CSC3095 : Project and Dissertation in Computing Science
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Mr Matthew Collison
- Other Staff: Dr Lindsay Marshall
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||30|
To introduce the research methods and skills relevant to Computing projects.
To provide an opportunity for students to conduct research into an unfamiliar aspect of Computing Science.
To enable students to develop and apply computing skills to a substantial problem.
To provide an opportunity for students to synthesise what they’ve learned from other modules.
To give students experience of working independently.
Your Stage 3 project is a key part of your work, and assessment, in the final year of your degree programme. Successful projects require a number of additional skills over and above the technical skills concerned with the actual “doing” of the project. The project module introduces those skills, and the research methods required, by applying them in the context of your project. You will establish the objectives and plan how to achieve them, conduct the project and produce a dissertation documenting the full project development and evaluating its success against its objectives. Students taking this module as part of a specialist degree programme are expected to undertake a project in that specialism.
Outline Of Syllabus
Students are expected to choose a project from a list offered by potential supervisors, or to propose their own project and find a suitable supervisor.
Suitable projects are likely to involve students in learning about some unfamiliar aspect of Computing Science, and applying what they've learned to a realistic problem. Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of programming as part of their project.
- Undertaking a project (types of project, project selection).
- The student-supervisor relationship: expectations and responsibilities.
- Project planning and time management
- Experimental design and planning
- Planning, conducting and evaluating literature surveys
- Data collection techniques: case studies, user surveys, observational studies, simulations.
- Presentation techniques.
- Technical writing.
- Research Ethics
Following the taught content students will undertake the main development work for their project.
In the second semester students will produce a poster summarising the project and a dissertation, and demonstrate what they have achieved.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||62||2:00||124:00||Writing dissertation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||7||1:00||7:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||1:00||7:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||82||3:00||246:00||Undertaking project|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||16||1:00||16:00||Supervisor meetings|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures cover the research methods material, in private study students will apply the material to a substantial piece of work on their own, with guidance from a supervisor.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research proposal||1||M||5||Project proposal|
|Design/Creative proj||1||M||5||Demonstration of software|
|Dissertation||1||M||80||Word limit: 15,000|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||5||Powerpoint slides|
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
|Prof skill assessmnt||M||Ethics Form|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Writing exercise provides practice and assessment of technical writing. Presentation assesses oral presentation skills and students' planning and understanding of their project topic. Other formative coursework in semester 1 practices information literacy skills. The poster and demonstration coursework enable a student to demonstrate their skills in presenting information and consolidating project work. The dissertation is a final consolidation of the skills outcomes.