Course Title: Software Engineering Project Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Software Engineering Project Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ISYS1106

City Campus

Postgraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

ISYS1106

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

ISYS1108

City Campus

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

ISYS1108

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

ISYS2101

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet2 2016

ISYS2101

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2017

Course Coordinator: Shekhar Kalra

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9500

Course Coordinator Email: shekhar.kalra@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus, Building 14, Level 10, Room 10a

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisites for ISYS1108 (UG):

ISYS1118: Software Engineering Fundamentals

Required Prior Study for ISYS1108 (UG):

COSC1073 Programming 1

OR

COSC1284 Programming Techniques (or equivalent)

 

Enforced Prerequisites for ISYS1106 (PG):

ISYS1117: Software Engineering Fundamentals

Required Prior Study for ISYS1106 (PG):

COSC2531: Programming Fundamentals


Course Description

ISYS1108 (UG): This course serves to introduce the basic principles of Engineering Software Projects. Most, if not all, students complete projects as part of assignments in various courses undertaken. These projects range in size, subject and complexity but there are basic project essentials that need to be understood and practiced for successful team project outcomes.

It also is important for you to have an understanding of how industry works in relation to Projects and also in relation to IT Operations. This course aims to equip you with the essentials with which to enter the Industry.

ISYS1106 (PG):This course aims to provide you with the foundation knowledge of contemporary Information Technology areas, software, applications and job skills required to enter the IT market.

A major component of the course is the practical application of the knowledge gained from the theoretical content. The material covers a broad range of introductory Information Technology concepts.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes in BP094 Bachelor of Computer Science and BP162 Bachelor of Information Technology and other double degrees:

1. Enabling Knowledge       

You will gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in diverse contexts.

2. Critical Analysis

You will learn to accurately and objectively examine and consider computer science and information technology (IT) topics, evidence, or situations, in particular to:

  • Analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems
  • Evaluate and compare designs of software artefacts and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements.

 3Problem Solving

Your capability to analyse problems and synthesise suitable solutions will be extended as you learn to:

  • Design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.

 4. Communication

You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to:

  • Present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of software applications, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.

  5. Team Work

You will learn to work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to:

  • Work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from teams, whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances, and differing levels of technical expertise.

  6. Responsibility

You will be required to accept responsibility for your own learning and make informed decisions about judging and adopting appropriate behaviour in professional and social situations. This includes accepting the responsibility for independent life-long learning. Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Effectively apply relevant standards, ethical considerations, and an understanding of legal and privacy issues to designing software applications and IT systems. 

This course also contributes to the following program learning outcomes in MC208 Masters of Information Technology:

Enabling Knowledge

You will gain skills as you apply knowledge with creativity and initiative to new situations. In doing so, you will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge that includes recent developments in computer science and information technology;
  • Recognise and use research principles and methods applicable to computer science and information technology.

Critical Analysis

You will learn to accurately and objectively examine, and critically investigate computer science and information technology (IT) concepts, evidence, theories or situations, in particular to:

  • Analyse and model complex requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems;
  • Evaluate and compare designs of software artefacts and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements.

Problem Solving

Your capability to analyse complex problems and synthesise suitable solutions will be extended as you learn to:

  • Design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.

Communication

You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to:

  • Interpret abstract theoretical propositions, choose methodologies, justify conclusions and defend professional decisions to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.

Team Work

You will learn to work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to:

  • Work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from collaborative teams, whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances, and differing levels of technical expertise.

Responsibility

You will be required to accept responsibility for your own learning and make informed decisions about judging and adopting appropriate behaviour in professional and social situations. This includes accepting the responsibility for independent life-long learning and a high level of accountability. Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Effectively apply relevant standards, ethical considerations, and an understanding of legal and privacy issues to designing software applications and IT systems.

Research and scholarship

You will have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship, specifically you will have cognitive skills: 

  • to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship;
  • to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1: illustrate a working knowledge of how to plan, execute and close projects to required standards
  • CLO 2: use a range of proprietary and non- proprietary project management tools to carry out and report on your team projects
  • CLO 3: use project management frameworks that ensure successful outcomes
  • CLO 4: analyse and discuss critical project management concepts, such as: Why Projects Fail; Project Governance and Methodologies; Software Development Life Cycles – From Waterfall to Agile; Software Engineering Fundamentals; Planning and Scheduling; Risk and Issues Management; Quality Assurance; Change Management; Release Management; Service Delivery and Support; The Team Dynamic; Collaboration and Communication skills; Organisations, People and Culture
  • CLO 5: apply critical analysis, problem solving, and team facilitation skills to software engineering project management processes using real-world scenarios.

Please note that postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate deeper knowledge and higher level of skill than undergraduate students.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Lectures: Key concepts will be explained in lectures in which course material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • In tutorials there will be opportunities to elaborate on key concepts and in teams you will analyse IT scenarios and identify suitable problem-solving techniques. These assignment-directed tutorial sessions will prepare you to work on your team projects in an efficient manner. Project work provides opportunities to work effectively in teams, be creative in developing an IT product/service idea, present idea to peers for analysis, problem-solve issues on mechanics and legal issues, identity users and present your IT product/service idea in a marketing sales pitch.
  • Lab sessions alternate between preparation and assessment exercises to engage with, and consolidate meaning of, the course content.
  • Another important learning activity is private study, working on aspects of the project in a self-directed and autonomous manner within a team framework.

 

 

A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Each week there will be 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of tutorial and laboratory work. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own experiences and through presenting solutions to written exercises. The tutorial and laboratory sessions will introduce you to the tools necessary to undertake the assignment work.

Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See the RMIT Library Guide at http://rmit.libguides.com/compsci


Overview of Assessment

ISYS1108 (UG): This course will be assessed via group assignments, individual peer reviews and a written examination.

The group assignments involve team analysis of an industry scenario and develop written reports, project charter, project schedules and plans. These will be required to demonstrate evidence of problem-solving, analysis of requirements, and consideration of systems design and quality assurance. Peer reviews will involve written feedback on report(s) written by other teams.

ISYS1106 (PG): The assessment for this course comprises assignments, completion of laboratory tests, and a written exam at the end of the semester, requiring a mix of independent learning and teamwork.

The assignments involve progressive team reports on your project work, including various stages of analysis and problem-solving throughout the development of your IT product/serve idea.

 

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment – part 1

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment – part 2

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Lab Tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 and 5

Assessment 4: End-of-semester Examination

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Please note that postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate deeper knowledge and higher level of skill than undergraduate students.