CSC3032 : Major Project in Computer Science (Inactive)

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

1.       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. Projects will involve learning about some unfamiliar aspect of secure or resilient or distributed systems. In every project there will be a research component and a strong design, programming and/or analytic element.
2.       Supervision Arrangements: Each project has a lead supervisor and second supervisor, both staff from the School. Additional supervision support may be provided by an industrial partner. The student and lead supervisor will meet regularly throughout the period of the project.
3.       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.
4.       Development and Analytic Skills: The core of the project will involve carrying out the project plan largely independently, but with guidance from the supervisors.
5.       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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Guest lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Coursework 3
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Coursework 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion961:0096:00Coursework 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical162:0032:00Workshops
Guided Independent StudyProject work1701:00170:00Undertaking project practical implementation and evaluation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisor guidance
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study81:008:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In private study students will apply their knowledge of Computer Science to create a substantial piece of work on their own which tackles a significant problem within the subject area, with guidance from a supervisor. A series of lectures provides guidance for carrying out a major topic, and background material on research subjects, as well as guest lectures to add industrial, societal and academic relevance. practical workshops are made available on topics pertinent to project work and application. Regular supervisor meetings provide ongoing guidance.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M8010 pages to include figures, formal listings etc.
Poster2M10Equivalent 1000 words
Design/Creative proj2M1010 minute demonstration plus questions.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics form must be completed
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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