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CIS3002 Agile Methods

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Agile Methods
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020305 - Systems Analysis and Design
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jeffrey Soar


Pre-requisite: CIS2000 or CSC2407

Other requisites

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


This course aims to assist the Information Technology professional to better face a climate of rapid technological and business change. It draws upon the body of knowledge associated with the global trend towards Agile Methods. Agile Methods are increasingly being adopted for Business Analysis and Project Management. This course will explain Agile Methods and discuss applications particularly the use of Scrum.


This course focuses on the major theme of Agile Business Analysis and Project Management skills using contemporary methodologies. It addresses key professional competencies, skills, knowledge areas, values and dispositions in Agile Methods. The importance of written and oral communication skills is given due prominence. The course will enable students to understand Scrum methods and other contemporary approaches to Systems Design Methodologies, as well as a range of tools and techniques. Major trends and issues affecting business analysis and design in the business sector are also studied. The course simulations, exercises and games aim to give you greater comfort in dealing with people and facilitating groups which is required when applying Agile Methods in business settings. You will research the considerable resources on Agile Methods that are available through the internet.


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

  1. engage in teamwork to address business problems and produce viable solutions using Agile techniques, methodologies and theories;
  2. undertake research and communicate information using an academic writing style;
  3. analyse and apply the major Agile methodologies used in the design and development of a business system;
  4. analyse and apply the ACS Code of Professional Conduct and Code of Ethics in business settings for.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Agile Manifesto and Principles 20.00
2. Agile Methodologies including Scrum, XP, Lean and Kanban 30.00
3. Scrum Methodology including teamwork and ethics 50.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Greene J & Stellman A 2014, Learning Agile, O'Reilly Media INC.
Schwaber, K & Sutherland J 2017, The Scrum Guide.
(available free from:

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 30.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 89.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
QUIZ 1 100 10 15 Mar 2021 3,4
ASSIGNMENT GROUP SUBMISSION 1 100 10 27 Apr 2021 1,2,4 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 30 Apr 2021 2,3 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT GROUP SUBMISSION 2 100 40 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 3)
QUIZ 2 100 10 04 Jun 2021 3,4

  1. ASSIGNMENT - GROUP SUBMISSION 1 - Group work retrospective in workshop and report submitted.
  2. ASSIGNMENT 1 - Individual short answer research assignment.
  3. ASSIGNMENT - GROUP SUBMISSION 2 - group work, project plan and retrospective submitted.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: 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.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) 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. (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:
    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 assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  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. Referencing in assignments:
    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 at

Date printed 18 June 2021