Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
MSC Project
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Only available to MSc students. Successful completion of Part 1: see regulations.

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission under University Regulations  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. identify and document user requirements for a system in a specific context

2. use the professional and academic literature to survey possible approaches to the construction of a specific system and select the most suitable

3. develop a substantial piece of software to meet identified requirements

4. design and carry out a set of validation, verification and testing activities to demonstrate that the software produced does indeed meet the identified requirements

5. critically reflect on the choice of techniques and the manner of their use, in the light of the experience gained from developing the software

6. identify weaknesses and lacunae in the available techniques

7. document all of the above to a professional standard


This module forms a core part of the new Internet and Distributed Systems (Advanced) MSc. Within this module students complete their MSc project and associated dissertation. The project must be on a topic related to distribution and/or the Internet.

Brief description

The purpose of the project, on which the dissertation is based, is to demonstrate that the student has acquired the ability to undertake and satisfactorily complete a major piece of work in computing and research in the field of Internet and distributed systems.


The aim of the MSc project is to demonstrate that students can:
  • bring together the knowledge acquired from the various modules in the programme and apply it to a major task;
  • use the professional and academic literature to extend their knowledge to meet the challenges of the project;
  • critically evaluate other people's work and their own.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Depends on the project topic.
Communication No
Improving own Learning and Performance A considerable amount of self-motivation and discipline is required to complete the project and dissertation.
Information Technology Entire content of module
Personal Development and Career planning No
Problem solving Significant problem solving is required to complete the project.
Research skills Students are required to read relevant academic and other materials during the progress of the project. An element of original research is required.
Subject Specific Skills See learning outcomes
Team work No

Reading List

Recommended Background
J A Sharp and K Howard (1996) The Management of a Student Research Project 2nd Gower, Aldershot Primo search
Recommended Text
Frank Bott (1999) MSc in Computer Science: Guidelines for Projects and Dissertations Computer Science Dept, UWA Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7