BDA303 - Industry Based Project 1

Credit Points: 15 credit points

Workload: 36 hours

Prerequisite: 8 core units including BDA215 Software Engineering and Project Management

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Data Analytics (BDA). This unit addresses the BDA course learning outcomes and complements other courses in related fields by developing students’ specialised knowledge with a capstone project in data analytics. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF level 7 (BDA) course.

This unit provides students with an in-depth discussion of the foundational concepts, methods and principles of core units of BDA and provides students with a capstone final year project in system specification, analysis, design, development and testing. Students apply their skills in project management in a real situation. Students apply the knowledge gained throughout their course to an application for an actual client in a team environment.
Unit topics:

  • Review of project management, project requirements.
  • Customer meeting, initial planning with project scope and deliverables.
  • System preliminary design, planning, scheduling and estimation.
  • Project documentation, client review.
  • Prototype demonstration.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

a. Develop and apply analytical, technical, managerial, and time-management skills to the analysis and design of a data analytics capstone project.
b. Identify and evaluate project management concepts and apply them to a realistic business problem.
c. Apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the core units to plan a substantial capstone project.
d. Demonstrate effective communication skills in relation to client, ethical and professional behaviour.
e. Work effectively and efficiently in a team and write a group report.

Weekly Topics

Studio based projects: students work in teams within a studio-based environment. Students submit oral and written presentations and reports as part of their project work. Students attend and provide feedback on each other’s presentations.

Industry based Projects: students engage with clients in a real or simulated work environment. In a real work environment, students work in an industry for 12 weeks (at least 10 hours/week). The option of working in industry is available only to BNet students with the course coordinator’s approval.

This unit will cover the following content:

Week Workshop Topics
1 Introduction
2 Customer meeting, initial planning with project scope and deliverables.
3 Review of project requirements
4 Literature review
5 System preliminary design, planning, scheduling and estimation
6-7 Professional Practice / Experience
8 Presentations
9 Detailed design, prototyping, prototype testing
10-11 Final report discussions - Project documentation, client review. Refinement of design
12 Presentations


Assessment Task Due Date Weightage Learning Outcomes Assessed
Assignment 1 – Group Report on Project plan and design* and Individual Report Week 5 20% a-c
Assignment 2 - Group Report and demonstration of design prototype* and Individual Report Week 9 30% a-e
Assignment 3* - Group Final Report* and Individual Report Week 11 40% a-e
Assignment 4 – Oral presentation Week 8 and 12 10% d
TOTALS   100%  

*Within a group task, a number of subtasks will be assigned to individuals by the project supervisor. This, along with a reflective journal of individual contributions to the project, will be used to assess individual outcomes.

Textbook and Reference Materials

There is no textbook. References and/or notes will be provided for the workshops.

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.