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CSC8199 : Project and Dissertation for MSc Cloud Computing

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Ezhilchelvan
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 45.0
European Credit Transfer System


The MSc course is strong on both theory and practice of distributed computing and hosting services on the cloud. The aim of this module is to provide ample scope for students to put the knowledge acquired in all the previous modules to work by carrying out a challenging project work on using clouds and cloud-based technologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are expected to choose a project from a list offered by potential supervisors, who could be
from the School or from an Industry.
Suitable projects involve students in learning about some unfamiliar aspect of using cloud for hosting and managing applications and services, and applying what they've learned to a realistic problem. Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of research and/or programming as a part of their project.
Students are expected to provide an interim report after 10 weeks into the project, documenting their progress to date and future plans. At the end of the project, they would give a presentation about their project-work and hand in a substantial report.
The work accomplished is expected to advance the state of art and to lead to publications in good quality workshops and conferences.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion724:00288:00Writing dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work996:00594:00Undertaking project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision181:0018:00Supervisor meetings. via pip
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students spend time with a supervisor for their project. Further practical work takes place during the private study hours.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M7Interim Report. Max 5 pages.
Dissertation3M8540 pages excluding appendices
Prof skill assessmnt3M8Presentation slides and demonstration documentation
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics Form
Design/Creative projMDemonstration of software
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The interim report provides a means of assessing the project aims, methodology and planning. The presentation and demonstration provide for an assessment of student’s skills at communicating work to a broader audience. The dissertation provides for an assessment of professional skills in research and development, analysis, and detailed technical communication.

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