IMS3502 Studio 6: professional practice 2 - Semester 2 , 2007

Unit leader :

Helana Scheepers

Lecturer(s) :


  • Henry Linger
  • Peter O'Donnell

Tutors(s) :


  • Jacob Zhivov
  • David Grant


Welcome to IMS3502 Industrial experience project. This 6 point unit follows on from IMS3501. During this unit you will finalise the project that you have started in semester 1.

Unit synopsis

Studio 6 is the culminating experience of the student in dealing with a "real world" client. This is the environment in which students develop much of their theoretical work into an experiential event, when they bring together elements of much of their other studies in the later stages of the SDLC. In addition, students will deepen their knowledge of fundamental studio elements such as project management, professional and technical communication and social implications.

Topics include:

  • Database access through the Web
  • Group dynamics
  • Conflict resolution
  • User documentation
  • Technical documentation
  • Formal handover presentation
  • Rescoping and negotiating changes with the client
  • Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and Understanding

    Students will have knowledge of:

    C1. Re-scoping a system

    C2. Conflict resolution

    C3. Delivery and handover of a system

    C4. Database access from a Web environment

    C5. The later elements of the SDLC as an approach for project management

    Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

    A1. Students will exhibit professional documentation of their work both as individuals and as a group.

    A2. Students will appreciate the value of group work, and its fundamental contribution to the systems process.

    Practical Skills

    Students will exhibit skills in:

    P1. Presentation

    P2. Project management

    P3. Communicating with clients

    P4. Group integration

    P5. Students will acquire further skills in the use of applications that may be required by the client.

    Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

    S1. Group work is not the only type of study undertaken in the studio environment, but as students progress from first to third year group work takes on an increasing significance. In Studio 6, students will have an increasing reliance on the integrated behaviour of the group, and much of the student's performance will depend on outcomes of group work.


    Your workload commitment to this unit are:

    • three hour tutorial
    • 1 hour seminar
    • half hour personal reflection which include: writing a blog about the weeks activities, keeping records of time spent on this unit and generally reflecting on what you have learned.
    • approcimately 7 1/2 hours of additional work which may include the following: developing code, doing research about different aspects of systems development, development  of documentation

    Unit relationships


    Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed



    IMS3502 is a core unit in the BIS degree.

    Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed IMS3501.

    You may not study this unit and You may not study this unit and CSE3301, GCO2819, GCO3819, CSE3200, FIT3015, FIT3039, FIT3040, FIT3038, FIT3025, FIT3026, FIT3016, FIT3017 (Translation for CSE3200), FIT3114, FIT3115, FIT3116, FIT 3048, FIT3117, IMS3000, IMS3501 in your degree.

    Continuous improvement

    Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education' and strives for the highest possible quality in teaching and learning. To monitor how successful we are in providing quality teaching and learning Monash regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. Two of the formal ways that you are invited to provide feedback are through Unit Evaluations and through Monquest Teaching Evaluations.

    One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. It is Monash policy for every unit offered to be evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys as they are an important avenue for students to "have their say". The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    Student Evaluations

    The Faculty of IT administers the Unit Evaluation surveys online through the portal, although for some smaller classes there may be alternative evaluations conducted in class.

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

    Over the past few years the Faculty of Information Technology has made a number of improvements to its courses as a result of unit evaluation feedback. Some of these include systematic analysis and planning of unit improvements, and consistent assignment return guidelines.

    Monquest Teaching Evaluation surveys may be used by some of your academic staff this semester. They are administered by the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) and may be completed in class with a facilitator or on-line through the portal. The data provided to lecturers is completely anonymous. Monquest surveys provide academic staff with evidence of the effectiveness of their teaching and identify areas for improvement. Individual Monquest reports are confidential, however, you can see the summary results of Monquest evaluations for 2006 at

    Unit staff - contact details

    Unit leader

    Dr Helana Scheepers
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone +61 3 990 31066
    Fax +61 3 990 44124

    Lecturer(s) :

    Dr Henry Linger
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone +61 3 990 32260
    Mr Peter O'Donnell
    Phone +61 3 990 32502

    Tutor(s) :

    Mr David Grant
    Sessional Academic Staff Member
    Phone +61 3 990 34326
    Mr Jacob Zhivov

    Teaching and learning method

    In this unit we try to simulate a real systems development experience.Groups of students work as a team with support from tutors and academicstaff to develop a system for a real client. The seminars are developedto address specific issues during system development and we alsoinclude speakers from industry. The studio sessions are there forstudents to work on their project and to receive help from tutors andacademic staff.

    Communication, participation and feedback

    Monash aims to provide a learning environment in which students receive a range of ongoing feedback throughout their studies. You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This may take the form of group feedback, individual feedback, peer feedback, self-comparison, verbal and written feedback, discussions (on line and in class) as well as more formal feedback related to assignment marks and grades. You are encouraged to draw on a variety of feedback to enhance your learning.

    It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem that is affecting your study. Semesters are 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.

    One of the important feedback avenues for students in this course is the Blogs. Students are required to write a blog on a weekly basis that reflect on the progress, learning and experience they have had during the week in terms of the project, group work or any aspect that they deem appropriate. The bolg is read on a weekly basis by the tutors to monitor progress of students.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Topic References/Readings Key dates
    1 Testing testing 1 2 3 Jake Zhivov  
    2 Industry speaker TBA Test Plan and UPDATED Project Interpretation, Standards and Governance due
    3 Industry speaker TBA  
    4 Industry speaker TBA  
    5 Usability and organisational fit TBA  
    6 User documentation TBA  
    7 Industry speaker TBA  
    8 Industry speaker TBA  
    9 Closing up the project TBA  
    10 Careers TBA UPDATED Functional Requirements Specification and Design Specification due
    Mid semester break
    11 Industry speaker TBA  
    12 Industry speaker TBA Project Documentation (Test docs, user docs) due
    13 Finally the end TBA Presentation of final system and Working System due; Group Project debrief during week 13/14

    Unit Resources

    Prescribed text(s) and readings

    There are no set texts, however students are expected to have developedtheir own collection of texts, urls and other reference materialsduring the course of their studies. Resources related to the seminarseries will be distributed during the seminar or listed on the unit website.

    Recommended text(s) and readings

    There are no recommended texts, however students are expected to havedeveloped their own collection of texts, urls and other referencematerials during the course of their studies.

    Required software and/or hardware

    The studio environment provides a large array of software and hardwarefor students to use within the studios, and some items are availablefor overnight loan. Please see the unit web site for up-to-datelisting. Anything additional is to be negotiated between the studentteam and their clients. FIT will not normally provide additionalhardware or software.

    Equipment and consumables required or provided

    Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook.

    TheStudio environment is well equipped with computers and peripherals.Studio computer peripherals (cameras, scanners, laptops, zip drivesetc.) are available for student use. This equipment is accessible viathe FIT loan system - ask the Caulfield FIT technical staff for moreinformation, or log a request via their web site:

    Study resources

    Study resources we will provide for your study are:

    Study resources provided for your study: 

    • Resource Guide
    • Documentation Guide
    • MUSO Website (this web site contains information for FIT3015, FIT3047 and FIT3048)

    Library access

    The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

    Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)

    All unit and lecture materials are available through the MUSO (Monash University Studies Online) site. You can access this site by going to:

    1. a) or
    2. b) via the portal (

    Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then the MUSO hyperlink.

    In order for your MUSO unit(s) to function correctly, your computer needs to be correctly configured.

    For example :

    • MUSO supported browser
    • Supported Java runtime environment

    For more information, please visit

    You can contact the MUSO Support by: Phone: (+61 3) 9903 1268

    For further contact information including operational hours, please visit

    Further information can be obtained from the MUSO support site:


    Unit assessment policy

    The unit contain a number of deliverables as outlined below. To pass the unit you must gain at least 50% of the total marks for the unit.Your mark will be assessed and then adjusted according to the weeklyreflections and peer assessment.

    Assignment tasks

    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Test plan
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Week 2
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Week 2
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      UPDATED Functional Requirements Specification and Design Specification
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Week 10
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Project Documentation (Test docs, user docs)
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Week 12
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Presentation of final system
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Week 13
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Working system
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Week 13
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Weekly reflections (blog)
      Description :
      A reflection on a weekly basis of what you have learned and experienced during the week. You are required to do 10 per semester + 1 at end of semester. These blogs will be used to evaluate your personal contribution to the project and might affect your mark up to 20%.
      Weighting :
      Personal contribution evaluation can affect your mark up or down with 20%
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      Weekly and 1 at the end of the semester
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Peer Assessment
      Description :
      A reflection on a weekly basis of what you have learned and experienced during the week. You are required to do 10 per semester + 1 at end of semester. These blogs will be used to evaluate your personal contribution to the project and might affect your mark up to 20%.
      Weighting :
      Personal contribution evaluation can affect your mark up or down with 20%
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
      At the end of each deliverable


    Assignment submission

    Assignments (on paper) will be submitted to the Studio Tutor, with theappropriate cover sheet correctly filled out, signed and attached.

    Assignment coversheets

    The assignment coversheet is available from the faculty website.

    University and Faculty policy on assessment

    Due dates and extensions

    The due dates for the submission of assignments are given in the previous section. Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. 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. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

    Requests for extentions must be made to the tutor 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.

    Late assignment

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of10% per day, assignments received later than one week after the duedate will not normally be accepted.

    Return dates

    Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.

    Assessment for the unit as a whole is in accordance with the provisions of the Monash University Education Policy at:

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

    Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

    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.

    Register of counselling about plagiarism

    The university requires faculties to keep a simple and confidential register to record counselling to students about plagiarism (e.g. warnings). The register is accessible to Associate Deans Teaching (or nominees) and, where requested, students concerned have access to their own details in the register. The register is to serve as a record of counselling about the nature of plagiarism, not as a record of allegations; and no provision of appeals in relation to the register is necessary or applicable.

    Non-discriminatory language

    The Faculty of Information Technology is committed to the use of non-discriminatory language in all forms of communication. Discriminatory language is that which refers in abusive terms to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or nationality, ethnic or language background, physical or mental ability, or political or religious views, or which stereotypes groups in an adverse manner. This is not meant to preclude or inhibit legitimate academic debate on any issue; however, the language used in such debate should be non-discriminatory and sensitive to these matters. It is important to avoid the use of discriminatory language in your communications and written work. The most common form of discriminatory language in academic work tends to be in the area of gender inclusiveness. You are, therefore, requested to check for this and to ensure your work and communications are non-discriminatory in all respects.

    Students with disabilities

    Students with disabilities that may disadvantage them in assessment should seek advice from one of the following before completing assessment tasks and examinations:

    Deferred assessment and special consideration

    Deferred assessment (not to be confused with an extension for submission of an assignment) may be granted in cases of extenuating personal circumstances such as serious personal illness or bereavement. Special consideration in the awarding of grades is also possible in some circumstances. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.