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CSCU9Z7 Honours Projects Autumn/Spring 2017-18
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The interim stage

At the interim stage, during the Autumn semester, you are required:

Please consult the deadlines to see when each item is due.

Report preparation and submission details

For the Interim report, you must follow these guidelines:

You must submit two paper copies of your interim report. Each copy should be a simple stapled set of papers, inside a clear plastic A4 pouch ("poly pocket"). See the separate note about formatting and printing reports.

In addition, you must submit a digital copy to the project repository and to Turnitin.

Your interim report should be about 2000-2500 words (i.e. about 8-10 pages), including diagrams and screenshots, but excluding cover sheet, contents list, and references. This is not an absolute target; discuss the contents with your supervisor.

If you use Microsoft Word (recommended) to prepare your interim report, you must use the interim report 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.

You should show a draft of the interim report to your supervisor before submitting it. They should provide feedback, and you may wish (or not) to make revisions in the light of their feedback - but remember that it is your report and you have the final responsibility for its contents. Your interim reports and feedback will be returned to you after assessment.

Interim Report

Your Interim Report should cover a detailed description and analysis of the problem to be solved, with a state-of-the-art survey of related work, similar systems and applicable technologies. This might include a requirements capture exercise, possibly involving the consultation of potential "users" and identifying use cases or scenarios. It is recognised that some projects may be "research and development" rather than "waterfall" in nature, and therefore that the problem description and analysis may evolve over the duration of the project. The report should conclude with a discussion of the approach that you plan to take to solve the problem.

The following structure is suggested for the Interim Report. This structure is not mandatory, but significant deviations should be agreed with your supervisor:

Cover Sheet
Give your project title, student name, student number and supervisor.
Outline relatively briefly the problem that you are tackling. Explain the scope and objectives of the project. Define the expected results and how others will gain from the work.
State of the Art
This section should be an important part of the interim report. Discuss the work of others in the same area as your project. Show a critical awareness of what others have done, and how your project will extend or complement existing capabilities. This can include a survey of (more or less) similar software products, with an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. Avoid a trivial description of related work that does not carefully analyse its strengths and weaknesses.
Problem description and analysis
This section should give a description and analysis of the problem to be solved. This might include a requirements capture exercise, possibly involving the consultation of potential "users" and identifying use cases or scenarios.
List any documents or information sources that you refer to within the report. Please see the separate note about the IEEE referencing style.

Interim Assessment

Work which is submitted for assessment must be your own work. All students should note that the University has a formal policy on Academic Misconduct. 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 make a check for unintended plagiarism. Go to the Succeed module page for CSCU9Z7, login using your University username and password, then click Turnitin Submissions and Interim Report View/Complete. Now choose Submit Paper 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 interim work is formally assessed and counts as 10% of the overall project mark. Two aspects of the interim work are assessed:

  • the technical content/achievements of the work reported (weighted 70%),
  • and the presentation standard of the report (weighted 30%) - clear, consistent layout; structure; standard of English; logical exposition; use of diagrams and other illustrations.

The technical content is marked against the University's Undergraduate Common Marking Scheme Descriptors, with different weightings for the different aspects of the work.

The assessment marking weightings are summarized in the following tables:

Interim Report
Technical achievements
Problem has been identified and motivated 10%
Related work, state-of-the-art, background, literature has been surveyed (including references) 30%
Problem has been analysed and clarified in reasonable detail 30%
Presentation quality Writing/expressiveness, use of diagrams/images, formatting/layout, structure 30%

Project Work Book

Along with the Interim Demonstration you are required to submit the original of your Project Work Book (see details). The work book is not assessed in itself, but is taken into account when the technical aspects of your work are graded. The work book will be returned to you after assessment.

Interim Demonstration & Assessment

Along with the Interim Report you are required to demonstrate your prototype to your supervisor and second marker before the end of the Autumn semester. The demonstration counts as 10% of the overall project mark.

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