• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charles Gretton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021. Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged.

This course provides the student with project experience to complement the studies of the software development process in the courses COMP2100, and COMP2130, combined with research and development experience in COMP2560. Students work in small groups and participate in all the research and development phases of a project producing an innovative and substantial software system. This includes research planning, experimentation and evaluation phases followed by the development phases (requirements analysis, design, construction, testing and documentation). As well, each group has to address the control of this process by constructing and following a detailed management plan.

Most students will work on projects for an industry, government or university client. Highly motivated students will be given an opportunity to engage with the ACT innovation community and students across the university to create their own software-based start-up businesses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

After successfully completing this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Work as an effective member of a team to develop a software based solution that is innovative and delivers measurable value to an industry or university client.
  2. Make and defend sound research practice and engineering decisions.
  3. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with peers, supervisors and commercial clients/stakeholders.
  4. Creatively identify and implement a solution to a complex problem that exists within the domain of ICT.
  5. Participate effectively in project and artefact reviews with peers, supervisors and clients/stakeholders.
  6. Explain the role and importance of project management, configuration and risk management processes when undertaking a software development project, and the impact of a research component has on this. Demonstrate experience in undertaking the activities associated with these.
  7. Explain the role and importance of standards in software development. Demonstrate experience in tailoring those standards appropriately according to the project they are currently undertaking.
  8. Participate in a group presentation, including a demonstration, to an audience of peers, clients and supervisors.
  9. Develop life-long learning through reflection, as demonstrated through continual reflection on the software development lifecycle and team work processes experienced throughout the year.
  10. Exhibit an awareness of
    • team formation strategies and stages leading to the development of high performing, self-managing teams;
    • sound meeting practice; and
    • how personality traits can impact upon team performance and how to use individual traits to achieve the most from team work.

Indicative Assessment

Individual reflective learning portfolio (30%), three group project reviews (60%), and final group poster (10%)

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Annual course. Student enrolls in Semester 1 and Semester 2. One 6-hour Team Formation Day, two 1-hour introductory lectures, Twelve 1-hour tutor meetings, two 2-hour project reviews, two 2-hour student presentation sessions and 210 hours of group project work

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Advanced Computing(R&D) (Honours) and have successfully completed COMP2130 and COMP2560.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2562 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5640 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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