CSC8106 : System Evaluation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to teach students generic principles for design and evaluation of computer and communication systems, including large scale enterprise systems and other Internet-based systems. The course aims at providing rigorous approaches, including those based on quantitative measurable techniques. Students that have taken this module will learn about a set of techniques and tools that makes them better equipped to design large systems, assess problems in existing systems and dimension or configure existing systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design and Evaluation Processes
Model-based approaches
Quantitative approaches throughout system design, deployment and lifecycle
Metrics, metrology and computer system measurement approaches
Model-based approaches for planning and dimensioning of large scale systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion280:3014:00Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work121:0012:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be 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.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M20development of web applications coursework (18 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will consist of a set of questions requiring the students to show depth of understanding of a significant number of the concepts introduced. The coursework assesses practical application of taught material by developing web applications.

Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in the MOF.

N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.

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