Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation

UM LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION Selection of topic with supervisor to perform research in the selected area. Findings are presented and defended in a thesis and viva presentation.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the dissertation is to provide students with the opportunity to specialize within a topic of artificial intelligence by conducting research in it. Students are thereby also exposed to the scientific research process, acting upon a proposed research idea by executing it through its implementation and evaluation, finally culminating in the presentation and defense of the resulting research findings.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Critically analyze literature;
- Identify and discuss open research problems;
- Build upon existing experimental solutions to propose novel ones for open research problems;
- Execute experimental solution ideas through software implementation/ experimentation/mathematical proofs;
- Analyze research findings in order to draw conclusions;
- Present research findings through scientific writing and oral presentations with due precision and scientific rigor in relation to the dissertation topic.

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

- Propose new ideas within research proposals;
- Conduct scientific research under supervision;
- Provide the technical know-how as part of academic/industrial research projects or commercial initiatives related to the dissertation topic.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

As advised by the dissertation supervisor.

ADDITIONAL NOTES **September Assessment Session: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination and Presentation is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Report See note below Yes 10%
Research Paper See note below Yes 10%
Dissertation, Presentation and Oral Examination (See Add. Notes) See note below ** 80%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.



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