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CSC8099 : Project and Dissertation for MSc Computer Science

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ellis Solaiman
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To enable students to develop and apply their software engineering skills to a substantial problem.
To provide an opportunity to pursue original research.
To give experience in working independently, with a minimum of external structuring.

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.
Students are expected to hand in a dissertation at the end of Semester 3.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion224:0088:00Writing dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work995:00495:00Undertaking project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision161:0016:00Supervisor meetings [online synchronous, or PiP depending on the requirements of each project]
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Introductory lecture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to undertake a substantial piece of work on their own with guidance from a supervisor.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M100Max 20,000 words
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics Form
Design/Creative projMDemonstration of software or presentation of research findings
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will work independently, while being supervised by an academic member of the School.

The project will require the students to perform research in Computing Science topics that they are not yet familiar with. The project will also provide students with opportunities to apply their newly acquired software engineering skills.

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