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TITLE Final Year Project in Computing Science

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Information & Communication Technology

DESCRIPTION The final-year project is the largest single piece of work assigned to students throughout their degree. Its main aim is that of exposing the student to the scientific process in Computing, from the formulation of a hypothesis and the description of existing work on the subject, to the design and implementation of a solution, to the evaluation of this solution towards addressing the original hypothesis.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at giving the student a better understanding of the scientific process in the field of Computing. It exposes the student to the skills necessary for constructing a logical argument when attempting to answer a particular question in the field of computing. It is intended both to consolidate the skills gained throughout the degree programme as well as prepare students to undertake and participate in projects upon graduation.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Learn how to construct a comprehensive literature review;
- Understand a particular problem, putting it in a particular context of study, articulate the criteria that describe the adequacy of a solution, design and develop a solution and finally, asses the solution with respect to the identified criteria;
- Understand how to write a well structured report describing the techniques used and the results obtained.

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

- Manage the time allocated to perform a task;
- Read technical and advanced material;
- Structure one's thought in a logical manner;
- Defend the work done in the dissertation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Mainly research papers

ADDITIONAL NOTES The Final Year Project incorporates a Research Paper which will be sent to the external examiner to evaluate the student's performance. It is the responsibility of the student to provide a detailed summarised document that reflects the dissertation.

**Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination/Presentation is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

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


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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