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CSC8702 : Group Project and Research in Smart Systems (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor John Fitzgerald
  • Lecturer: Dr Sergiy Bogomolov
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To gain and reflect on the experience of applying the techniques taught in preceding modules to the analysis and development of smart systems.
•       To gain experience of working in groups and to solve problems, design and implement a system under time and resource constraints, practising relevant professional skills.
•       To gain experience of reading and interpreting the professional and research literature.
•       To gain experience of collaborative research
•       To gain an insight into current and future developments in smart systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Team Working: the basics of successful team working in systems analysis and development.
Teams of 5-7 members will be selected by the module leaders, mixing backgrounds and skills. Choice of group organization is left to the group, subject to the constraints of the problem. At the end of the project, there will be an opportunity to debrief with faculty members and with other students and to share experience of good and bad practice in team working.
2.       Development: Development will involve research, requirements elicitation, modelling and analysis. Selection of development methods and tools will be done by each group.
3.       Reporting: Oral and written reporting of technical progress;
The project constraints will define technical deliverables. Teams will be invited to present progress in a short oral presentation and will deliver a final report, including short statements from individual members outlining their contributions and the lessons that they have learned from the project in terms of their own continuing professional development needs.
4.       The Smart Systems Research Literature: the peer review process; understanding, searching and appraising literature including technical reports, conference proceedings, journals of record; identifying information need, locating and accessing information.
5.       Lectures from researchers in smart systems topics
6.       Ethical issues in academic and professional research work

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lectures in group work, research methods and guest researcher talks in person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Group research coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Group application development
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Individual reflection
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00Research
Guided Independent StudyProject work401:0040:00Individual contribution to group project
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity401:0040:00Formal/informal meetings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

Project meetings both formal and informal will provide team members with the opportunity to follow progress and address team issues. Students will work independently (or in small sub-groups) outside the project meetings to work on their part of the project.

Individual research skills are developed thorough directed research and reading, background reading and coursework completion.

Students are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M75Group report: 1500 words, including summaries of individual contributions (500 words)
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Individual Literature review: 500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MGroup presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework-based group assessment gives a chance to assess the application of knowledge in a practical context, and skills on a substantial, realistic, open-ended problem.
The group work report is used to award a group mark to each group. This mark is combined with an individual mark awarded to each group member based on their submitted Individual Report.
The group research presentation provides an opportunity to assess practical research and communication skills in a collaborative environment, leading to an individual literature review.

Reading Lists