Module Identifier COM9360  
Module Title MSC PROJECT  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Christopher W Loftus  
Semester Available all semesters  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part One; see regulations., Available only to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems (Advanced) scheme.  
Course delivery Workload Breakdown   600 hours of private study and assessment.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission under University Regulations   
Further details  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. identify and document user requirements for a distributed system in a specific context.

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

3. develop a substantial piece of distributed 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:

Module Skills

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.  
Communication No.  
Improving own Learning and Performance A considerable amount of self-motivation and discipline is required to complete the project and dissertation.  
Team work No.  
Information Technology Entire content of module.  
Application of Number Depends on the project topic.  
Personal Development and Career planning No.  
Subject Specific Skills See learning outcomes.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
J A Sharp and K Howard (1996) The Management of a Student Research Project. 2nd. Gower,Aldershot 056607706X

** Recommended Text
Frank Bott (1999) MSc in Computer Science: Guidelines for Projects and Dissertations. Computer Science Dept, UWA


This module is at CQFW Level 7