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COMP229: Systems Development II (W'05)
Course Outline

The bulk of the COMP229 course material is project-related and can be found at the 2004-05 TKAP Project Site.

Instructor: Dave Rogers

Course Description

The project management theory covered in the introductory Systems Development I course is now put into practice through one or more projects suggested and sponsored by members of the local information technology industry. Students work together in teams and are themselves responsible for meeting schedule and deliverable targets specified during the introductory course. Together with a staff supervisor, designated members of the local IT industry monitor and evaluate the teams' progress, providing technical and project-management assistance as required. Accepted course projects address real world high-tech opportunities but are structured so as not to compete with the local industry. Certain projects may be eligible for government funding or may lead to post-graduation business prospects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • work cooperatively on a team of peers;
  • take responsibility for meeting scheduled deadlines, budget constraints, and specified levels of quality in deliverables, both individually and as a team member;
  • synthesize the various topics covered in the Computer Studies program and apply that learning to the task at hand; and
  • methodically anticipate, measure, and adjust to unplanned and unwelcome project contingencies.

Delivery Methods/Format

Organized team meetings will be held regularly, particularly at the start of term. The instructor will facilitate these meetings and assist with difficulties. Industry representatives may also attend occasional meetings.


COMP219: Systems Development I, and good standing in the second year of the Computer Studies Diploma program in preparation for graduation. Admission to the course may also be granted at the instructor's discretion.

Course Requirements

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation in scheduled team meetings is mandatory. A student may be dismissed from the course if more than 10% of the scheduled meetings are missed. Dismissal from a course may result in loss of full-time status and loss of sponsorship funding.


Projects are selected by the student team in consultation with the instructor and industry members, usually during the Systems Development I course. As a part of that selection, the student team will prepare and present a formal project plan for the complete COMP229 term.


Each member of a project team will receive the same grade for a particular component. The initial analysis portion of the project will be finished upon completion of COMP219, and so the evaluation for COMP229 uses the following criteria:

Component Weight
Design Plan 10%
Design Documentation 25%
Development Plan 10%
Development Documentation and Project Demonstration 35%
Project Post-Mortem and Self/Team Assessment 20%
Total 100%

The documentation and demonstration components are evaluated with respect to the planning deliverables. The evaluation is not based upon the success of the overall project goals. Instead, it is based upon the application of the techniques and practices covered in COMP219 including, but not limited to:

  • meeting scheduled deadlines and budget constraints;
  • delivering the project solution within the specified quality levels;
  • appropriately managing the risks to the project's success; and
  • interacting with team members, industry representatives, and project stakeholders in a professional manner.

Individuals responsible for evaluation may vary by project. In general, evaluation will involve the student team, the instructor, the industry sponsor, and other stakeholders.

Letter grading will follow the College's standard, which can be found in the Letter Grading section of Academic Regulations in the College Calendar.

Required Textbooks/Materials