, COMP5705 can be combined with COMP5706 IT Industry Placement Project.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Osop, Hamzah
Timetable: COMP5705 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 1.00 1 13
2 Project Work - own time 1 13
T&L Activities: Project Work - own time: Work on the project

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
1. Ability to develop a solution (which could be a software system, an evaluation/comparison of technologies, an installed system, an analysis of a marketplace, etc) to meet the needs of some client.
2. Ability to plan a semester-long project, incorportaing risk mitigation stategies; ability to follow the plan methodically.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
3. Ability to determine the needs of some client (and negotiate agreement with the client).
(4) Design (Level 4)
4. Ability 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.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
5. Ability to use previously unfamiliar tools/concepts and to integrate with previously unfamiliar systems, learning their use from examples and documentation.
6. Ability to reflect on and honestly evaluate the outcomes and process.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project* No 100.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment tasks which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special considerations.

Project: Semester-long individual project. The assessment is weighted: 20% outcomes; 20% process; 20% evaluation and reflection; 20% communication; 20% contribution. Assessment is based on three things (though in some cases 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 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 of the project outcomes for an audience of both client and supervisor.
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.
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 and supervisor negotiation/allocation
Week 2 Complete project and supervisor allocation
Week 3 Project work
Week 4 Project work
Week 5 Project work
Week 6 Project work
Week 7 Project work
Week 8 Project work
Week 9 Project work
Week 10 Project work
Week 11 Project work
Week 12 Project work
Week 13 Submission of deliverables to client, report and presentation
Assessment Due: Project*

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology 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
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
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 33.34%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 16.67%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 16.67%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 33.34%

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.