SENG402-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Software Engineering Research Project

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021

Description

The Software Engineering Research Project gives students in-depth experience in researching complex, open-ended software engineering problems, and developing and evaluating potential solutions. Participants work individually or in teams to investigate and develop solutions for a complex real-world problem. There may be the opportunity to work on a project in conjunction with industry. At the end of this course you will have practiced the skills required to develop solutions for complex problems involving the development of substantial software solutions of significant complexity. You will also be comfortable with dealing with vague (and often conflicting) customer requirements, working under pressure and providing technical leadership.

2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

The research project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their preparedness to work as professional software engineers on challenging projects. Students build on the skills learned through projects they have undertaken in earlier years of the programme. Students will work substantially on their own either on staff or industry projects.

Participants work individually or in teams to investigate and develop  solutions for a complex real-world problem. There may be the opportunity to work on a project in conjunction with industry or in teams, but always with a substantial individual contribution showing the student's preparedness to work on challenging projects on their own.

Sustainable engagement and progress are expected throughout the year to ensure the projects meets their expectations in terms of quantity of work and quality of deliverable (e.g., reports, software, analysis).

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the research and problem-solving qualities and abilities of a software engineer
  • Evaluate existing solutions and approaches (e.g., literature, - open source - software solutions)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, apply and communicate complex research and analysis techniques
  • Deliver software solutions given the constraints of the project
  • Apply scientific evaluation to the analysis of complex problems and development of solutions
  • Communicate complex information to a range of stakeholders, including non-experts
  • Identify risks and benefits posed by conducting the project
  • Plan, estimate and log working effort

Pre-requisites

SENG301, SENG302 AND Approval into the BE(Hons) Software Engineering programme.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 443 (22/2-8/3, 22/3-29/3, 3/5-31/5, 19/7-23/8, 13/9-18/10)
Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab (15/3)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 18:00 Wheki 451 (18/10)
Wheki 450 (18/10)
18 Oct - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 003 Music
22 Feb - 28 Feb
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 18:00 Jack Erskine 131 Lab 1
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Fabian Gilson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Project Plan 5% Plan of project milestones and expected outcomes
Interim Report 15% Mid-year report with problem exploration and plan
Presentation 10% Public presentation of final results at Department Showcase
Poster 10% Public poster during College Showcase
Demonstration 25% In-depth demonstration of final results and product
Final Report 35% Scientific report of the overall project


2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

Textbooks / Resources

Given the nature of the course, a generic textbook is not appropriate. Students should speak with their respective supervisor/s for advice on appropriate textbooks and other learning resources.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,066.00

International fee $9,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All SENG402 Occurrences

  • SENG402-21W (C) Whole Year 2021