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FIT1016 Advanced project level 1 - Semester 2, 2014

This unit introduces students to a variety of topics outside the curriculum, and provides an opportunity to write programs (or, rarely, to build hardware) in an area of interest to the student and the School. The subject operates in an informal manner, and the programming tasks are designed to be interesting and challenging to advanced students. Students will typically meet with their supervisor on a weekly basis and in addition to demonstrating the results of their project, they will also give an oral presentation.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 2-6 hours per week comprising:

  • regular meetings with the supervisor
  • depending on the project and the existing knowledge and programming experience of the student 2-6 hrs personal study a week (gaining the required background knowledge, developing and implementing a solution, then writing up the project)

Additional 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

Prerequisites

FIT1002 OR FIT1040

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Clayton

Julian Garcia

Consultation hours: TBA

Tutors

Clayton

Julian Garcia

Consultation hours: TBA

Other academics will be supervising projects

Your feedback to Us

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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 G12A, Blg 26, Wednesday 30 July 2014, 12 noon Project preference emailed to Julian.Garcia@monash.edu by 5pm Friday
2 Project allocations made by Tuesday this week First meeting with supervisor should be held this week
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7 Progress Meeting (date TBA): students to give a brief update to Unit coordinator and other students on their project and progress to date  
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12   Final presentation (date TBA). Final demonstration due by end of semester. 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/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

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

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 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

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Final presentation
    Description:
    Oral presentation on project.
    Weighting:
    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
    Title:
    Final demonstration
    Description:
    Demonstrate project to supervisor.
    Weighting:
    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
    Title:
    Final report
    Description:
    Written report on what has been done for the project.
    Weighting:
    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
    Remarks:
    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 (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Other: Feedback from project supervisor during 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/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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

Policies

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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

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Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

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