Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course is Part B of a multi-term sequence. Part A must also have been completed in the same year to meet the requirements of the sequence.

Software Engineering Masters 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 and submission of a final project report and a formal presentation, demonstration of project outcomes, and a research thesis.

In contrast to the majority of courses studies 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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the complexity of organising 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, demonstrations 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

6. Produce a journal-style paper exploring an advanced research topic in a relevant area of software engineering.


  1. Perform a systematic literature search to review current knowledge and developments in the chosen technical area
  2. Undertake detailed technical work in the chosen area using one or more of: Theoretical studies, Computer simulations, Software development
  3. 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
  4. Prepare a formal report describing the work undertaken and results obtained
  5. Provide a formal presentation and demonstration of the project
  6. Produce a journal-style research paper on their individual research project.

Assumed knowledge

SENG4211A (previously SENG4800A) , SENG4211B (previously SENG4800B) and SENG6210A.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Progress reports

Presentation: System demonstration

Written Assignment: Final group report

Presentation: Research day presentation and demonstration

Presentation: Research project presentation

Written Assignment: Research report

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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

Guided supervision - As per course outline.

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