Course Outline

ICT709 ICT Industry Project

Course Coordinator:Damian Hills ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2021Semester 2

USC Southbank

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course provides an opportunity for postgraduate students to develop an ICT artefact for an organisation. It involves completion of a set of work activities under the guidance and supervision of an academic supervisor and an industry supervisor from the partner organisation. You should apply specialised knowledge and skills gained throughout your university studies and demonstrate your thorough understanding of the complexities involved in ICT businesses and industry /or profession.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 3hrs Not applicable Not Yet Determined

Course Topics

Projects will vary for each group and to be negotiatied with coordinator. 

Group set up, project selection and .

Regular group updates and progress review

Project proposal negotiation, discussion and reflection



What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Develop strategic business skills for career progression in an ICT context Empowered
2 Apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations as a specialist. Empowered
3 Critically and systematically evaluate ICT professional issues relevant to an organisation and its work and recommend solutions to management in relation to complex ICT issues. Creative and critical thinker
4 Self-evaluate your performance and the development of any proposed improvement strategies demonstrating personal and professional responsibility for own learning and work outcomes. Creative and critical thinker
5 Work professionally in the ideation, analysis and design of a project. Empowered
6 Communicate findings using professional level skills in project management, Problem solving, and presentation. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


ICT710 and enrolled in BU708


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

The student skills need to be aligned with the requirements of the organisation.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Weekly workshops will allow groups to update on their progress and receive feedback on work completed each week.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Group 20%
750-1000 words
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece Group 50%
2500-3500 words(+or -10%)
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Written Piece Individual 30%
750 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Project Proposal
Develop a proposal for your project that is structured to allow for the successful achievement of both your goals and those of the industry organisation within the available hours of the project.
Product: Written Piece
This is a group assessment. You will be required to submit a proposal of the project you are completing including outlining the responsibilities, expectations and evaluation mechanisms associated with your project. Refer to Blackboard for details
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Clearly outline and demonstrate ability to successfully apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
Clear and achievable setting of goals and milestones measured against a realistic time-line for completion
Demonstrate the ability to design, coordinate and implement a project plan
All - Assessment Task 2:Project Deliverable
The development and creation of a solution based on the proposed plan from Task 1.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece
This is a group assessment 
Solve a real-world complex problem and evaluate the outcomes achieved against those planned at the outset of the project identified in the proposal.
You are required to submit any source code created and other project deliverables as applicable.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of critical and creative thinking in solving complex problem, through designing, coordinating and implementing a project solution
Application of appropriate tools to create a robust and functional artefact that meets the client’s needs
Written communication in a business context.
All - Assessment Task 3:Reflection
To reflect on the actual project experience with discussion and evaluation of outcomes and differences between theory and practice as well as group processes.
Product: Written Piece
This is an individually assessed task.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Reflection and self evaluation of professional experience
Critically evaluate individual business skills gained in working through the project
Reflection of group processes and contribution to the group task

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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