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CSC8600 Advanced ICT Professional Project

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Advanced ICT Prof Project
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 029999 - Information Technology not els
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 July 2020


Examiner: Xiaohui Tao


Pre-requisite: CIS8010 or CIS5310 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MSCN (Applied Data Science) or MADS


The Advanced 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 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 strengthening students’ understanding of professionalism and professional ethics in ICT sector and enhancing students' professional skills in project management, report writing, oral communication, and visual communication.


The course aims to provide students with a simulated real-world environment, in which students would demonstrate autonomy and expert judgement as a member of a team to interpret and apply established theories to an ICT related problem. A key focus is to help students to gain integrated understanding of the characteristics of an efficient team work. The course also helps students to foster their creativity, practice independent analysis, reflect on complex problems solving and communication skills, and to gain deep understanding of professionalism and professional ethics in ICT.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. professionally design an ICT-related project and critically communicate the analysis and evaluation;
  2. appraise how the project supports business or organisational need;
  3. manage teamwork and select appropriate Information and Computing Technology in the support of business or organisational activities;
  4. devise team work strategies to facilitate conflict resolution, communication, negotiation, decision-making, creativity and diversity;
  5. showcase professional skills by effectively communicating with all stakeholders in the project;
  6. demonstrate deep understanding of professionalism and professional ethics in Information and Computing Technology and
  7. examine project objectives and learning strategies to identify goals of future projects.


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. 20.00
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. 15.00
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. 15.00
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

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Barringer, B & Ireland, RD 2018, Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, 6th edn, Prentice Hall.
Carson, K & Isaac, M 2005, A guide to team roles: how to increase personal and team effectiveness, 3 Circle Partners, Belbin, North America.
Kizza, JM 2018, Ethical and social issues in the information age, 6th edn, Springer-Verlag, London.
Schwalbe, K 2019, Information Technology Project Management, 9th edn, Cengage Technology.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Lectures 14.00
Private Study 50.00
Project Work 96.00
Seminars 2.00
Tutorials 3.00
Workshops 3.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PLAN 15 15 14 Aug 2020
PROJECT REPORT & PRESENTATION 55 55 16 Oct 2020 (see note 1)
LEARNER REPORT 10 10 23 Oct 2020

  1. Final Project Report and Presentation

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 items for 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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Master of Computing and Master of Program MCOP and Master of Computing Technology (MCTN) and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 11 July 2020