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Undergraduate Course: MInf Project Phase 2 (INFR11063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) Credits60
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionMInf Project Phase 2 is the third of three courses which comprise the MInf project process. Collectively, these courses involve the student in a substantial piece of practical work, conducted individually under the supervision of a member of teaching staff. They allow students to demonstrate their ability to devise, organise and carry out a substantial investigation into a problem in Informatics, according to sound scientific and engineering principles, and to deepen the student's competence in a particular area of Informatics. The project will normally involve the construction of an artifact, whether software, hardware, a robotic device, some other artifact incorporating computation, or some combination of these.

In MInf Project Phase 2, the student completes execution of the project plan and writes a comprehensive project report. The plan may evolve as the project proceeds, in response to changing opportunities, insights and experimental progress. At a number of points during this phase, the student is required to make a short oral presentation of their work. These presentations, though compulsory, are not assessed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For MInf fifth year students only.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Structure and summarise a body of knowledge relating to a substantial project topic in Informatics.
2 - Critically evaluate previous work in the area.
3 - Conduct a programme of work in further investigation of issues related to the topic.
4 - Discuss and solve conceptual problems which arise during the investigation.
5 - Justify design decisions made during the investigation.
6 - Critically evaluate the investigation.
7 - Present their work orally and visually, with demonstration of working artifacts where appropriate.
Assessment Information
The project is assessed on the basis of a written dissertation which should typically contain:
* Title page with abstract (a one or two paragraph summary of the contents).
* Introduction : background to the project, previous work, exposition of relevant literature, setting of the work in the proper context.
* Description of the work undertaken : this may be divided into chapters describing the conceptual design work and the actual implementation separately. Any problems or difficulties and the suggested solutions should be mentioned. Alternative solutions and their evaluation should also be included.
* Analysis : results and their critical analysis should be reported, whether the results conform to expectations or otherwise and how they compare with other related work.
* Conclusion : concluding remarks and observations, unsolved problems, suggestions for further work.
* Bibliography.

After submission the student makes a presentation to the two markers. This presentation does not make an explicit contribution to the overall mark, but it does inform the markers' assessment of the report. For example, the markers may like to test the student's understanding of what he or she has written in the report, or whether any software produced performs as described. The markers independently allocate a numerical mark. These are used to determine the final mark, which is normally the average of the two marks.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Project dependent
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Project dependent
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 0
Private Study/Other 600
Total 600
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Charles Sutton
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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