Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Only available to students registered for the degree of MEng in Software Engineering.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Major Project: A mark of at least 40% in SEM9060 is required for an honours degree  100%
Supplementary Exam Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy 

Learning Outcomes

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

present and defend the results of a substantial piece of work, carried out under the direction of a supervisor but demonstrating self discipline, organisation and initiative.

The projects typically involve developing a piece of software from an initial statement of requirements through market analysis, costing, specification and design stages, to successful implementation, testing, and product evaluation. Some projects may include a hardware element.

Projects are normally chosen in consultation with the MEng coordinator and/or the potential supervisor.

Brief description

This module consists of a major piece of development work carried out by the student. It will include identification of requirements, analysis of the market, cost analysis, design, implementation and evaluation.


MEng students are required to do a 60 credit major project as part of their undergraduate experience.

The purpose of the SEM9060 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 market analysis, producing appropriate documentation, including documentation of the design decisions made, and product evaluation.


1. Formal Lectures
There are no formal lectures associated with the project but relevant topics are covered during MEng tutorials.

2. Written Material
Various written material giving guidance on carrying out the project, assessment issues, and the project submission is provided via the department webserver. Students are expected to spend perhaps twenty hours in an average week on the project and to see their supervisor once a week. This course is assessed on the written report submitted by the student. Students will also be required to participate in a 'defence' which will involve a presentation. a demonstration and a period of questioning. This will account for 5% of the assessment.

Dates for submission and the defences will be arranged by the MEng Coordinator.


This module is at CQFW Level 7