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COMP5709: IT Capstone Project - Individual (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: COMP5709: IT Capstone Project - Individual (12 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: SIT curriculum dev group
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, and has a WAM of 75+ may take this unit
Prohibitions: COMP5702 OR COMP5703 OR COMP5704 OR COMP5707 OR COMP5708.
Brief Handbook Description: The Information Technology Capstone project unit provides an opportunity for high-achieving students (WAM of 75+) to carry out an individual defined piece of work with academics of our school.

The students will acquire skills including the capacity to define a project, show how it relates to existing work, and carry out the project in a systematic manner. Students will apply their gained knowledge of units of study 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.

The unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a advanced project work in a setting and manner that fosters the development of IT/DS skills in research or design.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Students require an academic supervisor to conduct the project. We need to find adequate projects and supervisors prior to enrolment. Hence, we require departmental permission to enrol in this unit of study.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: COMP5709 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 No 10.00 Week 5 2, 5,
2 Progress Reports No 5.00 Week 9 2, 5, 7,
3 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 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 will be performed by a single student. Each student will be supervised by either an academic staff member. A mark consists of a project proposal, progress report, presentation and final report/deliverable, components.

Proposal and Progress Report: A Project Plan and Progress Report of around 15 pages are required that includes problem/task specification, literature survey, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, progress in the first semester and proposed timeline.

Presentation/Seminar: Oral Presentation and Poster. Each student will be required to participate in an individual oral. Presentations will be approximately 15-20 minutes duration.

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. The thesis project work must be conducted, written and submitted by the student. Students should closely consult the Project Guidelines handout and Marking Sheet for content and formatting requirements.

The penalty for lateness for assignments is 20% 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.
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
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 Submission of deliverables to client, report and presentation
Week 13 Project work
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
Master of Information Technology 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology Management 2019, 2020
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 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.