KV6003 - Individual Computing Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is an individual project where you have the opportunity to choose or define your own topic which will lead to you producing a significant piece of work related to the aims of your programme. To do this you will need to use and further develop skills that you have learned elsewhere in your course. You will become knowledgeable in your chosen topic including important concepts and literature and you will acquire new skills or learning (or extend existing skills or learning) that are needed to carry out the project. These could be technical skills such as a new programming language, or other knowledge and skills such as experimental methods used in your chosen area or the use of statistical techniques to analyse your results. You will also acquire or further develop skills in areas such as report writing, literature searching, research methods, data analysis, project management and personal time management.

You have the opportunity to choose between three structures for your project, including
• Software Engineering - suitable for projects whose emphasis is the construction of a piece of software (a product) for actual use or to a similar standard, following sound and thorough software engineering processes; you will be required to justify the product requirements and the tools and techniques used in support of the development.
• General - suitable for projects where an element of investigation is an important feature, and will include a significant literature review. The product may be a prototype aimed at supporting the investigation. It is also suitable for research-based projects or others whose main product is a computing deliverable other than software, e.g. a well-engineered design whose specification involves a significant element of supporting investigation of relevant literature, or a piece of computing hardware
• Investigative - for projects that carry out a significant piece of research or investigation. These projects must make use of practical computing skills related to your programme, but do not produce a substantial product.

Your project must include you undertaking practical work of some sort using computing/IT technology. This is most frequently achieved by the creation of an artefact as the focus for covering all or part of an implementation life-cycle. Projects based solely on literature review activity and/or user/market surveys are not acceptable.

How will I learn on this module?

Your project work will largely be directed by you, and will be carried out as independent work. It will include elements of self-directed study and putting what you are learning/have learnt elsewhere into practice. You will be supported by a supervisor, who will provide guidance during the project and help you to monitor your progress, direction of study and quality of work carried out. You will gain valuable insights from undertaking a challenging task.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Briefing sessions and material on Blackboard will be provided to enable students to start thinking about their project topic towards the end of the academic year before the project.

Supervisors publish topic suggestions on Blackboard, or you can suggest an idea of your own. Your supervisor is your first point of contact for any questions; the module tutor can also provide guidance about the requirements of the module. Once your project starts, you will have a regular meeting with your project supervisor, who will give advice and feedback about your project proposal, progress and will also provide feedback on drafts of your work. As part of the project process another member of staff will also give feedback on your project proposal.

You will have a series of supporting lectures that cover important topics such as how to do a literature review, research methods, data handling, and aspects of product development, as well a guiding you through the process of doing your project.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Express a critical appreciation of the skills, methods and tools for the execution of practical computing research and/or product development.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Plan, schedule, monitor, control and critically evaluate the conduct of an individual project, in accordance with professional and ethical guidelines.
3. Identify and critically review relevant literature.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Communicate the methods and results of the project in writing and by verbal presentation / demonstration.
5. Demonstrate independent research and enquiry skills through self-directed study.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment and feedback
You will first produce a Project Initiation Document that describes your initial project idea. Verbal feedback will be provided on this by your supervisor. Second, you will further develop your ideas and produce a Terms of Reference (TOR) document that includes plans for your independent study. Your TOR will be reviewed in a meeting between you, your supervisor and a second marker with the intention of providing a firm foundation for the your project work. You will be provided with verbal and written feedback on your TOR.

In addition, your supervisor will provide other verbal/written guidance at regular meetings and help you to monitor your progress, direction of study and quality of work carried out as appropriate.

Summative assessment and feedback
1. Ethical approval (MLO 2) You must apply for ethics approval using the online research ethics system, and receive feedback (from your supervisor or second marker) through the system. Ethical approval must be secured before any data collection can commence.

2. Practical work, report and viva (MLOs 1, 3, 4, 5). You will write a report that presents evidence of the work you have done (including a critical review of literature relevant to your project and the practical work), and the results obtained. Your report will also evaluate your work and the conduct of your project, and reflect on your learning on the module, including your independent study. In addition, you will demonstrate & present the work you have done, and answer questions on it. Written feedback will be provided.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is an individual project where you have the opportunity to choose or define your own topic which will lead to you producing a significant piece of work related to the aims of your programme. To do this you will need to use and further develop skills that you have learned elsewhere in your course. You will become knowledgeable in your chosen topic including important concepts and literature and you will acquire new skills or learning (or extend existing skills or learning) that are needed to carry out the project. In addition, you will acquire or further develop skills in areas such as report writing, literature searching, research methods, data analysis, project management and personal time management.

Course info

UCAS Code G4W3

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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