GCO3500 Project , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Shyh Wei Teng
Gippsland : Shyh Wei Teng

Each student will select a suitable project approved by the subject adviser, involving systems analysis and design, programming, and implementation of a solution to user problems. Students may work independently or in groups under a supervising staff member. Requirements include oral presentation of work and written reports of a feasibility study, systems analysis, design specifications, programming, implementation and evaluation. For students on campus, there will be weekly meetings with their academic supervisor, fellow project team members, system-user representatives or some combination of these. Formal presentations for reporting and assessment purposes will be required. For distance education students, attendance at weekend schools for presentations will be required unless satisfactory alternatives can be arranged between supervisor and system users.

Objectives Knowledge and Understanding

This subject aims to develop in students:


  • the capacity to apply in a practical setting the theoretical work covered in the course
  • the ability to develop a significant computing application, from the analysis and design stages, through coding and implementation to evaluation
  • the ability to define a problem, and gather data, facts, opinions and information needed to analyse and solve it
  • skills in outlining and evaluating alternative solutions to a system development problem
  • knowledge and skill to perform a feasibility study that includes estimates of costs, time requirements, a schedule for the development, and the benefits expected from the system
  • ability to identify hardware and software requirements for a system
  • skill in documenting a system design using industry standard documentation tools and procedures
  • knowledge, understanding and skill to implement a system, including testing and debugging
  • knowledge and skill in evaluating a system, identifying any weakness or possible enhancements


Relationships, Communication and TeamWork


  • the abilities and attitudes required to operate effectively as a member of a development team.
  • skills and knowledge to work with clients and communicate effectively with them


Prerequisites Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

all core units, or equivalent.

Unit relationships GCO3500 is an elective unit in the Master of Applied Information Technology degree. You may not study this unit and FIT3025, GCO2819, GCO9800, GCO3700, GCO3800, GCO3819, GCO3900, SYS3030, SYS3550, SYS3500 in your degree.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

There is no prescribed text for this unit.

However, all prescribed texts and reccommended readings from other units in your major can be used as references.

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.

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 12 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

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 GCO3500 are:

A printed Unit Book containing information on the structure of this unit. It also contains the unit information outlining the administrative information for the unit.

The GCO3500 Website is on http://www.gscit.monash.edu.au/units/2006/sem1/gco3500/, where lecture slides, sample structure of assignments/reports and sample materials will be posted.

Newsgroups/discussion groups that can be linked to from the Unit Homepage.

Structure and organisation



Study Guide


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


There is no exam for this unit.

You will be assessed based on the following components:

  • 4 assignments/reports (40%)
  • 2 presentations (5%)
  • End product (50%)

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

obtain at least 50% of the assessment marks.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Progress Report 1 10/3/2006 8 %
Presentation 1 10/3/2006 2 %
Progress Report 2 31/3/2006 12 %
Progress Report 3 12/5/2006 8 %
Progress Report 4 30/6/2006 12 %
End Product 30/6/2006 50 %
Final Presentation 30/6/2006 3 %

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

Assignment Submission Methods

The method to submit the assignments/reports is to be negotiated with the supervisor allocated to you.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% for every day after the due date.

Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

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. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to your supervisor at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

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.


Once a supervisor is allocated to you, he/she will be the main person to contact for any questions/issues related to the project.

For further advises, you can contact the unit advisor/coordinator using the newsgroups on the unit website.

If any personal issues (e.g. conflicts with supervisor), you can contact the unit advisor/coordinator.


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

To be finalised with your supervisor.

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:

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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: Feb 27, 2006