Module Information

Module Identifier
CHM1300
Module Title
CURRENT ISSUES IN DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS
Academic Year
2010/2011
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Pre-Requisite
Only available to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Participation and contribution.  15%
Semester Assessment Conference type of poster representing approximately 20 hours work.  25%
Semester Assessment Course Work: A survey paper of approximately 9000 words.  60%
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:

1. be able to identify and use the main research resources that are available to software engineers.

2. constructively participate in advanced technical debate in the field.

3. have a general overview of the Internet and Distribution fields and be aware of focused areas of research interest within them.

4. be able to produce a survey paper on some current area of Internet or distributed systems research.

5. be able to present current Internet or distributed systems research at an appropriate level of detail to a technical audience.

Aims

This module focuses on current issues in the field of Software Engineering. The module will involve students in an examination of current research literature of interest to software engineers.

Brief description

This module focuses on current issues in the field of Internet and distributed systems. The module will involve students in an examination of current research literature of interest to software developers in this field. Significant emphasis is placed on student discussion and peer review.

Content

The content will vary from year to year, but will be based on a selection of current and relevant literature from academic articles, the Web and other sources. Examples include: search engines, semantic webs, data mining, video conferencing, web graphics, peer-to-peer distribution, GRID, OMG Model Driven Architecture, mobile agents etc.

The module is run as a series of tutorials during which students present papers to their peers and where other students are required to prepare and ask relevant questions.

Students are required to write a survey-style paper that necessitates an extensive literature and web search.

Students participate in a conference organized by the Department of Computer Science where they present papers to peers and staff. The aim is to simulate a real academic conference with plenary and technical sessions.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Depends on the papers selected for discussion, but generally no.
Communication Presentations are required, both within tutorials and an internal conference. Students must be able to field questions and argue their point of view.
Improving own Learning and Performance The assessed coursework requires students to develop their understanding of issues associated with the module
Information Technology Entire content of module
Personal Development and Career planning No
Problem solving The required papers address challenging issues concerned with developing distributed systems
Research skills Students are required to read relevant academic and other materials when preparing presentations and papers.
Subject Specific Skills See learning outcomes
Team work No

Reading List


Students will be directed to the primary literature and will be expected to search for additional material themselves. The Department produces a handbook to accompany this module. Primo search

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7