SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design – T1 2018

UNIT LEARNING OUTCOMES Within the SIT105 unit, we have four ‘Unit Learning Outcomes’ (ULO’s). For this assessment ask we are focusing on (ULO1) ‘Apply critical thinking techniques and IT discourse to identify and analyse problems from technical and non-technical perspectives.’ The assessment of this assignment will indicate whether students can partially attain this unit learning outcome. This assessment task is worth 15% of your final mark.
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The purpose of this assignment is to put yourself in the role of an employee of a technology company, you have received your first project and required to analyse the provided conversation taken from a meeting between you and your first client to ultimately determine the requirements, budget and timeline. In order to do this though, you have to diagnose general, vague, ambiguous statements, decipher the claims, produce issues, along with which problem-solving techniques would be suitable.
You have recently landed a new job position as a software developer at Boston Dynamics (, a groundbreaking engineering and robotics company. They build advanced robots for a variety of purposes. The company works internally and with clients on projects and then build a proof of concept, including developing AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithms to operate them, the engineering, mechanics and testing. Many of Boston Dynamics clients come from very large organizations and often for use within commercial and military environments.
Check out this video of one of Boston Dynamics popular robots named ‘Spot’: ‘Spot’ is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation.
You have been in this job position now for 2 months now and have assisted on various projects, you are now being given your first client as the lead AI designer and developer. This new client is Qantas ( You plan to meet with this new client along with your team consisting of a project manager and account manager. In the forthcoming meetings, you will attend, it will be primarily for your technical knowledge. You will be wanting to find out what the client is wanting and how to bring their ideas to fruition from a technological standpoint.
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SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design – T1 2018
The first meeting with the Qantas representative (Vice President of Autonomous Operations – Eliza Walsh) occurred at 9 am on Monday morning, you attended along with your team (BD). The transcript containing the crucial elements are below (this is not the entire conversation):
BD: Can you tell us a bit about your organization and the project you are looking to produce?
Qantas: We are the largest airline by fleet size in Australia and in terms of international flights and international destinations. We are the third oldest airline in the world and were founded November 1920. We are very profitable overall, however, our weakness is that we are wasting human resources where automation could take over. It is time to turn to technology. We are wishing to develop a new fully automated flying drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to take passengers on trips to Australia and Asia or USA, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
BD: What kinds of features do you envision that this drone will have?
Qantas: It should have a diverse blend of skills. It should be able to take off and land automatically all day or all night. Utilizing techniques such as image recognition and radar to determine other planes in the area, weather conditions and objects like birds. It should have infrared and night vision abilities. We also wish it to be able to fly very fast if need be and operate in hot or cold environments.
BD: Do you wish it to follow the existing designs of your fleet or something new? We have designers and engineering experts as part of our team, we can produce new and innovative models. As you might have seen with our ‘Spot’ robot model.
Qantas: Based on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A380 will be best for our purpose, as it can be more easily marketable and consistent or visible.
BD: What is the time frame you would like this completed by and what is your budget?
Qantas: We would like as fast as possible, and our budget is near 20 million dollars.
BD: We will come up with a cost figure after our meeting today and see if we can match that. Our production times usually always meet our expectations. We have a number of competitors who may do this cheaper, however, I can’t recommend them too highly.
Qantas: Have you developed anything similar before or will this be the first of its kind?
BD: This is the first automated drone which will carry passengers that we have developed, but we have other solutions we have produced which encompass a number of similar aspects. We can combine these various features to create something new for your purpose.
Qantas: How is the testing done to ensure it does what it is supposed to do?
BD: We usually create a digital model of the product first, testing it in a virtual world first and then proceed with constructing the live version. With the live version, we also have the ability to do testing, with our state of the art wind tunnels, labs and field environments.
BD: That is all we need for now we will produce a solid project proposal and get it to you as soon as possible.
Qantas: Excellent I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed our meeting. We will wait to hear back from you with a project proposal and timeline or budget! Any further questions I will be available for questions on your CloudDeakin Project (Assessment Task) Questions Area. Just post your questions there.
SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design – T1 2018
1. Read the following report from ‘The Center for Advanced Aviation System Development’. This article will discuss issues concerning the integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in civil airspace (
• Based on the report, what is the description of a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by The Office of the Secretary of
• What is the claim made in the report about the first truly remote-controlled aircraft?
2. From the meeting and other research, sources document five features you feel the proposed Qantas drone should have which will suit the client needs. Provide a brief critical analysis as to why they should be included.
3. Within the meeting transcript, please locate and list ten unique claims that you have found.
4. Create ten issues for all the claims you have discovered.
5. From the meeting transcript list:
• One general
• One vague
• One ambiguous statement.
6. As your role as the AI developer, present at least one question that you initially should have asked to get a clearer view of the project?
• Ensure you present this question in a critical way by explaining why you feel this question would help the project succeed?
7. We have looked at a range of problem-solving methods at the beginning of this unit. Choose from that list, one problem-solving method which will be useful for developing this project?
• Critically argue why this method would be useful and outline two main benefits.
8. Visit the Boston Dynamics website which mentions the WildCat robot
(, what is the first claim it makes about the engine and hydraulics?
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