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CSC8106 : System Evaluation (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nigel Thomas
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

Model-based approaches to system evaluation
Quantitative approaches throughout system design, deployment and lifecycle
Metrics, metrology and computer system measurement approaches

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Present in person teaching, with non-synhronous online lecture material available.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:0016:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00PIP practical support with synchronous online option available. Asynchronous support: email/ Teams
Guided Independent StudyProject work281:0028:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Background 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. 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M100development of modelling coursework (28 hours)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MTool exercise - Individual exercise to install and use modelling tool
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework assesses practical application of taught material by developing and analysing models using an appropriate modelling tool.

Reading Lists