Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
MSC Project
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Pass Diploma in Intelligent Autonomous Systems at required level
External Examiners
  • Dr Hong Wei (Associate Professor - University of Reading)
  • Dr John Hunt (Associated Head of Department - University of the West of England)
  • Dr Neal A Harman (Associate Professor - Swansea University)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Disssertation and viva presentation,  with submission compulsory by the end of September. Word limit of 20,000 words (min 10,000)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed material in the form of the original assessment, assuming original submission by the end of September.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

identify and document requirements for a particular type of Intelligent System, in a research project context;

use the professional and academic literature to survey existing approaches to the construction of such a system, and define a novel approach that builds on existing approaches

develop a substantial piece of software to meet the identified requirements

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

critically reflect on the choice of techniques and the manner of their use, in the light of the experience gained from developing the software and/or hardware;

identify weaknesses and lacunae in the available techniques;

document all of the above to a professional, publishable standard;

communicate understanding of each of points 1-7.

Brief description

This module forms a core part of the Intelligent Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Systems MSc courses. Within this module students complete their MSc project and associated dissertation. The project must be on a topic related to the content and learning outcomes of the MSc.
Projects will be vetted for suitability by another member of staff.
There will be a strict hand-in cut-off point of the end of September following the October of entry (for full-time) and the second September following the October of entry (for part-time).


The MSc project will give the students the opportunity to pull together all they have learned in the course, and then to apply it to a real-world, novel problem. There need not be the same degree of novelty as in a higher degree such as a PhD, but we will require some novelty.

The project will also allow students to show that they can use professional and academic literature to extend their knowledge to meet the challenges of the project.

Furthermore, in their final report, they will successfully critically evaluate other people's work, and use reflections upon this to inform their own work.

As a result, the project sets out to help the students grow into a role as a researcher, and will stretch them in the skills required to fill this role.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Inherent to subject
Communication Seminar
Improving own Learning and Performance Inherent to subject
Information Technology Inherent to subject
Personal Development and Career planning Encourages students to see roles in subject for career and personal development
Problem solving Inherent to subject
Research skills Essay
Subject Specific Skills Representation and Reasoning for Intelligent Systems


This module is at CQFW Level 7