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Unit of study_

SOFT3888: Software Development Project

This unit will provide students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and practice the skills acquired in the prerequisite and qualifying units, in the context of designing and building a substantial software development system in diverse application domains including life sciences. Working in groups for an external client combined with academic supervision, students will need to carry out the full range of activities including requirements capture, analysis and design, coding, testing and documentation. Students will use the XP methodology and make use of professional tools for the management of their project.

Details

Academic unit Computer Science
Unit code SOFT3888
Unit name Software Development Project
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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SOFT3413
Prerequisites
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[18CP 2000-level or above units from SOFT or COMP or INFO]
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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SOFT3202

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Basem Fathi Suleiman, basem.suleiman@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Individual contribution reports
Individual contribution to group work (every 3 weeks)
25% Multiple weeks multiple weeks (W3, W6, W9, W12)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Presentation group assignment First project demo and presentation
Presentation & demo of first set of requirements
5% Week 06 in-tutorial (online)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment First project report (group)
document group work of first set of requirements.
10% Week 06 multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Presentation group assignment First client deployment
deploy & demo first product at client site.
5% Week 07 week 7
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Presentation group assignment Final product delivery to client
Complete product delivery & demo at the client site.
10% Week 12 week 12
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Presentation group assignment Final project demo and presentation
Presentation & demo of the final product
10% Week 12 in-tutorial (online)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Final project report (group)
35% Week 12 multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • First project demo and presentation: present the work done to understand the client’s requirements and complete the first set of requirements. This should be a major release, with some working and useful outcomes for the client and some parts presented in proposed form such as storyboards. 
  • First project report (group): reports the work done to understand the client’s requirements and complete the first set of requirements. It should also report on the group work and processes followed, systems and software tools used, and client interaction.
  • Individual contribution reports (4 individual reports)*: focuses on the individual contributions to the group project work completed by each student.All students will be required to give some feedback about the other team members of their group, in order to validate the individual reports as well.
  • First client deployment: first set of test and implemented requirements must be deployed at client site. Students need to demonstrate that that the group has had a professional approach to the project deployment and worked to ensure that the client will be satisfied. The client will be consulted to ratify the deployment.
  • Final delivery to client: final product and relevant documentation delivered to the client. This includes all the sources, necessary technical documentation and any product or documentation that the client required at the start of the project. 
  • Final project demo and presentation: must provide a convincing demonstration that the group has performed a substantial amount of work that meets client needs and have had a professional approach to achieving that. 
  • Final project report (group): this report discusses important aspects including technical details of the final delivered product, how it met client’s needs, approach followed to interact with the client, group’s discipline knowledge and skills used to tackle problems, the quality of the processes followed and the effectiveness of group management processes.

* The marks obtained from this assessemnt will be used to scale the total marks obtained from the group assessments as follows: final mark = total individual contribution marks + (total marks obtained from group assessments * percentage of individual contribution marks)

Detailed information for each assessment will be communicated on Canvas through the tutorials and Ed discussion forum.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

***In order to pass this unit, you must obtain at least 50% on indivudal assessment, and at least 50% overall!

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

In accordance with University policies

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -01 Unit overview, team formation, presentation/proposals of projects offered, collection of teams preferences; (3 hr) LO3 LO6
Week 02 1. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group; 2. Group work and big 5 theory for efficient team work; 3. Group contract, XP, group management tools & first meeting with client (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 1. XP and test-first; 2. set of requirements (user stories) defined, XP roles, demo of group's online progress; 3. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group. 4. progress with new/existing requirements (user stories) implementation and testing. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 1. Workload management and awareness of teamwork; 2. Working towards first demo and report; 3. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group 4. prototype implementation and testing (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 1. Continue working towards first prototype, demo and report; 2. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group 3. prototype implementation and testing 4. more/refine requirements (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 1. First presentation & demo and reports by all groups. 2. preparation for first client deployment & demos. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 1. continue working on new user stories/requirements 2. Preparation for first client demo. at client site 3. implementation of other requirements 4.Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 1. progress with requirements (user stories); implements & test requirements 2. Code refactoring, more tests (user acceptance tests); 3. implementation of requirements (user stories); 4. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss feedback on first reports, development progress & first client deployment follow ups. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 09 1. code refactoring and progress with requirements (user stories) 2. implementation & testing of requirements (user stories) 3. 2. Advanced testing types; 4. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress, client's feedback and interactions (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 10 1. code refactoring and progress with requirements (user stories); implementation & testing of requirements (user stories) 2. Advanced testing types 3. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress 4. initial planning for final client deployment (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 1. code refactoring and progress with requirements (user stories); implementation & testing of requirements (user stories) 2.Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress 3. planning for final product delivery & demo. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 12 1. final group demo and presentation in-tutorials 2.final product demo and delivery 3. complete project work and documentation 4. discuss final assessment with tutors (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 13 1. follow ups on final assessments 2. follow ups on client's final product demo and delivery 3. completion of project work and documentation where needed 4. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. produce written reports of student's work in a style that conforms to their discipline and is appropriate for clients to check
  • LO2. Give an oral presentation of student’s work and its rationale to the student’s discipline
  • LO3. Work in a small group of students, to deliver substantial results for clients
  • LO4. Follow a systematic process of work, with appropriate mechanisms for dealing with risks, such as unforeseen factors and delays
  • LO5. Use previously unfamiliar tools and to integrate with previously unfamiliar software/systems, learning their use from examples and documentation
  • LO6. Work with clients to discover their needs and to demonstrate that the delivered results meet those needs
  • LO7. Apply discipline expertise in software development to solve problems and meet the needs of clients.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
Improved assessments of individual contribution to the group work and knowledge and skills of specific discipline

Site visit guidelines

Week 9: deployment at client site

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