Software Engineering Project Management

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Software Engineering Project Management

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Computer Info Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Sciences, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    12
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    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.

     3. 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.

     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, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

    Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment – part 2

    Weighting 15%

    This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

    Assessment Task 3: Lab Tests

    Weighting 10%

    This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

    Assessment 4: Mid-semester Test

    Weighting 10% 

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

    Assessment 5: End-of-semester Examination

    Weighting 50% 

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