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CSC8409 : Capstone Project for Data Analytics Degree Apprenticeship

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tong Xin
  • 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: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


This individual work-based project is a substantial piece of independent work which is designed based on your job role and the specialism that you are undertaking as part of the Digital and Technology Solution Specialist Master’s Degree. You are expected to solve real-world problem, focus on live business scenarios, develop your own specialist expertise in the project topic, and further improve and demonstrate your professional development skills. You will work closely with your employer, academic supervisor and the apprenticeship skill coach.

Specifically, the module aims to equip the apprentices with the following knowledge and skills:
• To deepen the core professional competencies and Data Analytics specialist KSBs (Knowledge, Skills, and
Behaviours) acquired in the programme through practice.
• To develop an awareness of the range and limitations of technologies available.
• To develop an awareness of the real-world problems in Data Science.

Outline Of Syllabus

Toward the end of the programme, a lead academic supervisor accompanied by multiple academic supervisors will agree upon a business-related project with the apprentice’s employer and the apprentices based on the apprentice’s job role and specialism that they are undertaking as part of the Digital and Technology Solution Specialist Master’s Degree. The independent assessor of the EPA (End Point Assessment) should present the meeting for finalising the topic for the capstone project. If the apprentice or their employer needs to change the capstone project scope, they must resubmit a project proposal for the EPA Assessor to approve.

The agreed project will present a typical business task appropriate for demonstrating the skills and knowledge on the standard. In every project, there will be a research component and a strong design, programming and/or analytic element.

1. Project Definition and Planning: The agreed project will be comparable in terms of content and complexity
for all apprentices – it is the context within which the knowledge and skills must be demonstrated that will
vary. The project is undertaken and completed on programme and pre- gateway to the EPA (End Point
Assessment). The project itself is not part of the EPA.
2. Supervision: Each project has at least one academic supervisor from the School and one partner supervisor
from the apprentice’s employer. The apprentices and the supervisor will meet regularly throughout the period
of the project.
3. Research: Background research will be undertaken in the selected topic with access to the library and online
4. Development and Analytics Skills: The core of the project will involve carrying out the project plan largely
independently, but with guidance from the supervisors.
5. Dissertation: A dissertation will be prepared, describing the technical background, the work undertaken, the
analysis of results and directions for further work. Guidance on the style and content of a dissertation
will be provided by means of lectures and through the supervisor.
6. Project presentation: apprentices will demonstrate their ability to communicate their work to the

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion441:0044:00Formative assessment. Submit draft interim report for feedback
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion232:0046:00Dissertation writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:303:30Ethics form
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00PIP sessions for module overview, expectations, create plan of action
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading232:0046:00Background research for dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00PIP sessions for interactive activities and reflective discussion
Guided Independent StudyProject work4001:00400:00Undertaking a work-based capstone project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery460:3023:00PIP/online discussion with DPD
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision231:0023:00Asynchronous supervisor meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time10:300:30Oral Examination PIP or online synchronous
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The project is undertaken with a lead academic supervisor, working collaboratively with the apprentice's employer. There will be a designated Skill Coach to offer additional assistance or advice.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M100Word count: 10,000 words (+/-10%)
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics form
PortfolioMThis entry is to inform whether the student has passed the End Point Assessment.
Oral ExaminationMStructured discussion inc. a demo of the software implementation & a reflection on the key areas of personal skills & prof behaviour
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Dissertation2MSubmit an up to 2,500 word draft dissertation for feedback.
Research proposal2MProject proposal for supporting the supervisor allocation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final dissertation allows apprentices to apply their accumulative knowledge and skills in their area of speciality to an agreed upon project by themselves, their employer and university supervisors. The formative assessment of writing an interim report will help apprentices prepare their final report. A presentation at the end of the module will provide an opportunity to showcase their projects to each-other and their employers. Overall the project, dissertation and oral presentation should help prepare apprentices towards the apprenticeship Gateway, Project Report and EPA.

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