provide students with the practical skills that can only be gleaned from the experience of undertaking independent (supervised) research.
provide students with experience of writing a substantial academic report.
Module learning outcomes
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) research. The student will also have the experience of having written a substantial academic report.
Specifically, the student should be able to do the following.
Demonstrate that they have acquired specialisation in a particular part of Computer Science or Mathematics, including enhanced or new technical skills that build on taught theory. Examined in the overall project report.
Demonstrate that they have engaged in research and critical understanding of advanced scholarship in their chosen area. Examined in the project literature review and evaluation.
Contribute in an original way to an established area of research or development, demonstrating a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Examined in the overall project report. The project report must present some original (and relevant) contribution. It may present a new approach to a known problem, or an existing approach applied to a new class of problems. It may present a new analysis or critique of well-known work. It may devise a new method, or extend an existing method into new areas. The student should be able to clearly identify what is new and to evaluate the contribution made.
Formulate a moderate sized problem, to select and justify an appropriate approach, and to follow the approach systematically. Examined in the design/implementation chapters of the project.
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. Examined in the design/implementation chapters of the project.
Appreciate the latent issues of the subject area (for example, in software engineering they should have met and tackled issues such as emergent requirements, design flaws, equipment/application problems). Examined in the project design/implementation and evaluation chapters.
Prepare a written report on the work done, according to the defined criteria, and of a standard that would be acceptable for wider publication. In particular, the student should be able to prepare a report the structure and presentation of which is uncontentious, and in which the referencing is of publishable academic standard. The report must demonstrate critical abilities and evaluation of work done and methods applied. Examined in the overall project report.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal, ethical, social, professional and commercial issues involved in the project.
These outcomes are based on FHEQ "M" level requirements, 2003.
Feedback on written report draft (where draft provided to supervisor in a timely manner).
Written feedback after written project report.
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