Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Project

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION Students will be introduced to a problem in a given area by a series of lectures and seminars. They are expected to produce a solution to the problem (i) an artifact such as a working program, a proof, a description of a process or relation, or a framework / methodology (ii) a report, up to 10,000 words in length, containing a comprehensive written account of the task as carried out, including background (with a literature survey where appropriate), objectives, chosen approach, description of the artifact (with relevant documentation in the case of a working program), conclusions and bibliography, and (iii) a presentation of duration 10 mins in which to present the work undertaken before an audience including the supervisor and examiner.

Where feasible, the HLST project will be carried out by a group. It is suggested that the group size should be not less than three and not more than four students. Teams of five students may be considered in extraordinary cases depending on the project’s nature. The team should have a “leader” who will act as an internal rallying point and an external liaison. The responsibilities of the “leader” are set at the discretion of the lecturer who is supervising the Project.

Study-unit Aims

The aim is to instill mastery of the major project-related skills, including: (i) intellectual engagement: the ability of the student to discover, absorb, master and reflect upon theoretical knowledge, accepted practice and methodologies relating to the field in question, (ii) engineering: the ability to successfully harness theory in the service of the practical task at hand, as judged by the quality of any artifacts produced, (iii) self organisation: this includes aspects of project planning (the ability to divide the project into manageable subparts), time management (i.e. the ability to define and execute a schedule for achieving the subparts) and personal drive (ability to take own initiative) and (iv) communication: the ability to successfully present the work undertaken both in written and oral form.

In the case of group project, additional aims are:
- to ensure that some practical teamwork skills are instilled amongst the arsenal of skills given to our graduates;
- to make students aware of the pros and cons of teamwork;
- to assess how teamwork skills were assimilated and applied by students.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Survey possible solutions to a problem in a given area.
- Understand how to break a general aim into a series of objectives.
- Understand how to translate objectives into a series of achievable steps
- Distinguish between testing and evaluation
- Work within a team, in the case of a group project.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Plan a project
- Design, implement and evaluate an artifact
- Write a project report
- Deliver a project presentation




Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 Yes 15%
Project SEM2 Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Claudia Borg
Lonneke van der Plas

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2018/9, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.