CITS3200 Professional Computing

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Computer Science; Data Science; International Cybersecurity; Computing and Data Science; Artificial Intelligence; Cybersecurity major sequences
  • Level 3 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Unlike other computing units you will have taken, which are about different aspects of computer or data science, CITS3200 Professional Computing is deliberately outward facing - to your future role in industry. For example, the unit teaches an appreciation of the ethical and social implications of computing projects, and aspects of project management, in the context of a large-scale computing projects. The bulk of the unit is then taken up with a large group project involving five or six students per group. The project will give you the opportunity to practice various project management techniques and communication skills, and to try different roles in a computing project team.
Students are able to (1) apply computer systems knowledge and skills in project situations; (2) use agile methodology in software development; (3) solve problems in computer systems and software development; (4) justify the professional responsibility to produce reliable software; (5) assess the social impacts of computing projects; and (6) perform effectively as part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project and (2) professional development portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Wise
Unit rules
enrolment in one of the following majors: MJD-ARIDM Artificial Intelligence; MJD-CMPSC Computer Science; MJD-CDSDM Computing and Data Science; MJD-CYBER Cybersecurity; MJD-DATSC Data Science; MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (Software Engineering); MJD-ICYDM International Cybersecurity and completion of at least 84 points, including (CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python (ID 411) or CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296)) and (CITS2002 Systems Programming (ID 4722) or CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms (ID 300) or CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science (ID 7427))
Advisable prior study:
(CITS1401 or CITS1001) and (CITS2002 or CITS2200 or CITS2402)
Contact hours
74 (lectures: 10 hours; project mentor sessions: 4 hours; project: 60 hours)
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.