|CSCU9Z7 Honours Projects Autumn/Spring 2017-18|
The Honours project is a substantial, individual piece of work carried out by the student over a two semester period (Autumn/Spring), usually including preparatory work during the preceding Summer break. Although the project is often the systematic development of a software application, it could also be a technology comparison, or more innovative or experimental research work (possibly in collaboration with one of the Division's research teams). Projects are supervised by members of the Division's teaching staff. The project gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate and consolidate previously acquired skills and knowledge, increasing the grasp of these. It is also important for developing the ability to communicate ideas effectively. Planning and organisation of time is essential since the project is a large part of the final year.
Students will learn:
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 in Computing Science are available in various single and combined Honours degree programmes, each designated by the code CSCU9Z7. The topic of the project must match the intended degree. As examples:
Where a project extends a previous one, it is particularly important to distinguish the work of the new project from what has been previously undertaken.
Where a project is comparative in nature, e.g. assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different packages or methodologies, it is important to establish in advance clear criteria for the comparison.
During the project, the student is required to complete the following deliverable components/activities:
The student is also required to submit an electronic copy of their project source code and other materials.
Non-submission/completion of any single item of required work will result in the award of No Mark 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 seven days after the hand-in deadline (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the mark will be lowered by three marks per day or part thereof. After seven days the work will be deemed a non-submission and will receive No Mark.
In this module the prescribed classes are the project training seminars, and the division research seminars (as allocated). Failure to attend at least two-thirds of prescribed classes will result in the module mark being capped at a maximum of 40 for the module, unless good cause for missing those classes can be shown. Responsibility for showing good cause lies with the student.
Note that a pass in this module is mandatory for completion of an Honours degree in Computing Science. The project may not be passed By Compensation, although the Examiners may allow a student to re-write and re-submit their dissertation if a fail mark is obtained.
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