Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

CSC8702 : Group Project and Research in Smart Systems

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       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, abilities and skills. Choice of group organisation 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 findings in a short oral presentation. Team members will write a short final individual report outlining their contributions and the lessons that they have learned from the project in terms of their own continuing professional development needs.
4.       Research literature: technical reports, conference proceedings, journals, locating and accessing information. The role of peer review in research.
5.       Mini-conference: teams will work together to prepare and present results of a research investigation in a topic in smart systems
6.       Lectures from researchers in smart systems topics
7.       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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Individual reflection
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Group application development
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Group research coursework
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00Research
Guided Independent StudyProject work401:0040:00Individual contribution to group projcect
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity401:0040:00Formal/informal meetings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Lecture follow-up
Total200:00
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
Report2M20Group report: 1500 words
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Group development presentation
Report2M15Individual contribution: 500 words
Reflective log2M10Reflection on group work: 500 words
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Individual literature review: 500 words
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Group research 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.

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