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COMP4092 – Software Engineering Research Thesis A

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Kate Stefanov
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(COMP332 or COMP3000) and (COMP333 or COMP3010) and (COMP335 or COMP3100)
Corequisites Corequisites
(COMP430 or COMP4050) or (COMP434 or COMP4060)
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit students will conduct the first half of an individual research thesis project on a topic in the Software Engineering major under the direction of an academic supervisor. The focus of the work will be on developing the project proposal, conducting the literature review and project planning and design.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse a complex software engineering problem and propose solutions involving the development of new knowledge or the application of cutting edge techniques.
  • ULO2: Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of contextual factors, research direction, and foundational concepts in software engineering.
  • ULO4: Apply core software engineering principles and practices to a research or industry challenge.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate intellectual independence, and an in-depth understanding of a specialist topic within software engineering through verbal and written communication.

General Assessment Information

Meetings with supervisors and clients (0%)

Task: Weekly or fortnightly meetings with your supervisor and clients.

This is a hurdle assessment task.  For more information on hurdle assessment tasks, follow the Assessment Policy link in the Policies and Procedures section below.

Regular meetings with clients are essential for quality software engineering.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • Demonstrate intellectual independence, and an in-depth understanding of a specialist topic within software engineering through verbal and written communication.

Engineering Management and Engagement (10%)

Task: Record your progress daily in a field book.

Due: Throughout

An opportunity to demonstrate (and if necessary, learn) the principles of good engineering management, record keeping, and professional engagement. Students are required to maintain a field book for this unit, where dated records of day-to-day activities associated with the project are maintained.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • Apply core software engineering principles and practices to a research or industry challenge.

Preliminary Thesis Material (70%)

Task:  Produce Plan / Draft thesis document

Due: Week 13

A major piece of work towards the thesis that will be submitted at the end of the succeeding unit COMP4093, this document details the plan of work, relevant literature, methodological issues, and a timeline for COMP4093.

This is a hurdle assessment task. For more information on hurdle assessment tasks, follow the Assessment Policy link in the Policies and Procedures section below.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Analyse a complex software engineering problem and propose solutions involving the development of new knowledge or the application of cutting edge techniques.
  • Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of contextual factors, research direction, and foundational concepts in software engineering.
  • Apply core software engineering principles and practices to a research or industry challenge.

Research Plan Presentation (20%)

Task: Presentation 

Due: Week 14 or 15 at a time to be determined

A face-to-face presentation of the proposed research, including background, reasoning and methodology.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Analyse a complex software engineering problem and propose solutions involving the development of new knowledge or the application of cutting edge techniques.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of contextual factors, research direction, and foundational concepts in software engineering.

Note: the Estimated time-on-task is only indicative of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Research Plan Presentation 20% No Week 14 or 15 at a time to be determined
Engineering Management and Engagement 10% No Daily record of your progress
Preliminary Thesis Material 70% Yes Week 13
Meetings with supervisors and clients 0% Yes Weekly or fortnightly, in consultation with your supervisor

Research Plan Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 14 or 15 at a time to be determined
Weighting: 20%

 

A face-to-face presentation of the proposed research, including background, reasoning and methodology.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse a complex software engineering problem and propose solutions involving the development of new knowledge or the application of cutting edge techniques.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of contextual factors, research direction, and foundational concepts in software engineering.

Engineering Management and Engagement

Assessment Type 1: Field book
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Daily record of your progress
Weighting: 10%

 

An opportunity to demonstrate (and if necessary, learn) the principles of good engineering management, record keeping, and professional engagement

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • Apply core software engineering principles and practices to a research or industry challenge.

Preliminary Thesis Material

Assessment Type 1: Plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 70%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

A major piece of work towards the thesis that will be submitted at the end of the succeeding unit COMP4093, this document details the plan of work, relevant literature, methodological issues, and a timeline for COMP4093.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse a complex software engineering problem and propose solutions involving the development of new knowledge or the application of cutting edge techniques.
  • Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of contextual factors, research direction, and foundational concepts in software engineering.
  • Apply core software engineering principles and practices to a research or industry challenge.

Meetings with supervisors and clients

Assessment Type 1: Simulation/role play
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Weekly or fortnightly, in consultation with your supervisor
Weighting: 0%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

Regular meetings with clients are essential for quality software engineering

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Plan a major software engineering research project, including the design of necessary processes, information management, records keeping, project management, and communications.
  • Demonstrate intellectual independence, and an in-depth understanding of a specialist topic within software engineering through verbal and written communication.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

There is only one 1-hour lecture per week in this unit as the bulk of the work is in preparation for your thesis.

The lecture will be conducted via Zoom and is synchronous and interactive.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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