Module ICP-4191:
Comp-Project and Dissertation

Module Facts

Run by Computer Science

60 Credits or 30 ECTS Credits

Semester 3

Organiser: Dr William Teahan

Overall aims and purpose

To conduct project work that is at near or actual state of the art research level and to present this work as a written dissertation

Course content

• In addition to the subject areas directly relevant to a particular project (A1), the project work covers implementation and technology related issues (A2); design, application and deployment (A3); Scientific method, transferable skills (A4) and science & engineering practice (A5).

• Science and engineering practice – project planning and solving problems (A5)

• Scientific Method – (A4)

• Science and Engineering Practice – (A5)

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria

  threshold

Reasonable effort from student but perhaps with some gaps in student understanding. Achieves 50 - 60%.

good

Good effort from student and few or no significant gaps in understanding. Achieves 60 - 70%.

excellent

Outstanding report that may be of or near publishable quality. Achieves 70% or above.

Demonstrate the worth of the project work carried out showing a grasp of the context of its findings

Reasonable effort from student but perhaps with some gaps in student understanding. Most of work is correct but may be incomplete. Project has some definite achievements. Good effort from student and few or no significant gaps in understanding. Most or all major objectives achieved and solid report produced that will be of interest to future generations of students and may be basis for further work Outstanding report that may be of or near publishable quality. Report may be published on the Web and is certainly correct in all aspects and as complete as might reasonably be expected in the time available.

Demonstrate understanding of the agreed project scope and subject matter and formulate a simple project plan

Reiterate the project overview in the student’s own words. Describe the project aims and objectives with signs of original thinking, and recognize the critical aspects of the project. Show a clear understanding of the project objectives and work components, and the critical aspects of the project.

Show a firm grasp of the background material to the project and demonstrate that student has “taken ownership” of the project

Reasonable effort made to achieve aims of the project Good performance showing competence and initiative with work correct in most respects Full understanding of the work and indicating a significant contribution.

Show an ability to carry out project work diligently, to a schedule and with an ability to think independently

The student has performed adequately on the project and has carried out the project to base level satisfaction with some definite achievements. The student has made a substantial contribution to the project and has shown a responsible and diligent attitude towards the project. The student has driven the project hard and shown talent and enthusiasm for the work and demonstrates the ability to carry out research level work.

Identify and address legal, social, ethical and professional issues

The student has adequately identified and addressed where necessary relevant LSEP issues in the dissertation. The student has produced a good discussion that has identified and addressed where necessary relevant LSEP issues in the dissertation. The student has produced an outstanding discussion that has identified and addressed where necessary relevant LSEP issues in the dissertation.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Project & Dissertation 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Including weekly meetings with supervisor directions and background reading of research literature and other dissertations

600

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Analyse if/how a system meets current and future requirements
  • Deploy theory in design, implementation and evaluation of systems
  • Recognise legal, social, ethical & professional issues
  • Knowledge of management techniques to achieve objectives
  • Specify, design or construct computer-based systems
  • Evaluate systems in terms of quality and trade-offs
  • Deploy tools effectively
  • Development of general transferable skills
  • Defining problems, managing design process and evaluating outcomes
  • System Design
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain computer-based systems
  • Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines

Courses including this module