Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Students must be registered in the Department

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 6 x 1hr


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Major project (10,000 words minimum)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

have completed a piece of work, under the direction of a supervisor, but demonstrating self-discipline, organisation and initiative;

have demonstrated an ability to gain expertise in a particular area of study largely through directed study;

have produced a critical appraisal of their work, evaluating all aspects of their approach;

Brief description

Students must complete a substantial piece of work, under the direction of a supervisor but involving self discipline, organisation and initiative. The projects typically involve developing a piece of software from an initial statement of requirements through specification and design stages, to successful implementation and testing. For students with a suitable background the project may contain a hardware element.

The purpose of the CS39440 project is to give students the opportunity to bring together the practical skills and theoretical understanding that they have acquired, by developing a complete product from the stage of specifying requirements through to demonstrating that the product does indeed satisfy those requirements. This process involves producing appropriate documentation, including documentation of the design decisions made.


There are 4 formal lectures associated with the project.

Written Material

Various written material giving guidance on carrying out the project, assessment issues, and the project submission is provided by the department. Students are expected to spend perhaps ten hours in an average week on the project and to see their supervisor regularly. This course is assessed on technical achievement, as evidenced by an interim report, a formal project demonstration, and a substantial written report.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Application of number is inherent in the study of Computing.
Communication This module should be beneficial to their written (dissertation) and oral (demonstration) communication skills.
Improving own Learning and Performance The student is asked to reflect on their learning and performance.
Information Technology Information technology is inherent in the study of Computing.
Personal Development and Career planning The module should help the student understand the potential uses of their degree.
Problem solving Problem solving is inherent in the implementation of Computing systems.
Research skills They will need to explore and write about a domain of application for computing systems.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Not relevant


This module is at CQFW Level 6