Not currently offered

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.

Software Engineering Final Year Projects represent the culmination of study towards the Bachelor of Engineering degree. Projects offer the opportunity to apply and extend material learned throughout the remainder of the program. Assessment is by submission of software development documentation throughout the evolution of the project; submission of project final report and a formal presentation, demonstration of project outcomes and a research thesis.

In contrast to the majority of courses studied elsewhere in the program, projects are undertaken in groups. This necessarily introduces the dimension of workload management into the program to enable completion of a large, relatively unstructured "assignment" over the course of the year.

The projects undertaken span a diverse range of topics, including theoretical, simulation and software development, and vary from year to year. The emphasis is necessarily on facilitating student learning in technical, project management and presentation spheres.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SENG4800A. Students who have successfully completed SENG4800A are not eligible to enrol in SENG4210A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the complexity of organizing a large software development project as a team, identifying risks associated with their decisions and adapting the processes as the project evolves during the year

2. Obtain experience in the application of their previous knowledge in software requirements, design, test and validation in a concrete large project

3. Identify previous incorrect considerations in their time and management skills and gain working experience that would allow them to correct their views on the own capabilities leading to more realistic project plans

4. Improve their oral and written communication skills in the preparation of software prototypes, demos, and documentation and so as to satisfy the standards of engineers and other software professionals

5. Improve their research skills in software engineering by developing a better understanding of technical information and standards


This course will be conducted largely as a group project under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff. The specific project topic undertaken will reflect the common interests and expertise of the student(s) and supervisor.

Students will be required to:

  • Perform a systematic literature search to review current knowledge and developments in the chosen technical area
  • Undertake detailed technical work in the chosen area using one or more of theoretical studies, computer simulations or software development
  • Produce progress reports or maintain a professional journal to establish work completed, and to schedule additional work within the time frame specified for the project
  • Prepare a formal report describing the work undertaken and results obtained
  • Provide a formal presentation and demonstration of the project.  

Assumed knowledge

3rd year of Software Engineering degree

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Project Plan

Written Assignment: Requirements Documents

Written Assignment: Design Documents

Written Assignment: Progress Reports

Presentation: Prototype Demonstration

Written Assignment: Interim Project Report