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Individual Project in Advanced Computer Science - COM00140M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Simon Foster
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aims of this module are to:
allow students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Computer Science.
provide a culmination of taught material, in a substantial ISM
support synthesis and application of material from the taught degree course
demonstrate an appreciation of engineering and/or scientific methods and techniques, through coverage, as appropriate, of requirements, specification, design, implementation and evaluation (an engineering "lifecycle") for an implementation-oriented project, or a scientific lifecycle (hypothesis generation, experimental design, implementation and evaluation etc.) for a more experimentally-oriented project, or other appropriate systematic and rigorous approach depending on the problem.

Module learning outcomes

P401 Acquire specialisation in a particular part of the subject area, including enhanced or new technical skills that buildon taught theory. Examined in the overall project report.

P402 Conduct an investigation in an area that involves some element of novelty or originality, and critically evaluate the results of the work. Examined in the development and evaluation sections of the project report.

P403 Carry out research, critically engaging with research literature, and identify a clearly articulated line of enquiry. Examined in the literature review and evaluation sections of the project report.

P404 Contribute to an established area of research or development, demonstrating understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Examined in the overall project report.

P405 Recognise alternative approaches, selecting and justifying the approach taken at each point in the report, identifying parts of the project area that are feasible within the time constraints of the project. Analyse limitations of work undertaken, and identify potential directions for future study.

P406 Prepare a written report on the work done, according to the defined criteria (supplied separately), aiming for a standard that would be acceptable for wider publication.

P407 Account for and reflect on appropriate legal, ethical, social, professional and commercial issues involved in the project. Document this in the project report.

P408 Express questions for investigation in the field of Computer Science in a clear and concise way, providing information about the key motivations for investigating those questions.


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
Individual Project Report - Advanced Computer Science (PACS)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

PACS is examined by a 14 page academic paper (in IEEE format).



Module feedback

Feedback on written draft (where draft provided to supervisor in a timely manner).
Written feedback after concise paper submitted

Indicative reading

1. Dawson, C. W. (2015) Projects in Computing and Information Systems. 3rd edn. Addison-Wesley

2. Gowers, E. (2015) Plain Words. Penguin

3. Kopka, H. and Daly, P.W. (1999) A guide to LaTeX: Document Preparation for Beginners and Advanced Users, 3rd edn. Addison-Wesley

4. Zobel, J. (2015) Writing for Computer Science, 3rd edn. Springer

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.