Student capstone program

About the program

The Deakin School of Information Technology Student Industry Capstone (DISC) program places final-year students in multidisciplinary teams to experiment and develop industry-relevant IT projects. Following the Spotify product development framework in an agile environment, multiple parent ‘company’ tribes are formed and made up of multiple product ‘squads’. This product development methodology is used in many start-up and large technology companies. Taking part in the program gives Deakin students an advantage of understanding and experiencing this product development environment so they can succeed in and add value to the industry upon entering the workplace.

How it works

Due to the year-long requirement of DISC, each squad consists of a team of junior and senior students from all disciplines of IT courses. Each trimester, juniors will graduate to become seniors in their tribe and new juniors join the following term. Senior students lead and mentor their junior teammates and hand over responsibilities once the trimester ends, ensuring continuity of the project over multiple trimesters.

Students work within agile product development sprints. Academic mentors and professional industry coaches help students to scope product requirements and best practices. Students receive feedback from mentors and coaches, enabling them to iterate and incorporate improvements between sprints. New product features may be pitched to a squad each trimester, or an entirely new product line can be created. As products become more mature, some may be deployed and commercialised by Deakin or industry partners.

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The final-year program challenges students to apply knowledge and skills gained across their studies to develop innovative technology products for real-world scenarios and become ready as next generation technologists.

Student projects

The following are some examples of projects our students have completed that showcase the great collaboration between what we teach at Deakin and our industry connections.

DriveED for refugees and CALD individuals

Around 4000 refugees settle in Victoria each year, with another 10,000 arriving as asylum seekers (Vic Health, 2016). As they settle into their lives in Australia, there are many challenges that they face, including everyday challenges such as transporting themselves to a job interview, dropping off a child at school, or going to a doctor’s appointment.

DriveEd is a web and mobile app that allows users to toggle between English and Arabic to take practice VicRoads’ written driving tests. In DriveEd, users take the test via the feedback or practice mode. Feedback mode lets users know if their answers are right or wrong in real-time; immediately prompting the correct answer. Practice mode doesn't let the user know what their results are until the end of the test. The goal of DriveEd is to help individuals to pass their driver’s test and give them the confidence to get on the road.

The Serene Beach Calming Experience – in partnership with Luminal VR

Everyone encounters stressors in their professional and personal life. According to Healthline, stress hormones trigger your body’s 'flight or fight' responses and can put your health at serious risk.

The vision of the Serene Beach Calming Experience is to provide an easy, quick and effective way to reduce stress and establish general wellbeing for users. Short-term ways to alleviate stress include engaging in some type of entertainment or going for a walk, but many people don't have the time nor the mobility to leave their homes for these solutions.

The Serene Beach Calming Experience provides a five-minute guided experience where users are immersed in a calm and tranquil beach setting that engages their senses to help them relax. This experience is aimed to create increased mindfulness and ground users in the present.

Image Recognition application – in partnership with Oldowan

Our industry partner Oldowan focuses on environmental auditing HVAC (heating, ventilating, air-conditioning) of large organisations and their assets. They send teams to audit the number of air-conditioners, heating vents, lights, etc. in large buildings and centres. However, this process is tedious, time-consuming and labour-intensive.

The Image Recognition application developed by DISC students makes the process more efficient. The application’s back end is an image-storing database that feeds into a machine-learning algorithm to automatically detect energy-consuming devices captured within a digital image. The front end allows for manual annotation and identification of the devices within the captured images.

Deakin DISCovery Lab

The DISCovery Lab provides the design thinking and ideation space for students completing the capstone program. The agile and collaborative lab set-up provides a taste of the real world, featuring high-end workstations and equipment and flexible learning spaces that mimic modern-day work environments.

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Our courses

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