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Software Project

Software Project

Code: SWD4TF024
Scope: 10 ECTS
Timing: 4th Semester
Language: English
Curriculum: DIGIE
Course level: Optional profile-specific studies (Software Development)
Course type: Elective (part of the Software Developer's study profile)

Pre-requisites  

Student has good object-oriented programming, web programming and database skills. Student is ready for independent teamwork and information seeking.

Data Management and Databases (SWD4TF003)                                

Server Programming (SWD4TF021)

Front End Development (SWD4TF022)                                                              

 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is able to solve customer problems through his/her software development skills. The student understands and is able to define customer needs and requirements, and s/he is able to utilize proper software solutions. The student is able to develop independently his/her competence in learning and discussing new technologies.  The student is able to assess and select the proper technologies and approaches to solving the problem. The student is capable of taking responsibility for implementing designated tasks. The student is able to share the developed competence with other team members. As a member of a team, the student is responsible for implementing production-level software solutions for customer needs and requirements.

Course Contents

The course operates like a genuine software company, from whom a client orders software solutions for real needs. The students

  1. Study customer needs
  2. Define and plan the solution
  3. Determine with the customer the selected technologies that are considered an appropriate solution to the problem
  4. Develop the working software solution at a near production level
  5. Evaluate the results and plan the future improvements

Cooperation with the business community

Case topics from companies, at least on latter implementations of the course.

International dimension

Only international learning materials used. All implementations have students from several continents. Possible guest lecturers from international companies.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Independent and supported project work 265 h
  • Final essay about student’s own learning and contributions to the team work (min 1 full page) 3h
  • The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Annotate, illustrate and pack some of your professional software projects. Demonstrate and narrate it to the teacher. Student is responsible for the quality of the project. The chance to present it is one time opportunity after which grade or rejection will be final without chance to improve.

Course teachers

  • Juhani Välimäki
  • Juha Hinkula (Not this semester))
  • Jukka Juslin (Finnish curriculum)
  • Ohto Rainio (Finnish curriculum)

Learning materials

Appropriate resources depending on the technology needed per each case.

Assessment criteria

Course evaluation is based on group work, the functionality of the final outcomes, and an individual task essay that evaluates individual and group performance.

The course is evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5. The assessment criteria are presented below.

Components 1 3 5
Knowledge The student can identify, list and combine the main theoretical concepts related to the course contents. The student can describe the relevant concepts and apply them to new contexts. The student uses and combines different theories to present own models. Student is aware of other views of the knowledge. His/her use of theory and specific terminology is very accurate.
S/he uses findings to compare different theories and viewpoints.
Skills With great difficulty and under strict supervision, the student partly or poorly works as a team member in software projects using relevant tools and technology at beginner’s level. The student can work as a team member in software projects developing a working system The student can collect, analyze and use relevant technologies to create systems
Competence With great difficulty and under strict supervision, the student can cooperate with the actual developers, e.g. in a testing team. S/he can poorly apply problem identification, analysis and solving to software projects.

The student participates insufficiently to the group work. In the final essay, student superficially defines his/her roles in the project. The group's outcomes do not meet the initial purpose, and cooperation with the customer is weak.  

The student can cooperate with the actual developers, e.g. in an assisting role. S/he can apply problem identification, analysis and solving to software projects.

The student participates actively in the group work. S/he helps the implementation, but does not take a big responsibility for any topic in the subject area. In the final essay, the student defines his/her roles sufficiently, but has not expressed in-depth comparison or shows her/his analyzing capabilities. The group's outcomes serve the purpose partially, and cooperation with the customer is moderate.

The student can work very professionally with a client company in a team. S/he can fully apply problem identification, analysis and solving to software development.

The student participates actively in the group work. S/he takes the lead in one or more area in the project. S/he can recommend methods and technologies for group use. In the final essay, the student analyzes his/her own and group performances thoroughly and analytically.  S/he is able to analyze what has been done well and where it could have been done better.  The group’s outcomes serve the purpose very well, and cooperation with the customer was excellent.    

Assessment components and their respective weights

  • Activity, Responsibility, and attitude 20-30% (including coming to work in time, focus, contribution to team efficiency). Outstanding contribution might lead into a 10% extra bonus.
  • Assignments or projects, and the activity and attitude shown during making them 40%
  • Examination 40% (possibly, if needed for checking all team members’ knowledge. Otherwise 0% and Assignments or projects 80%)

The assessment of one's own learning (Compulsory task)

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses or modules and the answers will also be used for course or module development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.