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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Science

DESCRIPTION The dissertation study-unit provides space for students to research a topic in computer science. An experimental solution to an open research problem (existing or novel) is proposed, compared to related work, implemented, evaluated through experimentation or mathematical proofs, with the research findings presented in a dissertation and an oral presentation, and defended during an oral examination.

Students are provided with a research problem but not necessarily a concrete solution. The dissertation thus becomes a research-focused activity with students surveying the literature, devising an innovative solution before going on to design , implement, test and evaluate it.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the dissertation is to provide students with the opportunity to specialize within a topic of computer science 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 rigour 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 **Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Presentation and Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation, Presentation & Oral Examination (See Add. Notes) ** 100%


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