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Monash University

FIT2044 Advanced project level 2 - Semester 2, 2013

The unit begins with a series of informal lectures on topics or skills outside the students current curriculum. Informal lectures do being in the first Semester, however, enrolment in this unit does not take place until second semester. This informal lecture series will introduce students to interesting material, get them started on skills they may find useful for the projects to be run in the second Semester, and help determine (both for the student and the unit coordinator) whether the student would benefit from enrolling in the unit FIT1016/FIT2044.

At the start of the second semester, students are allocated to project supervisors to work on an advanced project. This will usually be a programming task, but on occasion, may involve hardware. Students may work individually or in groups, as determined by the supervisor of a particular topic. The topics are chosen to cover a range of areas of Computer Science. They will give the students opportunity to further investigate the areas or develop the skills to which they were introduced in the lecture series. After the end of the second semester, the projects are demonstrated to anyone in the School who is interested, and the work is assessed by a panel consisting of the Unit coordinator, the Assistant Lecturer and the students Supervisor to determine whether the grade Pass is to be awarded or not.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

Workload requirements

Students must attend a preliminary session to hear about the projects being offered, and attend a final presentation session. During semester, they may have weekly meetings with the supervisor, but the nature and duration of these meetings will be determined by the supervisor and student together.

The amount of work required will vary depending on the project and the existing knowledge and programming experience of the student, however 2-6 hrs personal study a week (gaining the required background knowledge, developing and implementing a solution, then writing up the project) would be a reasonable expectation.

Unit Relationships




FIT1040 or FIT1002

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Ann Nicholson

Consultation hours: TBA



Ann Nicholson

Other academics will be supervising projects

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • understand concepts from several areas of Computer Science not covered in their normal curriculum;
  • know where to find further information on a range of topics on computer programming and computer science;
  • understand, from their own experience, some of the difficulties that can arise in larger programming tasks;
  • be able to learn new programming languages and tools on their own, without formal instruction;
  • be aware of the diverse range of tools that can be used to solve computing problems;
  • be aware of the breadth of the Computer Science discipline;
  • have an appreciation of the nature of Computer Science;
  • have skills in using a programming language or technology not covered in their normal curriculum;
  • have experience demonstrating a computer program;
  • have experience giving an oral presentation of a computing project.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Information Session Room 12A, Blg 26, Wednesday, 12 noon Project preference email due to Ann.Nicholson@monash.edu by 5pm Friday
2 Project allocations made by Tuesday this week First meeting with supervisor should be held this week
7 Progress Meeting (date TBA): students to give a brief update to Unit coordinator and other students on their project and progress to date  
12   Final presentations (date TBA); Final report due Friday week 12, but a later date may be negotiated between student and supervisor
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Assessment is based entirely on a demonstration of the students project work, which will include oral discussion of the concepts and skills learned. The unit is Pass Grade Only.

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Final presentation Last week of semester (TBA)
Final demonstration By the end of semester
Final report End of semester

Teaching Approach

Peer assisted learning
This learning approach provides an opportunity of advanced exploration in programming that is in an area of interest to the student and the School.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Final presentation
    Oral presentation on project
    Criteria for assessment:
    Students will be assessed on the quality of the presentation, in particular they should make it clear what the aim of the project was, the approach they took to the project and what they have achieved.
    Due date:
    Last week of semester (TBA)
  • Assessment task 2
    Final demonstration
    Demonstrate project to supervisor
    Criteria for assessment:
    Something has been produced that is a solution to at least some part of the problem addressed.
    Due date:
    By the end of semester
  • Assessment task 3
    Final report
    Written report on what has been done for project.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Clarity of written expression
    • Description of project and its aims
    • Description of approach taken
    • Description of what has been achieved in the project
    Due date:
    End of semester
    Supervisors will provide guidance on what the structure and contents of the final report should be, as this will be very project specific.

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Other: Feedback from project supervisor duirng meetings, and from peers and other supervisors during the final presentations

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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