Module Identifier CS39440  
Module Title MAJOR PROJECT  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Jem Rowland  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Mr Jem Rowland  
Mutually Exclusive CC39440  
Course delivery Other   Supervised Project. There are no lectures associated with this module.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Major Project: A mark of at least 40% in CS39030 is required for an honours degree. NB: to gain an honours degree, students entering Part II from the 2004-2005 session onwards must achieve at least 40% at the first attempt in either CS39030, or SEM9060 as appropriate. 100%
Supplementary Assessment Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy. Resit candidates will not be eligible for honours nor entitled to BCS accreditation.   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should:


Students must complete a substantial piece of work, under the direction of a supervisor but involving self discipline, organisation and initiative. The projects typically involve developing a piece of software from an initial statement of requirements through specification and design stages, to successful implementation and testing. For students with a suitable background the project may contain a hardware element.

The purpose of the CS39030 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 producing appropriate documentation, including documentation of the design decisions made.

A list of suggested projects is maintained by the third year co-ordinator. Projects are normally chosen from this list but we welcome students' own suggestions, especially those arising from industrial year experience.

(Joint Honours students are not normally encouraged to do a CS39030 project, but are instead offered a CS391 project so as not to leave them short of taught modules.)

Students on different degree schemes may be given different projects.


There are no formal lectures associated with the project.

2. Written Material
Various written material giving guidance on carrying out the project, assessment issues, and the project submission is provided by the department. Students are expected to spend perhaps ten hours in an average week on the project and to see their supervisor once a week. This course is assessed on technical achievement, as evidenced by poster sessions, a formal project demonstration, and a substantial written report.


This module is at CQFW Level 6