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SENG580 Research Project

A supervised project involving research and leading to the production of a research report.

SENG 580 involves the study of a topic in software engineering of interest to the research community. The results of the study - including both a summary of the existing research or the existing technology of interest as well as a description of the theoretical, experimental or practical investigations that were undertaken and validated - are to be presented in the form of a written dissertation at the end of the year. Overall, the work should provide a contribution to the understanding of the software engineering field and should also demonstrate the student's capability of carrying out research and providing constructive criticism and skills in reporting the results of such work clearly and accurately.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code SENG580
Subject Software Engineering
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,309.34
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Co-ordinator: Dr Grant Dick

Teaching staff

Various research staff of the Information Science and Computer Science departments.

Paper Structure
The paper structure involves supervised research over the course of a calendar year. Normally, students will attend classroom-based sessions covering research methods during the first six weeks of the year.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this paper, students should be able to:

  • Carry out a self-contained piece of research under supervision using appropriate methods and practices in information science
  • Critically evaluate their own and others' research

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 30, 39