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CSC3600 ICT Professional Project

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Xiaohui Tao
Moderator: David Lai

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must have satisfactorily completed at least 16 courses including seven BITC core courses other than this course

Rationale

The ICT Professional Project course provides a concrete opportunity for students to consolidate the knowledge and skills that they have learned in past Information and Computer Technology (ICT) related courses and to acquire experience of applying the knowledge and skills to the real-world problem solving. Students are to work together on team-based projects, utilising possessed knowledge and skills to address problems in ICT businesses, emerging ICT markets, teaching and learning in ICT discipline, and ICT related researches. Students' development of professional, technical and teamwork skills required by ICT professionals would be extended in practice through completing the projects and managing the teams. The course also focuses on enhancing students' professional skills in report writing, oral communication, and visual communication.

Synopsis

The course aims to provide students with a simulated real-world environment, in which students would understand themselves as members of a team to provide effective strategies to team-based ICT related problem solving. A key focus is to help students to understand the characteristics of a high performing team and the role of individuals within such an environment. The course also helps students to foster their creativity and to develop their problem solving and communication skills.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students are able to:

  1. Professionally implement an ICT-related project and communicate the analysis and evaluation (GS1 - GS7, GS9);
  2. Describe and demonstrate understanding of the project and how it supports a business or organizational need (GS1, GS2, GS8);
  3. Demonstrate understanding of teamwork and Information and Computing Technology in the support of business or organizational activities (GS1 - GS7);
  4. Demonstrate understanding of high performance teamwork through conflict resolution, communication, negotiation, decision-making, creativity and diversity (GS5, GS8, GS9);
  5. Showcase professional skills by effectively communicating with all stakeholders in the Project (GS3, GS8); and
  6. Identify appropriate objectives and learning strategies to achieve future goals and project success (GS4, GS9, GS10).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Teamwork:
Focusing on conflict resolution strategies that help to transform the conflict into a source of competitive advantage in teamwork.
20.00
2. Project Management:
Focusing on skills and experience in ICT related human resource management, time management, quality assurance management, and risk management.
30.00
3. Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship:
Focusing on the commercialisation and entrepreneurship related issues for transforming innovations into new ICT products or production methods and introduce them into the ICT related market.
10.00
4. Ethical, Social, and Legal Implications of Information Technology:
Identifying social and technical factors that influence the success of ICT and ICT related projects in the digital age.
10.00
5. Real-World Experience:
Help students to gain project-based, teamwork experience in an environment simulating the real world ICT context.
30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=CSC3600)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • USQ Introductory Book of CSC3600 – ICT Professional Project, Semester 1, 2013, available on the course website.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Carson, K & Isaac, M 2005, A guide to team roles: how to increase personal and team effectiveness, 3 Circle Partners, Belbin, North America.
  • Kizza, J. M 2007, Ethical and social issues in the information age, 3rd edn, Springer-Verlag, London.
    (Godalming, UK. ( 2nd edn., 2003 also ok).)
  • Overton, R 2001, Commercialise your ideas: includes finding an investor or business angel for your business, Martin Management, Sydney.
  • Taylor, J 2004, Managing information technology projects: applying project management strategies to software, hardware, and integration initiatives, American Management Association, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 18.00
Private Study 73.00
Project Work 73.00
Workshops 4.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO 5 5 08 Mar 2013 (see note 1)
PROJECT PLAN 15 15 22 Mar 2013
FINAL PROJ RPT & PRESENTATION 100 55 31 May 2013
LEARNER REPORT 10 10 07 Jun 2013
PERFORMANCE EVALUATION 15 15 07 Jun 2013

NOTES
  1. Assignments are due 11:59:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on each due date.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and appropriately participate in all activities (such as lectures, workshops and project works) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. All assignments must be submitted electronically through the course web site. Assignment submissions will not be accepted in any other form or by any other means without prior approval.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student's submission must be received electronically at USQ.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  6. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt to do so.

  7. In this course you should reference using one of the following systems: Harvard (AGPS), APA or that supported by the Department. Information on the Department’s referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to an appropriate computer either via the student's own arrangements or a USQ centre.

  2. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access for this course.