CSE3301 Project , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner David Dowe
Clayton : Maria Garcia de la Banda/Carlo Kopp/Sid Ray
Outline A non-trivial project covering the whole process of software (or hardware) development, from analysis through design to implementation and testing. The list of projects to be offered by individual lecturers will be available at the beginning of semester, and students will be assigned to projects in the first week of semester. Students will be expected to attend regular meetings with their project supervisor.
Prerequisites CSE2304 or CSC2040, CSE2305 or CSC2050.

Unit relationships CSE3301 is a [core/elective] unit in the [enter the name(s) of the major(s)] of the [enter the names of the degrees]. It is a [prerequisite/corequisite] for There are no prerequisites for this unit.. You may not study this unit and [enter the unit codes of the prohibited units] in your degree.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

The required text will depend on the project selected by each student

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements:

Software requirements will depend on the project selected by each student.

Hardware requirements:

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Recomended reading will depend on the project selected by each student.

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for CSE3301 are:

Study resources will depend on the project selected by each student

Structure and organisation



Study Guide


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assesement in this subjects will be based on, attendance to meetings, achievement of the project aims, report and presentation, testing, workbook, and demo.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

The rules for passing the unit will depend on the project selected by each student.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

* attendance to meetings 10 = min(12x1,10) marks

* achievement 50

* report and presentation 20

* testing 10

* workbook 05

* demo 05

Total 100

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment specifications will be made available . Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

Assignment submission methods will depend on the project selected by each student.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

The submission time for all reports is 12:00 Noon on the due date after which time the assignment box will be cleared. Late assignments must be handed directly to staff in the Enquiries Office.

Marks will be deducted for late submissions as follows:

  • First week -2 marks per day late (including Saturday and Sunday).
  • Second week onwards - 3 marks per day late (including Saturday and Sunday).
  • Marks are to be deducted after marking the project out of 100. (E.g. If a student submits 9 days late and gets 87 prior to penalty deduction then his/her corrected mark will be 87 - 7x2 - 2x3 = 67)

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Extensions are allowed only in exceptional circumstances (for example, for medical reasons with a supplied doctor's certificate). Under normal circumstances deduction of penalty marks will apply.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


Communication proceeds usually through meetings, which are usually held weekly at a time and place convenient to the individual supervisors and each project group. Times & locations will be listed on the third-year notice-board and the online project list (see link above) as soon as they are announced. The first meeting for each group will usually occur in the first week of semester so please check these lists until you have found the time for your first meeting.


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

Consultation times will depend on the project selected by each student.

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Associate Professor Maria Garcia De La Banda
Associate Professor
Phone +61 3 990 55777
Fax +61 3 990 55157

Dr Carlo Kopp
Phone +61 3 990 55229
Fax +61 3 990 55157

Dr Siddheswar Ray
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 55185
Fax +61 3 990 55157

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: May 4, 2006