SENG402-22W (C) Whole Year 2022

Software Engineering Research Project

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 August 2022

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.

2022 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

Prerequisites

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

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 121 (21/2-7/3, 21/3, 4/4, 18/7, 12/9-19/9)
Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab (14/3)
21 Feb - 27 Mar
4 Apr - 10 Apr
18 Jul - 24 Jul
12 Sep - 25 Sep
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 131 Lab 1
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 10 Oct - 16 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop
21 Feb - 27 Feb

Timetable Note

Please note that the course activity times advertised here are currently in draft form, to be finalised on Monday 31 January 2022 for S1 and whole year courses, and Monday 27 June 2022 for S2 courses. Please do hold off enquiries about these times till those finalisation dates.

Course Coordinator

Fabian Gilson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Project Plan 5% Week 5 - Plan of project milestones and expected outcomes
Interim Report 15% Week 12 - Mid-year report with problem exploration and plan
Poster 10% Week 22 - Public poster during College Showcase
Presentation 10% Week 23 - Public presentation of final results at Department Showcase
Demonstration 25% Week 24 - In-depth demonstration of final results and product
Final Report 35% Week 24 - Scientific report of the overall project


2022 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.

Additional Course Outline Information

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.

If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University-wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a C+ grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,101.00

International fee $10,000.00

* 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

  • SENG402-22W (C) Whole Year 2022