• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Software Development
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charles Gretton
    • Dr Liang Zheng
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

COMP3500 is an annual course (6+6) that must be completed twice, in consecutive semesters.

This course provides the student with project experience to complement the studies of the software development process in courses COMP2500, COMP2130, COMP3530 and COMP3120.

Students work in small groups and participate in all the development phases (requirements analysis, design, construction, testing and documentation) of a nontrivial software system. As well, each group has to address the control of the development process by constructing and following a detailed software development management plan. Students will also study relevant aspects of the software engineering milieux.

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.

To enrol in this course you must meet the eligibility criteria, which includes membership of a student project group before the end of week 1, where the project has been approved by the convener. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Work as an effective member of a team that creatively identifies, implements, and delivers a software solution to a complex problem.
  2. Develop lifelong learning through reflection, as demonstrated through continual reflection on the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and teamwork processes experienced throughout the year.
  3. Exhibit an awareness of team formation strategies and stages leading to the development of a high-performing self-managing team.
  4. Present, communicate, and effectively defend sound engineering decisions at project reviews, both orally and in writing, with peers, supervisors, and project stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrate experience in project, configuration, and risk management processes when undertaking a software development project.
  6. Demonstrate experience in the different stages of the SDLC.
  7. Demonstrate experience in and appropriate use of standards in software development.

Work Integrated Learning


This course gives you the opportunity to practice teamwork, working in multidisciplinary teams and problem solving and develop skills to compete and develop the best solution to a real-world challenge. This course is is delivered under TechLauncher.

Other Information

The course COMP3500 is a group project course. Students in COMP3500 may be required to share their personal information with a third party, including Host organisations.

 If you elect to work on a project with a Host, the College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics will provide the Host with your name, your ANU ID number, your Academic Degree Program Level (e.g. Master/ Bachelor/Honours) and your ANU email address, as required. ANU will share your personal information only to the extent necessary for you to undertake your group project course.

 If you do not wish to share your personal information as outlined above, please do not enrol in this course and consider enrolling in another course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Three group project reviews (70%) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Group Poster and Showcase (10%) (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Individual Reflection and Portfolio (20) [LO 1,2,3,5,6,7]

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Annual course. COMP3500 must be taken in two consecutive semesters. Around 50 contact hours across Team Formation Day, introductory lectures, tutor meetings, project reviews and public showcase. Around 210 hours of group project work and individual study.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must meet the eligibility criteria, which includes membership of a student project group before the end of week 1, where the project has been approved by the convener. To enrol in this course you must have completed: COMP2500 or COMP2100 AND COMP2120 or COMP2130 AND 12 units of 2000 level COMP courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed COMP3100 or if you have previously or are currently enrolled in COMP3820.

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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
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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
4182 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9186 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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