CO3012 Computer Science Project 1


CO3012 Computer Science Project 1

Credits: 20 Convenor: Dr. Y. Chen Semester: 1

Prerequisites: essential: 80 credits of second year Computer Science modules
Assessment: Written reports and lecture-style presentation of work: 100% Examination: 0%
Lectures: none Problem Classes: none
Tutorials: none Private Study: 144
Labs: none Seminars: none
Project: none Other: none
Surgeries: 6 Total: 150

Subject Knowledge

Aims

The purpose of the Computer Science Project (Modules CO3012 and CO3013) is for the student to combine skills acquired in the other Computer Science modules in the production of a suitable project. In doing this, the student will assimilate information from a variety of sources and demonstrate the ability to pursue independent study.

It is intended that the project should produce some end product for users other than the author. A collection of course exercises, a literature search or a descriptive evaluation would not be suitable.

During the first semester (CO3012), the student will establish the lines of enquiry to be followed and produce a preliminary report, demonstrating both progress to date and a detailed plan of the further steps needed to complete the work.

Learning Outcomes

To carry out research into the background to the project undertaken. To establish the nature of the deliverables to be produced by the project, to plan the timescales involved in developing these, and to identify the design issues involved. To prepare and deliver a lecture style presentation on the progress made during the semester. To produce an interim report on progress made to date and any revisions made to the original plan.

Methods

Individual research, meetings with supervisors.

Assessment

Marking of description, project plan, presentation, effort and interim report.

Subject Skills

Aims

To teach students scientific writing and problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes

Ability to carry out independent study Time management over a sustained course of research. Practice in designing a substantial end product. Presentation skills in addressing an audience during a short talk. Skills involved in producing a written report.

Methods

Individual research, meetings with supervisors.

Assessment

The assessment of CO3012 is broken down as follows:
  1. 5%: Project description document.
  2. 15%: Project plan document.
  3. 20%: Lecture-style presentation of progress to date.
  4. 55%: Interim report.
  5. 5%: Mark for student effort and participation, based on a weekly diary.

Explanation of Pre-requisites

All Computer Science students will have a common core of knowledge on which to build in the third year.

Course Description

The purpose of the Computer Science Project (Modules CO3012 and CO3013) is for the student to combine skills acquired in the other Computer Science modules in the production of a suitable project. In doing this, the student will assimilate information from a variety of sources and demonstrate the ability to pursue independent study.

It is intended that the project should produce some end product for users other than the author. A collection of course exercises, a literature search or a descriptive evaluation would not be suitable.


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