CSC9Z* (Honours Project) Syllabus
- satisfactory completion of semester 6 modules
Students will learn:
to conduct a substantial and largely independent piece of work in a
- to document and verbally present such work
- an understanding of research methods
transferable skills in:
- undertaking supervised work
- applying research methods
- verbal and written communication
This module is mandatory for Honours students in Computing Science. Project
work is important for a number of reasons. It requires use of previously
acquired skills and knowledge, increasing the grasp of these. It is also
important to develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively.
Planning and organisation of time is essential since the project is a
large part of the final year.
The dissertation topic will be supervised by a member of the
Division's staff, and will therefore be agreed with this
supervisor. Throughout the project it is necessary to maintain regular
contact with the supervisor. Typically this requires weekly meetings.
Honours projects projects in Computing Science are designated CSC9Z7
(Business Computing, Computing Science, Information Systems, Software
Engineering). The topic of the project must match the intended degree. As
A Business Computing project might design, implement and evaluate an IT
solution for some business problem (e.g. customer relationship management
for a particular company).
A Computing Science project might design, implement and evaluate novel
algorithms for a scientific problem (e.g. analysing disease spread).
An Information System project might design, implement and evaluate an
information system to improve organisational effectiveness (e.g. managing
collective meeting schedules for a particular organisation).
A Software Engineering project might design, implement and evaluate a
substantial software solution for a problem that is not well supported
currently (e.g. a tool for creating Internet telephony services).
To obtain a grade, a student must submit the required coursework:
preliminary report, project poster, interim report, final report, project
diary, project source code, and seminar report(s). A student must also
present a poster and a talk on the project.
In this module the prescribed classes are the project seminars, department
seminars (as allocated), poster session, and project presentations. Failure
to attend at least two-thirds of prescribed classes will result in the
module grade being capped at a maximum of 3C for that module, unless good
cause for missing those classes can be shown. Responsibility for showing
good cause lies with the student.
Non-submission of any single item of assessed coursework will result in
the award of No Grade for the module as a whole. If you cannot meet a
deadline and have good cause, please see the coordinator to explain your
situation and ask for an extension. Coursework will be accepted up to
five days after the hand-in deadline (or expiry of any agreed extension)
but the grade will be lowered by one grade point per day or part thereof.
After five days the work will be deemed a non-submission and will receive
Projects last for two semesters and count as two modules, being assessed
entirely by Computing Science. Assessment is based on:
- interim report (20%)
- final report (80%)
Note that a pass in this module is mandatory for completion of an
Honours degree in Computing Science.
The book by Dawson is recommended, but the following general texts on
projects and communication skills may also be of help.
R. Barass. Scientists must write. Chapman and Hall, 1978, ISBN
British Computer Society. General information about membership and professional
issues, consulted Feburary 2010
G. V. Carey. Mind the Stop. Penguin, 1971, ISBN 0-140-51072-9
J. Comfort. Effective Presentations. Oxford University Press,
1995, ISBN 0-194-57065-7
C. W. Dawson. Computing Projects - A Student's Guide.
Prentice-Hall, 2000, ISBN 0-13-021972-X (Recommended)
H. W. Fowler and R. W. Burchfield. New Fowler's Modern English
Usage. Oxford University Press, 1996 (third edition),
C. Goodworth. Effective Speaking and Presentations. Wyvern
Business Library, 1980
Sir E. Gowers. The Complete Plain Words. Penguin, 1987, ISBN
Information Services. Dissertation Support. University of Stirling,
consulted Feburary 2010
Institution of Engineering and Technology. General information about
membership and professional issues, consulted Feburary 2010
A. Legout. How to give a good talk. INRIA, Sophia Antipolis,
consulted November 2010
E. H. Magill. Undertaking a
Project. University of Stirling, March 2011
L. Reynolds. Presentation of Data in Science. Martinus Nijhof,
Royal Literary Fund. Dissertation Writing, consulted February 2010
J. A. Sharp and K. Howard. The Management of a Student Research
Project. Gower, 1996 (second edition)
L. S. Smith. Preparing A
Poster. University of Stirling, November 2010
W. Strunk, Jr. The Elements of Style. Allyn and Bacon, 1995
(third edition), ISBN 0-205-19158-4
L. Truss. Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Fourth Estate, 2009, ISBN 978-0007329069.
C. Turk. Effective Speaking. E. and F. N. Spon Ltd., 1985
K. J. Turner. Research Themes in
Computing Science. University of Stirling, March 2011
K. J. Turner. Technical Writing
and Presentation. University of Stirling, March 2011
G. T. Vardaman. Making Successful Presentations. AMACOM, 1981
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