Module Title:   Final Year Project

Module Credit:   40

Module Code:   CM-0347K

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Project 20+20

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Professor Daniel Neagu

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr A J Cullen

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
To provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge assimilated and imparted during the previous years of your course, and advance your problem solving skills through the solution of a problem normally involving the practical development of a product or process. To develop your ability to plan and implement project activities so as to achieve an agreed set of objectives in a given time-scale.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
You will carry out an individual project, on a theme agreed with a project supervisor with the guidance of the project supervisor. Project organization and assessment are described in detail in the Project Resources and explained by the module coordinator in lectures and seminars. Throughout the duration of the project, you will assemble evidence for your portfolio. This will include: An oral presentation and accompanying documentation based on a submitted target specification (used to assess project planning, scheduling, progress and communication skills); progress reports and minutes, including feedback from supervisor during the regular, timetabled meetings; mid-project design and development draft presentation; oral and written feedback given; project showcase material; project demonstration documentation and feedback (the showcase material and/or project demonstration are also shown at a School showcase event); related reflective pieces. The project deliverables (final technical report, portfolio and prototype demonstration and documentation) are used to assess the overall project outcomes and your communication skills. The supervisor assesses the project work throughout the project using the portfolio as evidence of work carried out. Written feedback is provided after the final assessments. You must pass Assessment 1 in order to pass the module. Supplementary assessment will address deficiencies in the original attempt.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   352.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   24.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   400.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate you have undertaken a major piece of work relating to a theme in the subject area, including its planning, scheduling and reporting, taking responsibility for the successful completion of many interdependent activities; acquire up to date and relevant information and justify your choice of methods and techniques in a rigorous manner; and, typically, apply scientific and/or software principles to the solution of a practical problem. Be able to reflect on work carried out and carry out a critical review of the issues relating to computing as a professional discipline.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

devise and recommend solutions to programming problems by applying scientific and software principles to the solution of practical subject area related problems; acquire up to date and relevant information and justify your choice of methods and techniques in a rigorous manner. Demonstrate your understanding of wider areas of interest, issues related to developing as a professional and show a rigorous approach to the management of a large project.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

carry out project planning, scheduling and reporting, and take responsibility for the successful outcome of your work; present findings clearly and unambiguously, using improved oral and written communication skills. You will also have enhanced research, design and development skills. Be able to assess own progress iteratively in response to feedback. Reflect on own progress and identify realistic goals. Produce balanced arguments based on evidence. Be able to develop a portfolio and present own solution using communication means.

  Coursework   75%
 
  A project to include a report approximately 50 pages
  Coursework   25%
 
  A portfolio of evidence of the project report process and relevant related material.

Outline Syllabus:
An individual project, agreed after discussion between student and supervisor, which requires the student to absorb relevant background information from various sources prior to proceeding to solve a challenging technical problem. The activities could include project specification, project planning, defining a solution, detailed design, implementation and testing. The student will be required to produce documentation and to communicate their work.

A portfolio of evidence will be compiled that should include both details of the project process and related professional and legislative issues. Activities will include developing report writing, presentation, project management and research skills, producing reflective work, developing skills necessary for a professional within industry, developing an awareness of related legislation, and professionalism.

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