Teaching and Learning Strategies
in 2021, COMP2050 will have 2-hour lectures delivered on-line each teaching week. Workshops (starting from week 2) have offerings in various locations (generally on the ground or first floor of 4 Research Park Drive). There are also some workshops which are online-only and intended to be available for those who are overseas or not in a position to travel to campus during this COVID-19 impacted period. Workshops are scheduled in 2-hour blocks and cover a wide variety of activities, exercises, and case studies which will invovled some individual work and some group collaboration.
Each week, you should:
- Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions
- Complete the weekly questions and submit them via ilearn
- Attend your workshop, engage in the activities and discussions, and seek feedback from your tutor on your work
- Read assigned reading material, add to your notes and prepare questions for your lecturer or tutor
You are encouraged to start working on any assignments immediately after they have been released - as they require careful thought and insight which is better done over longer periods of time rather than at the last minute.
The feedback that you receive plays a crucial role in your learning. You have many opportunities to seek and receive feedback. During lectures, you are encouraged to ask the lecturer questions to clarify anything you might not be sure of. To ensure you don't miss feedback make sure that you 1) review your marked assignments, 2) read unit emails and information at the unit website and 3) attend lectures which are often used to point out what was expected in assessable work and to provide examples of good solutions and/or examples of common errors.
Aspects of COMP2050 will follow from Software Engineering: A practitioner's approach (Nineth Edition) by Roger S. Pressman and Bruce Maxim, McGraw Hill, 2020. We will also be posting related chapters for another text book - Software Engineering (Tenth Edition) by Ian Sommerville, Pearson, 2015 if you have a copy of this textbook. You may also consider using earlier editions, while not quite as up-to-date, are frequently cheaper (chapter numbers and contents may vary from edition to edition). Additional unit content will be presented in lectures and workshop classes. There may also be some other assigned readings, and there are many books that can be consulted for reference material.
Lectures and related weekly tutorial questions
Lectures are used to motivate engagement with and reinforcement of the unit's subject matter. While most lectures are planned to be recorded, some activities such as role plays and dramas conducted in the lecture will not be captured properly in the recording. Volunteers to participate in role plays may be requested in the lecture, please consider whether you can contribute in this way. Lectures will of course include a significant amount of learning material, but even more importantly they include contextual material and learning activities that "make meaning" of the subject matter.
Digital recordings of parts of lectures are expected to be available. Note that some of the planned lecture activities are interactive, and it is unlikely that you would be able to understand what was happening if you were not present for the original lecture. The lectures also include interactive discussions - and questions are encouraged. You need to keep yourself available to interact at the appointed lecture times which are on Thursdays at 11am Sydney time for two hours. More information will be provided in the first lecture.
Workshops (Starting in week 2)
Workshops are smaller group classes which give you the opportunity to interact with your peers and with a tutor who has sound knowledge of the subject. Workshops will require working in small groups and sometimes involve reporting back to the class. The classes will focus on reinforcing understanding of the concepts and their practical applications to problems. It is important that you participate in the activities and make some notes from them to assist you with revision of the material.
Note carefully that lecture material and workshop material have only some overlap, and each learning experience is designed to help you to learn different things. You need to pay careful attention to, and take notes from, both kinds of classes throughout the semester.
Assignments will play a key role in providing formative evaluation so that students and the teachers can gauge levels of understanding. Assignments will be related to the lecture material, workshop activities and weekly tutorial material and require students to bring together what they have been learning, and to think creatively and rigorously.
A written exam (held withing the university examination period) is designed to test your understanding of the course content and your application of the concepts to a number of scenarios or problem statements.