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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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials140:307:00Short 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 work803:00240:00Undertaking project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00PiP surgeries by appointment 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
Total400:00
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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Powerpoint slides Demonstration of proposed project (slides with commentary or video demo)
Design/Creative proj2M10Demonstration of software/deliverables of the project & poster
Dissertation2M80Word limit: 15,000
Research proposal1M5Project proposal
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics Form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Writing exercise provides practice and assessment of technical writing. Presentation assesses oral presentation skills and students' planning and understanding of their project topic. Other formative coursework in semester 1 practices information literacy skills. The poster and demonstration coursework enable a student to demonstrate their skills in presenting information and consolidating project work. The dissertation is a final consolidation of the skills outcomes.

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