6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
This unit is intended to provide practical experience in designing, developing and testing a non-trivial computer science project. Projects are generally software-based, although sometimes they may involve hardware development or investigation of theory. Projects cover the whole process of software (or hardware) development, from analysis through design to implementation and testing. Comprehensive written documentation on the project is required. Students are assigned in groups to a project supervisor. There are no lectures in this unit, although students will be expected to attend regular meetings with their project supervisor.
At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to a particular project and practice these ethically and professionally;
- search, access and analyse research literature as part of the process of developing solutions to problems;
- communicate in written and oral form the proposed deliverables of a project and reflect upon their value and the likelihood of success;
- develop, demonstrate and explain a software prototype or model;
- develop and test a substantial piece of software or hardware;
- explain and reflect upon the purpose, operation, success and value of the developed project in writing and orally;
- write a report explaining methodology, outlining their contributions and the contributions of others, and documenting the developed project from appropriate perspectives, for instance that of a user, researcher or developer.
Projects are assessed by individual project supervisors.
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- One 1-hour project meeting
- Additional requirements (all students):
- A minimum of 11 hours independent study per week for completing project work and private study.
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