The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.

Through these courses (Part A and Part B), students work on a project related to the fields of computer science and information technology. The work is undertaken in an organisation (industry, research groups, labs) or as an innovative proposal that has been approved by the course coordinator for an entrepreneurial prototype which requires students to incorporate computer science and/or information technology skills into their practices. This direct experience exposes students to the project management practices of managers and/or researchers. Under supervision and in a group work environment, students undertake between 200 and 250 hours of work with an appropriate organisation involved in computer science and/or information technology related areas.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019
  • Semester 1 - 2019

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): COMP3850. Students who have successfully completed COMP3850 are not eligible to enrol in COMP3851A.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse and plan the application of a suite of computer science and/or information technology skills learnt in the program to a specific project

2. Critically set objectives and evaluate partial outcomes

3. Develop skills required for the workplace, including both written and verbal communication and team work

4. Demonstrate professional knowledge by undertaking computer science and/or information technology tasks

5. Critically reflect on the ethical and technical issues faced in the workplace


This course comprises activities based on planning, developing, reporting and critically reflecting on a major activity related to computer science and/or information technology. Students will:

  1. Apply for, secure and start a project related to Computer Science and/or Information Technology areas, approved by the course coordinator
  2. Prepare a 'Program of Activity Agreement' which should be signed by the student, project supervisor and course coordinator
  3. Collaborate to plan, carry out and report on an appropriate project
  4. Complete at least 100 hours in Part A with an organisation which requires computer science and/or information technology expertise (the total number of hours in Part A and B combined should be between 200 and 250 hours)
  5. Record, report and critically reflect on the project undertaken
  6. Prepare and deliver a seminar to describe the activities undertaken during the project
  7. Describe and analyse ethical and technical issues relating to real world research and practice.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology [11497], Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Business [12238] and Bachelor of Computer Science [40103] programs. Students cannot enrol in this course if they have successfully completed COMP3850.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of at least 140 units of study.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Project Plan

Report: Progress Report

Presentation: Seminar

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term