|CSCU9Z7 Honours Projects Autumn/Spring 2017-18|
At the final stage, during the Spring semester, you are required:
Please consult the deadlines to see when each item is due.
Copyright in reports and project results lies with the student and supervisor. You must acknowledge any material you use that was produced by others, and must obtain permission to reproduce copyright material.
All project students are expected to attend all the presentations.
You must submit three unbound paper copies of the final report ("Honours Dissertation"). See the separate note about formatting and printing reports. The Division will bind the copies you submit. In addition, you must submit a digital copy of your report, your code and other project materials to the project repository.
One copy of the report will be returned to you after assessment, one will be retained by your supervisor, and one will be lodged in the Division's library. The Division may select the best reports for entry into competitions such as the "Young Software Engineer" award organised by the Scottish Software Federation. A selection of high quality dissertations may also be lodged in the University Library for future reference.
You may borrow past reports from the Division's "library" in 4B94 as a guide to what reports look like. If you borrow a report, please leave a note that you have done so. Past reports are apt to vanish accidentally! You can find dissertation examples in the University Library using this search.
If you use Microsoft Word (recommended) to prepare your dissertation, you must use the dissertation template. If yours is a more technical dissertations, and you prefer to use LaTeX, then please ask about a template. Remember to number the pages.
The final report should be roughly 15,000 words including appendixes (i.e. about 60 pages). Note that you should not artificially pad your report because it seems to be too small. In the past, successful dissertations have ranged from 12,000 to 20,000 words. The size of a report is rather project-dependent. Your report should cover the project adequately without being too terse or too verbose.
You should discuss your plan for your dissertation with your supervisor, and show them drafts of your dissertation chapters before submitting the final dissertation. You are entitled to receive feedback on the content and structure, and you may wish (or not) to make revisions in the light of their feedback. However remember that it is your report and you have the final responsibility for its contents. In particular, correct spelling and good grammar are your responsibility - your supervisor may make general comments, but will not give detailed corrections.
Discuss with your supervisor how you would prefer to provide the drafts (all at once? chapters as finished? ...). It is recommended that you ask your supervisor for early feedback on your dissertation plan, and for feedback on individual (or groups of related) chapters as they reach "final draft" form - this will give you the opportunity to revise content and style for your continuing writing. Remember that your supervisor will probably also have several other supervisees' drafts to read!
You should not expect your supervisor to read drafts given to them less than two weeks from the final submission deadline.
Final dissertation structure
The following structure is suggested for the final report, although it will vary according to the project. This structure is not mandatory, but significant deviations should be agreed with your supervisor:
Final Report Assessment
Work which is submitted for assessment must be your own work. All students should note that the University has a formal policy on plagiarism (see section 6.8.4 onwards). Plagiarism means presenting the work of others as though it were your own. The University takes a very serious view of plagiarism, and the penalties can be severe. Specific guidance on computing assignments may be found in the Computing Science Student Handbook.
You are required to submit your dissertation through Turnitin as well as on paper. Go to the Succeed module page for CSCU9Z7, login using your University username and password, then click Turnitin Submissions in the menu on the left, then View/Complete below Final Report, and provide a Microsoft Word or PDF version of your report. Check the TurnItIn response for anything that needs attention. For example you might quote from other sources when discussing state-of-the-art but forget to cite these, or you might use a diagram without acknowledging the source. Even if TurnItIn says the report is OK, check for other potential issues (e.g. using third-party code but forgetting to acknowledge this).
The final work is formally assessed and counts as 80% of the overall project mark. Two aspects of the final work are assessed: the technical content of the work (weighted 70%) and its presentational standard (weighted 30%). The markers will be looking carefully at the following aspects of your work:
The technical content (weight 0.7) is marked against the University's Undergraduate Common Marking Scheme Descriptors, with the following rough weightings of the different aspects of the report:
Along with the final report you are required to submit the original of your project log book. The log book is not assessed in itself, but is taken into account when the technical aspects of your work are graded. The log book will be returned to you after assessment.
You are also required to submit to the project repository one copy of all programs, specifications and data that you developed during the project. This is usually bulky archival material that is not appropriate for the final report. Your supervisor is also likely to appreciate a copy of your files.
You are required to demonstrate your final "system" to your supervisor and second marker before the end of the Spring semester. The demonstration is not assessed in itself, but is taken into account when the technical aspects of your work are graded.
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