Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Major Project
Academic Year
Semester 2
Students must be registered in the Department on single or major honours
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
CC39440 Majors only
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Report (12,000 words)  and associated technical work, demonstration and initiative.  95%
Semester Assessment Mid Term Assessment  5%
Supplementary Assessment Written Report (12,000 words)  and associated technical work, demonstration and initiative.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate the ability to analyse a problem, develop an approach to investigate or solve that problem and complete a piece of work under the direction of a supervisor, but demonstrating self-discipline, organization and initiative.

Demonstrate the ability to gain experience in a particular area, largely through self-directed study.

Demonstrate an ability to independently apply the key achievements of their degree studies.

Produce a critical written and verbal appraisal of their work, evaluating all aspects of their approach.

Brief description

Students must complete a substantial piece of technical and written work under the direction of a supervisor but involving self-discipline, organisation and initiative.
The project will be relevant to the student’s degree scheme. The student will methodically apply practical and analytical skills and techniques studied during the degree.
The work involves developing software as the main part of the project or to support the project. The following project styles are possible.

• Developing software from an initial statement of requirements through specification and design stages, to successful implementation and testing.
• Researching a technical area, including developing software and methods to conduct and assess the research.
• Analysing data, including developing software and methods for the analysis and interpretation of results.

For studentswith a suitable background the project may contain a hardware element.
By working on this project, students will learn to apply and develop their skills from the degree scheme, complete the project and document their progress. The students will undertake tasks for the full lifecycle from specifying requirements for the project through to demonstrating that the software and analysis satisfies those requirements. The student will provide a critical self-evaluation of the work and its results.
Students will define a process that they will use to manage the work. This process involves producing appropriate documentation, including documentation of the design decisions made. Research focused projects will also emphasise research process and the evaluation of the results of the research.


To undertake a substantial piece of technical work that draws together the skills developed during the student's course. To report on the technical work in the form of demonstrations, discussion and a written report.


There are up to 10 lectures associated with the project.

Various written materials will be provided, giving guidance on carrying out the project, assessment issues, and the project submission. Students are expected to organise their time on the project each week and to see their supervisor regularly. This course is assessed on technical achievement, as evidenced by demonstrations, the technical work and results, together with 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 This module should help the students understand the potential of their specific degree for providing employment, and provide them with significant material for their portfolios.
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 More detailed knowledge in certain subject specific skills will be developed as a result of working on the project. The skills will be different for each student.
Team work Not relevant


This module is at CQFW Level 6