Course Title: Building IT Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building IT Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


RMIT University Vietnam


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Viet1 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet3 2016


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet2 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet3 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Balbin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2803

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.9.38

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, through email link

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced requisite: You are required to have completed COSC1519 Introduction to Programming

Course Description

IT today is everywhere and is involved in many aspects of life, including mobile devices, electronic voting and robotic fish. Many advances have come from people passionately following an inspiration, and developing it into a concrete outcome. This course is an opportunity for you to pursue an idea in IT and to work with a team of like-minded people to develop it. You will be provided with assistance to choose an appropriate topic, find a project team, generate a project plan, and to implement your project. This course is designed to engage and inspire you with the wide world of IT, with a particular emphasis on finding appropriate tools, methodologies and techniques to meet your own personal challenge.

This course will give you substantial hands-on, practical learning experiences and aims to motivate you through engagement in the creative, explorative and meaningful development of technological artefacts that operate in real world contexts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for BP162 Bachelor of Information Technology and BP232 Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies):

  • Enabling Knowledge

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

  • 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.

  • Problem 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. locate and assess tools and resources for IT systems, apply knowledge to a wide variety of experiences in programming or scripting, networks and databases to design and develop IT systems
  2. identify, decompose and solve problems related to creation of IT system prototypes
  3. effectively communicate project outcomes in a written report
  4. work independently and collaboratively to develop small IT systems
  5. evaluate and provide feedback on the work of your peers

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities are centred around a team-based IT project of your choice. The idea is to find an engaging topic in IT, and explore, develop, and evaluate it in depth. Lectures, classes, webinars, and or online collaboration will be used to present, explain and discuss aspects of the project, including ideas, problem-solving development methods, team processes, report writing and report presentation.

Workshops and/or tutorials and/or group discussions will provide problem-solving advice, an opportunity for presentations, and feedback on progress. Assignments and other assessment processes will be centred on the project. Another important learning activity is private study, working on aspects of the project in a self-directed and autonomous manner within a team framework.

Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lecture, webinars, online sessions and tutorials. Each week there will be 2 hours of tutorials and up to 2 hours of contact with the lecturer. You are encouraged to participate during tutorials by discussing your ideas with your group, giving feedback on the work of other groups and working interactively on your project. The lecturer will provide ideas for projects and an overview of the process you should undertake. You are encouraged to participate in by asking questions, and commenting on the progress and issues based on your own experiences.

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

Overview of Learning Resources

You may make use of computer laboratories and relevant software provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:


Assessment Task 1: Written reports and presentation   Weighting: 60%.   This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4.       Assessment Task 2: Learning Journals   Weighting 15%   This assessment tasks supports CLO 6.       Assessment Task 3: Group participation   Weighting 20%   This assessment tasks supports CLOs 5 and 6.       Assessment Task 4: Microcredentials   Weighting 5%   This assessment tasks supports CLOs 2, 4 and 5