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Module

CSC3095 : Project and Dissertation in Computing Science

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Chris Napier
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

To introduce the research methods and skills relevant to Computing projects.
To provide an opportunity for students to conduct research into an unfamiliar aspect of Computing Science.
To enable students to develop and apply computing skills to a substantial problem.
To provide an opportunity for students to synthesise what they’ve learned from other modules.
To give students experience of working independently.

Original Summary:
Your Stage 3 project is a key part of your work, and assessment, in the final year of your degree programme. Successful projects require a number of additional skills over and above the technical skills concerned with the actual “doing” of the project. The project module introduces those skills, and the research methods required, by applying them in the context of your project. You will establish the objectives and plan how to achieve them, conduct the project and produce a dissertation documenting the full project development and evaluating its success against its objectives. Students taking this module as part of a specialist degree programme are expected to undertake a project in that specialism.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are expected to choose a project from a list offered by potential supervisors, or to propose their own project and find a suitable supervisor.
Suitable projects are likely to involve students in learning about some unfamiliar aspect of Computing Science, and applying what they've learned to a realistic problem. Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of programming as part of their project.
Taught content:
- Undertaking a project (types of project, project selection).
- The student-supervisor relationship: expectations and responsibilities.
- Project planning and time management
- Experimental design and planning
- Planning, conducting and evaluating literature surveys
- Data collection techniques: case studies, user surveys, observational studies, simulations.
- Presentation techniques.
- Technical writing.
- Research Ethics
Following the taught content students will undertake the main development work for their project.
In the second semester students will produce a poster summarising the project and a dissertation, and demonstrate what they have achieved.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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