COMP393 Software Project Management

Updated: 18 February 2015
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites permission of head of school
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMP593
Notes

200- and 300-level COMP units (excluding COMP286, COMP292, COMP303, COMP313 and COMP393) require a knowledge of, and programming experience with, the C++ or Java language.

Combined Units COMP593 - Software Project Management
Coordinator(s) William Billingsley (wbilling@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Software projects are often not completed in time and within budget. This unit studies the characteristics of software systems that make project management challenging, and teaches the principles of software project management, in particular, requirements elicitation, software effort estimation, professional ethics, quality control, planning and scheduling in software life cycle processes, team effort and risk management. COMP593 is based on the undergraduate unit COMP393 with additional load consisting of extra questions on assignments and examinations and candidates for COMP593 will be expected to show a greater level of understanding of the unit material than that required for COMP393. Students who complete COMP393 are not permitted to enrol for COMP593.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Software Project Management

ISBN: 9780077122799
Hughes, B. and Cotterell, M., McGraw-Hill 5th ed. 2009

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

ISBN: 9780470876411
Osterwalder, A., Wiley 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Lean Software Development : An Agile Toolkit

ISBN: 9780321150783
Poppendieck, M. and Poppendieck, T., Addison-Wesley 2003

Note: Signiicant book in the development of modern software project management.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

The Elements of Scrum

ISBN: 9780982866917
Sims, C. and Johnson, H.L., Dymaxicon 2011

Note: Kindle edition available

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

The Lean Startup

ISBN: 9780307887894
Ries, E., Crown Business 2011

Note: Kindle edition available

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Ethical Decision Making and IT: An Introduction with Cases

ISBN: 9780070340909
Kallman, E., Linderman, J. and Grillo, J.P., McGraw-Hill 2nd ed. 1996

Note: Available from the Dixson Library, UNE

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 20% approx. 3500
Assessment Notes

Project Report. Note: An overall mark of 50% in all assessment tasks is required to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8

Assignment 2 20%
Assessment Notes

Group Project Report of approximately 3500 words and an individual contribution report of approximately 300 words. Note: An overall mark of 50% in all assessment tasks is required to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8

Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this unit. Note: An overall mark of 50% in all assessment tasks is required to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of challenges and issues in software project management;
  2. demonstrate a sound knowledge of software effort estimation, project planning, life cycle processes, professional ethics, risk management, systems acquisition and change management;
  3. apply the techniques in software projects; and
  4. demonstrate a sound knowledge of IT governance, services management, security and privacy issues and other societal issues.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
1
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts relevant to their field of study and a firm grasp of the principles, practices and boundaries of their discipline.

True True True
2
Communication Skills

Students demonstrate communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas, including, where applicable, the possession of these skills in languages other than English.

True True True
3
Global Perspectives

Students possess a global perspective (both national and international) on the developments over time relevant to their field of study and their discipline; and, a capacity to understand the implications of international events for their area of study.

True
4
Information Literacy

Students demonstrate the capacity to critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information; and, use information in critical and creative thinking.

True True True
5
Life-Long Learning

Students demonstrate cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence; and, responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice.

True
6
Problem Solving

Students demonstrate cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.

True True True
7
Social Responsibility

Students demonstrate understanding and practice of the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with their discipline or profession. Including an appreciation of own ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community and the environment.

True True True
8
Team Work

Students demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others within broad parameters.

True True True