Building IT Systems - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Project proposal (5%) , Assignment 2 - Design Doc. & Progress Report (15%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00

IT today is everywhere and is involved in many aspects of life, including mobile devices, electronic voting and robotic fish. Many advancements have come from people passionately following an inspiration, and developing it into a concrete outcome. This unit is an opportunity for you to pursue an idea in IT and to work with a team of like-minded people to develop it. You will be provided with assistance to choose an appropriate topic, find a project team, generate a project plan, and to implement your project. This unit is designed to engage and inspire you with the wide world of IT, with a particular emphasis on finding appropriate tools, methodologies and techniques to meet your own personal challenge.

This unit will give you substantial hands-on, practical learning experiences and will motivate you through engagement in the creative, explorative and meaningful development of technological artefacts that operate in real world contexts.  

During the course of the unit you will collaborate in a group with fellow students to progress through the full lifecycle of an IT project/product, from ideation to design to development to delivery.  

Formal project group formation and registration will occur during week 1 of the unit and regular (weekly) ongoing engagement with members and mentors will be required throughout the unit starting from week 2 onwards, including synchronous online communication with your group and mentor using via live interactive chat, as well as asynchronous communication via collaboration tools / message boards.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. use IT specifications, user manuals, and other specification documents in project design
  2. locate and assess tools and resources for IT systems
  3. apply knowledge to a wide variety of experiences in programming or scripting, web, networks databases (as needed) to design and develop IT systems
  4. identify, decompose and solve problems related to creation of IT system prototypes
  5. develop an effective communication strategy
  6. effectively communicate the development process of small IT systems to your peers
  7. effectively communicate project outcomes in a written report
  8. work independently and collaboratively to develop small IT systems
  9. contribute, evaluate and provide feedback on other team-members’ work
  10. participate effectively in project teams
  11. effectively use collaborative development and documentation processes.
  12. independently learn skills and tools as required in order to facilitate the design, development and delivery an IT product / project.
  • Assignment 1 — Project proposal (5%)
  • Assignment 2 — Design Doc. & Progress Report (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Proj. Delivery/Report (10+30) (40%)
  • Participation — Course / Group Participation (30%)
  • Peer Evaluation — Peer assessment (10%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Exposure to user interface design (CPT112), databases (CPT140), web programming (CPT270) an advantage for more advanced projects incorporating such aspects of IT - not required for standard projects.

  • Additional materials — Some projects may have specific hardware and/or software requirements (dependent on project selection).
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Webcam / microphone for video conferencing (common feature in most laptops. Desktop users can use a dedicated webcam and microphone/headset for video conferencing.
  • Broadband access — Stable broadband connection required to access online learning materials and live chat sessions / recordings. (note: mobile broadband users may have difficulties participating in live chat sessions) This unit may also require downloading and/or uploading of large amounts of data across the study period, so a faster broadband connection (eg. ADSL2/2+ or NBN) might be an advantage.
  • Other special requirement — Access to Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer system for project work.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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