FIT3161 - Computer science project 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Not offered in 2017


This unit provides practical experience in researching, designing, developing and testing a substantial computer science project. Projects are generally software-based, although sometimes they may involve hardware development or investigation of theory. Projects cover the whole process of software (or hardware) development, from analysis through design to implementation and testing. Comprehensive written documentation on the project is required. Students are assigned in groups to a project supervisor. There are no lectures in this unit, although students will be expected meet weekly with their project supervisor, and attend 2-hour project management seminars during the first six weeks.

The unit is the first part of a 12-credit point project sequence; the second part and exit point for the project is FIT3162.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise and execute the factors essential for successful systems development projects, including teamwork and interpersonal communication;
  2. construct a project proposal;
  3. evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to a particular project;
  4. search, access, and analyse research literature as part of the process of developing solutions to problems;
  5. operate effectively as a member of a development team;
  6. communicate the deliverables of the project in written and oral form;
  7. develop a collaborative project report explaining methodology, outlining their contributions and the contributions of other team members, and documenting the developed project from appropriate perspectives, for instance that of a user, researcher or developer.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours over 12 weeks comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 1 hour project meeting
    • 2-hour project management seminars (for 6 weeks)
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • The remaining 120 hours is for personal study in order to complete the objectives and implementation of the project.

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