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FIT4037 Case study - Semester 1, 2009

Unit leader :

Sue Foster

Lecturer(s) :

Caulfield

  • Sue Foster
  • Dr Des Casey

Tutors(s) :

Caulfield

  • Jake Zhivov

Introduction

Welcome to FIT4037. This unit aims to introduce students to the skills, tools and techniques required in the development of a realistic business system solution as part of a team. These skills include project planning, quality planning, technical and user documentation, software development and teamwork.

Unit synopsis

FIT4037 Case study provides the opportunity for students to build on pre-requisite knowledge and skills in system analysis, software design and development, documentation, system and software testing and to develop a software based solution for a realistic business specification.

Students work in groups. The groups meet regularly with, and report to, a Tutor/Supervisor, who is the Project Manager for the group. Students work collaboratively on their project during their own team-organised time, and develop the detail of the project in their own time. Students are required to make a formal presentation of the project solution to their peer students and Supervisors.

Learning outcomes

FIT4037 aims to introduce students to the skills, tools and techniques required in the development of a realistic business system IT solution as part of a team. These skills include project planning, quality planning, technical and user documentation, software development and teamwork.

Workload

Workload commitments are:

  • one-hour seminar
  • three-hour studio
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
  • You will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks, for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Unit relationships

Prerequisites

Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed FIT9017, FIT9018, FIT9019 and FIT9030, or equivalent.

Students:

  • must be familiar with the system development life cycle, and in particular the Waterfall and Prototyping models. They must be competent in requirements determination and project planning.
  • should be able to develop application software in C++ and/or Java
  • must be able to design and develop a database and be familiar with data modelling, entity relationship modelling, database specification, physical implementation, security and recovery.
  • Knowledge of the Unified Modelling Language and Object-Oriented database development and construction could be advantageous.

Relationships

FIT4037 is a foundation unit in the Graduate Diploma in Computing, the Master of Applied Information Technology and the Master of Information Technology at Caulfield.

You may not study this unit and

FIT4037 CSE9020 FIT3015 FIT3048 FIT3119 GCO9800 GCO3500

or equivalent in your degree.

Continuous improvement

Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education’ (Monash Directions 2025 - http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html) 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. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. The University’s Unit Evaluation policy (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/unit-evaluation-policy.html) requires that every unit offered is 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.

Faculties have the option of administering the Unit Evaluation survey online through the my.monash portal or in class. Lecturers will inform students of the method being used for this unit towards the end of the semester.

Student Evaluations

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/cheq/evaluations/unit-evaluations/

Unit staff - contact details

Unit leader

Ms Susan Foster
Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 32404

Lecturer(s) :

Ms Susan Foster
Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 32404
Dr Des Casey
Course Director BITS
Room 73, Building H7, Caulfield
Phone +61 3 990 31081
Fax +61 3 990 31077

Tutor(s) :

Jake Zhivov

Additional communication information

Dr Des Casey

Room H7.73 H Block Caulfield Campus

Caulfield School of IT

Tel: 9903 1081

des.casey@infotech.monash.edu.au

Teaching and learning method

In this unit we provide a simulation of a real world systems development experience. Groups of students work as a team with support from tutors and academic staff to develop a system for an industry case. The seminars are developed to address specific issues during system development. The studio sessions are there for students to work on their project and to receive help from tutors and academic 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.

Unit Schedule

Week Topic Key dates
1 Introduction, forming teams 2nd March 2009
2 Project management for IT projects 9th march 2009
3 Risk management 16th March 2009
4 Functional requirements 23rd March 2009
5 Testing 30th March 2009
6 TBA 6th April 2009
Mid semester break
7 TBA 20th April 2009
8 Team presentations functional requirements 27th April 2009
9 Team presentations of functional requirements 4th May 2009
10 Final documentation 11th May 2009
11 TBA 18th May 2009
12 Prototype demonstrations 25th May 2009
13 Prototype Demonstrations 1st June 2009

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

There is no prescribed text, however a reading list is provided below.

N/A

Recommended text(s) and readings

Yardley, D. (2002) ‘Successful IT Project Delivery’, Addison-Wesley, UK. ISBN 0-201-75606-4

Schwalbe, K. (2004) ‘Information Technology Project Management’, Thomson Course Technology – 3rd (or 4th) Edition ISBN 0-619-15984-7

Curry, J. & Stanford, P. (2005) ‘Practical System Development: A Project-based Approach’, Pearson SprintPrint, Australia ISBN 0-7339-7336-1

Required software and/or hardware

To access weekly lecture/ class materials, you will need an Adobe Acrobat reader, and access to Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) for document preparation.

Equipment and consumables required or provided

Students 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 6 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

  • lecture notes/ppt slides and
  • weekly tutorial requirements available on the unit web page.
See http://my.monash.edu.au and select Blackboard.

CASE STUDY:  You will be supplied with a case study which will be made available in week 1 tutorial.  This case study forms the basis of this course and will require you to work in groups to develop the system. 

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 http://www.lib.monash.edu.au.

The Educational Library and Media Resources (LMR) is also a very resourceful place to visit at http://www.education.monash.edu.au/library/

Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)

All unit and lecture materials are available through MUSO (Monash University Studies Online). Blackboard is the primary application used to deliver your unit resources. Some units will be piloted in Moodle. If your unit is piloted in Moodle, you will see a link from your Blackboard unit to Moodle (http://moodle.monash.edu.au) and can bookmark this link to access directly. In Moodle, from the Faculty of Information Technology category, click on the link for your unit.

You can access MUSO and Blackboard via the portal: http://my.monash.edu.au

Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then Blackboard under the MUSO learning systems.

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

For example:

  • Blackboard supported browser
  • Supported Java runtime environment

For more information, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/students/downloadables-student.html

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

For further contact information including operational hours, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/students/contact.html

Further information can be obtained from the MUSO support site: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/index.html

Assessment

Unit assessment policy

obtain all of the following:

  • at least 50% of the total marks for the unit
  • at least 40% of the marks available for the every deliverable component including the presentation

Assignment tasks

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Business Case & Requirements

    Description :

    Weighting : 10%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Functional Requirements & Design Document

    Description :

    Weighting : 15%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Testing Document

    Description :

    Weighting : 15%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Technical & User Manuals

    Description :

    Weighting : 15%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Presentation

    Description :

    Weighting : 10%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Working Prototype

    Description :

    Weighting : 30%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Team Project Management Document

    Description :

    Weighting : 5%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date :

Assignment submission

All Deliverables should be submitted to your Supervisor on the due date. The format of documents will be outlined in lectures.

Assignment coversheets

Assignment coversheets can be found : via the "Student assignment coversheets" ( http://infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/assignments/ ) page on 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 extensions must be made to your tutor 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.

Late assignment

Late assignments submitted without an approved extension may be accepted up to one week late at the discretion of the lecturer, but will be penalised at the rate of 10% of total assignment marks per day including weekends. Assignments received later than one week after the due date 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 http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/assessment/

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 the University Plagiarism policy and procedure (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) which applies to students detected plagiarising.

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. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/exams/special-consideration.html. Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.