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Project: Computer Science - COM00015H

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Simon Foster
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24 to Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

The aims of this module are to provide a culmination of three years' teaching in a substantial independent study module. The project provides an introduction to independent study in an engineering context, supports synthesis and application of material from the degree course, and gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate an appreciation of engineering methods and techniques, through coverage of requirements, ethical considerations, specification, design, implementation and evaluation. On completion of the project, the student will have gained the practical skills that can only be gleaned from the experience of undertaking independent (supervised) study. The student will also have the experience of having written a substantial academic report.

Module learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate acquired specialisation in a particular part of the subject area, including enhanced or new technical skills that build on taught theory.

  2. Demonstrate acquired skills to undertake a computer systems (software and/or hardware) engineering project, including design, implementation and evaluation.

  3. Demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge.

  4. Recognise alternatives, selecting and justifying the approach taken at each point in the report, identifying parts of the project area that are feasible within the time (etc) constraints of the project.

  5. Appreciate the latent issues of the subject area (for example, in software engineering they might meet and tackle such as emergent requirements, design flaws, equipment/application problems).

  6. Prepare a written report on the work done, according to the defined criteria. In particular, the student should be able to prepare a report with a good structure and clear presentation, and in which the referencing is of publishable academic standard. The report must demonstrate critical abilities and evaluation of work done and methods applied.

  7. Articulates an understanding of legal, ethical, social, professional and commercial issues involved in the project, detailing potential issues and mitigation strategies.

  8. Summarise the context, method, results, and implications of the project in an engaging form for a non-expert audience.


Task Length % of module mark
University - project
Essay : Project Report (PRBX)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - project
Essay : Project Report (PRBX)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on written report draft (where draft provided to supervisor in a timely manner).
Written feedback after written project report.

Indicative reading

*** Dawson, C. W Projects in Computing and Information Systems. Addison-Wesley 2005

*** Gowers, E. The complete plain words. Penguin 1987

*** Kopka, H and Daly, P.W. A guide to LATEX : document preparation for beginners and advanced users, 3rd edn. Addison-Wesley 1999

*** Zobel, J. Writing for computer science, 2nd edn. Springer 2004

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.