• Class Number 2380
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sabrina Caldwell
    • Dr Sabrina Caldwell
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Andrea Parsons
    • Annette Vincent
SELT Survey Results

This course aims to provide students with sufficient knowledge of the basic principles of software project management that they may support a project manager to carry out the project administrative functions of a program office, understand leadership and management within the context of an agile project development team, and understand the context in which project management is conducted. Many of the skills gained are of use outside formal project management environments.
Key topics:
  • Leadership,  Management, Professionalism, Ethics and Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Project Context

  • Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK)

  • Agile Project Planning

  • Agile Project Management

  • Project Scope Management

  • Quality & Risk Management

  • Project Control and Governance

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the impact  of business  context on a software development project, including an understanding of the role professional ethics plays in the conduct of a successful project
  2. Evaluate the features of traditional and agile approaches to managing software development to decide an appropriate project management approach for a project in a business context
  3. Demonstrate key project management skills such as scope determination; task decomposition; effort estimation, schedule creation and tracking; progress reporting; and management of risk and quality
  4. Employ research, critical thinking and reflection to formulate and communicate an argument concerning project management concepts.
  5. Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration skills, and an understanding of the difference between leadership and management

Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Research-Led Teaching

For students interested in working in the field of software engineering, data analysis, Artificial Intelligence and a host of other computer science fields, and for those students intending to do a Techlauncher project in subsequent semesters, this course provides excellent preparation for working with real-world problems and real-world stakeholders.

Managing software development and design requires significant understanding of human-computer interaction (HCI), and understanding this relationship is key to delivering effective software solutions for users and stakeholders. Furthermore, many students want to contribute to the real research even while they are undergraduates and postgraduates. To that end, we offer students the opportunity to participate in local HCI research experiments during the semester.

Examination Material or equipment

The final exam will be online, though whether this will be entirely online (invigilated) or in-person or dual delivery is still to be determined. Students will be allowed one A4 sheet of paper with notes on both sides for the final exam. An unannotated dictionary is also allowed.

Required Resources

Required content is published on the Wattle course page.

It is expected that students will have access to computing facilities including internet access.

Students must be able to scan or photograph any hand-written materials required by assignments and/or exams. This means that students will need access to either a digital camera (can be an ordinary phone camera) or scanner.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Course and Project Management No workshops
2 Critical Thinking and Teamwork, and Academic Skills (Reporting) Workshop: Teamwork
3 Leadership and management Workshop: Practical Report Writing
4 Project Initiation No workshops
5 Big Picture Planning & User Stories Workshop: Agile Backbone, Walking Skeleton, Stakeholders Assignment 1 due (10%)
6 User Stories and End-to-End Experience Workshop: Writing User Stories Note participation in workshops represents 10% of assessment
7 User Story Maps and Minimum Viable Product Workshop: User Story Maps Midterm quiz (10%) Assignment 2 due (15%)
8 Velocity and Progress No workshops
9 Estimation and Planning Poker Workshop: Goal-driven releases
10 Project Execution and Control Workshop: Estimation
11 Meetings and Reporting, Quality and Risk Workshop: Iterations Assignment 3 due (15%)
12 Exam hints, Presentations Workshop: Presentations by teams Presentations due (5%) After Week 12, final exam as per University exam schedule (35%)

Tutorial Registration

Workshop registration will be available during the first week of the course.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Report 1 of 3 Interlinked group reports: Research report review 10 % 1,4,5
Report 2 of 3 Interlinked group reports: Research report 15 % 1,4,5
Briefing Paper and Presentation 20 % 1-5
Midterm quiz 10 % 1-5
Participation in workshops 10 % 1-5
Final exam 35 % 1-5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation in workshops is mandatory and is worth 10% of your course mark.


The course will have a midterm quiz and a final exam and these are worth 10% and 35% of your course mark respectively.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5

Report 1 of 3 Interlinked group reports: Research report review

In your assigned small group, you will write a report review on one of four topic papers (assigned to you): Project and Professional Ethics, Leadership Styles and Team Motivation, Communicating with Stakeholders and Managing their Expectations, and Communicating and Delivering Bad News.

In your assigned small group, you will write a report on one of four topics (assigned to you): Project and Professional Ethics, Leadership Styles and Team Motivation, Communicating with Stakeholders and Managing their Expectations, and Communicating and Delivering Bad News.

You will also do a peer assessment of your team members, which will influence distribution of final marks for your Research report review.

A detailed rubric will be provided.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5

Report 2 of 3 Interlinked group reports: Research report

In your assigned small group, which will be the same group as for Report 1, you will write an original report on one of four topics (assigned to you): Project and Professional Ethics, Leadership Styles and Team Motivation, Communicating with Stakeholders and Managing their Expectations, and Communicating and Delivering Bad News.

You will also do a peer assessment of your team members, which will influence distribution of final marks for your group's original research report.

A detailed rubric will be provided.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Briefing Paper and Presentation

The Briefing Paper and Presentation requires students to produce a short briefing paper for the CEO of the fictional company used in workshop exercises. In addition to the briefing paper, students are required to present the key points, including recommendation, during Week 12. The briefing paper, including recommendations, will require you to draw upon and apply the knowledge gained from their research conducted for assignment 1. Groups for this assignment will comprise one student from each of the groups from assignments 1&2 in order to enable your group to bring expertise from the range of four topics previously examined.

You will also do a peer assessment of your team members, which will influence distribution of final marks for your group's briefing paper and presentation.

A detailed rubric will be provided.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Midterm quiz

The midterm quiz is a summative quiz designed to test your knowledge of what you have learned in the first half of the course.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Participation in workshops

Students are required to attend and participate in workshops. Each workshop attracts 1 mark, with the last workshop in which the presentations take place being worth 2 marks.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Final exam

The final exam is a summative exam designed to test your knowledge of what you have learned across the entire course. Further details on the final exam will be provided closer to the end of the semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Sabrina Caldwell

Research Interests

Image and knowledge credibility, human-centred computing, human-computer interaction, web development and design, software engineering, neural networks and deep learning; promoting positive real-world impact through computing solutions.

Dr Sabrina Caldwell

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Dr Sabrina Caldwell

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Dr Sabrina Caldwell

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Andrea Parsons

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Annette Vincent

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