Students will undertake a large project and work in groups on a software project for a client. The client may be internal to Monash or from the industry or research organisation. In general, projects involve all aspects of the system development lifecycle. Groups are responsible for their own project management, with guidance from a supervisor. Some projects will warrant students working in pairs or individually.
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
- design and implement a software system of a quality acceptable to an external client;
- select and use appropriate tools, techniques and strategies and managing project resources, including time and personnel;
- identify potential sources of risk, including ethical risk, and devise and adopt appropriate strategies to monitor and mitigate these risks;
- choose and follow a software development methodology that is appropriate to the team, project and client, and justify this methodology;
- elicit requirements from client representatives and ensure that these are communicated to team members and other stakeholders in an appropriate form;
- produce internal documentation of a sufficient quality to support project development activities (including specification, analysis, design, testing);
- communicate effectively with other project stakeholders, including clients, end users, and supervisors;
- verify systematically that internal and external project deliverables meet agreed quality standards;
- produce external documentation of a sufficient quality to meet the needs of clients, end users, and client-site technical staff.
In-semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:
- One 2-hour seminar
- One 2-hour laboratory
(b.) Additional requirements (all students):
- A minimum of 8 hours additional study per week including undertaking all stages of the software lifecycle for the project, preparation of project documentation, preparation for individual and group presentation, software walkthroughs and SWEBOK interviews. Students are also expected to attend fortnightly group meetings with project supervisor, hold regular meetings with client (may be off-campus) and attend regular meetings of the project group.
See also Unit timetable information