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CSC3032 : Major Project in Computer Science (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sergiy Bogomolov
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


•       To deepen the knowledge and skills acquired in the rest of the programme through practice.
•       To develop an awareness of the range and limitations of technologies available for the analysis and development of secure or resilient or distributed systems.
•       To enhance research skills and awareness of the professional literature.
•       To develop an awareness of open problems in the subject.

The individual project is a substantial piece of independent work involving the technical and research skills developed in the taught part of the degree. You will have the opportunity to contribute directly to research or development activities, develop your own specialist expertise in the project topic, and further improve your planning and communication skills. You will work closely with a member of staff from one of the School's research groups, and you may also be working with an industrial partner (possibly in an industry laboratory). The project culminates in a report.

Outline Of Syllabus

Project Definition and Planning: Bounding and clarifying a problem for research. Planning background research, identifying relevant information sources. Decomposing a problem and forming a project outline in terms of goals and criteria for success. Identifying resources and tooling required. Students will either select a project from a list offered by potential supervisors or propose and refine a project proposal with an academic supervisor. In every project there will be a research component and a design, programming and/or analytic element.
1.       Research: Background research will be undertaken in the selected topic using the skills developed in earlier modules with access to library and online resources. The supervisor will advise on quality of sources and standards in the topic area.
2.       Development and Analytic Skills: The core of the project will involve carrying out the project plan largely independently, but with guidance from the supervisor.
3.       Report: A report 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 an academic dissertation will be provided by means of examples and through the supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Short videos and ‘bites’ of content covering research skills. One off session Q&A available online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion71:007:00lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion622:00124:00Writing dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work1230:00230:00undertaking project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00PiP employability sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00PiP surgeries by appointment if possible or phone call/live chat with module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision161:0016:00Supervisor meetings - available online or PiP depending on preference of student and supervisor
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures cover the research methods material, in private study students will apply the material to a substantial piece of work on their own, with guidance from a supervisor. Employability sessions will help prepare students for work and will include invited talks from industry.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M80word limit 15,000
Design/Creative proj2M1010 minute demonstration plus questions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The poster and demonstration coursework enable a student to demonstrate their skills in presenting information and consolidating project work. The report is a final consolidation of the skills outcomes.

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