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ELE4402 Software Engineering Project Management

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Electrical, Electronic & Computing
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Wei Xiang
Moderator: Hong Zhou

Other requisites

Recommended co-requisite: CSC2407 or USQIT16

Rationale

Successful large-scale software projects require a variety of approaches, some of which are generic to project management in general, and some of which are specific to the nature of software itself. The complexity of software engineering projects demands a structured approach throughout the project lifetime, from the initial specification through to final acceptance testing and ongoing maintenance. The increasing focus on network-centric, globally-developed software systems means that the graduate in software engineering must understand project management systems and processes, in order to be able to contribute productively to a software development team.

Synopsis

In this course the student will be introduced to the issues involved in managing software projects, both small and large. It is important that the team player recognize that the success of a large project depends on the interaction of a large number of factors, some of which are beyond the control of those who are directly involved in the project. Issues which must be addressed include client liaison, product specification, planning, selection of appropriate technologies, staffing, personnel management, progress assessment and team leadership.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and techniques;
  3. Apply project management concepts by working on a group project as project manager or active team member;
  4. Use project management software to help plan and manage software development projects of various sizes;
  5. Appreciate the importance of good project management.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Project Management 10.00
2. Software Development Project Management 12.00
3. Project Time Management 12.00
4. Project Cost Management 12.00
5. Project Quality Management 12.00
6. Project Risk Management 12.00
7. Other Project Management Topics (Project Integration, Scope, Human Resources, Communications, Procurement Management) 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.
  • Hughes, B & Cotterell, M 2005, Software Project Management, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, UK.
  • Jalote, P 2002, Software Project Management in Practice, Addison-Wesley, Boston, MA.
  • Mantel, SJ 2004, Core Concepts of Project Management in Practice, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Royce, W 1998, Software Project Management: A Unified Framework, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 52.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 49.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 16 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 11 Oct 2013
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item 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 in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks 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 weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

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

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. 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).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.
    http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this subject.