CSU44098 – Group Design Project

Module CodeCSU44098
Module Name Group Design Project
ECTS Weighting [1]10 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 2
Module Coordinator/s  Goetz Boterweck

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Apply Agile development methods;
  2. Work successfully within an inter-disciplinary development team;
  3. Appreciate team dynamics and the workflow management needed to achieve successful teamwork;
  4. Relate to customer needs and requirements and transform these into product tasks;
  5. Appreciate role of iterative product testing and end user evaluation in a development process;
  6. Summarize and communicate the work of development teams in succinct presentations and a video.

Module Content

Instruction will be provided in agile development methodologies and facilities will be provided in order to promote close collaboration between team members. The development of the project will be structured as two product releases as part of the development cycle.

Each week, the current state of progress is reported and discussed, both in the lectures and in the group meetings.

Main topics covered:

  • Agile Development;
  • Presentation Skills;
  • Team dynamics.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The goal of this module is to promote teamwork and to allow students to use their individual skills and experiences within a development team. A key aim is to develop student’s abilities in framing design problems and working iteratively to achieve a working solution Instruction will be provided in Agile development methodologies and facilities will be provided in order to promote close collaboration between team members.

A project mentor will meet with each team weekly and will advise on setting up the team structure including the assignment of roles and responsibilities within the team and on reporting systems both internally and externally.

Weekly peer code and design reviews are a core component of the delivery of the module. These are to encourage a team approach to learning and introduce the practicalities of software quality control.

Class meetings will be devoted primarily to discussion of project progress and issues that arise. As such, class participation is important and will be a part of the grade.

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief Description Learning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Individual Class
Involvement during the class contact hours: lectures and group meetings.L02, L0510%
Individual Group
Involvement in group activities outside class contact hours, assessed using peer evaluation.L02, L0330%
Features delivered at each of the two release points, both worth half of the total mark.L01, L04, L0660%

Reassessment Details

Examination (2 hours, 100%).

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by: 22 hours
Lecture0 hours
Laboratory0 hours
Tutorial or seminar22 hours
Other0 hours
Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:180 hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable)180 hours
Completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)0 hours
Total Hours202 hours

Recommended Reading List

  • Agile Software Development with Scrum, Ken Schwaber & Mike Beedle, Prentice Hall (October 21, 2001).

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: N/A

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: An ability to program, at a level typical for Year 4 Computer Science students.

Module Co-requisites


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