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Undergraduate Course: Honours Project (Informatics) (INFR10044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/proj Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is a major project and is intended to allow students to demonstrate their ability to organise and carry out a substantial piece of work. The project involves both the application of skills learnt in the past and the acquisition of new skills. Typical areas of activity will be: gathering and understanding background information; solving conceptual problems; design; implementation; experimentation and evaluation; writing up.

The project is conducted individually by the student under the supervision of a member of teaching staff. The project specification is usually provided by a member of staff, but students are also free to specify their own project. All project specifications must be approved by the Project Coordinator.

For a single honours Informatics degree, 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. This requirement does not necessarily apply to combined honours degrees.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Successful completion of Year 3 of an Informatics Single or Combined Honours Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School. There is also a possibility of further project dependent pre-requisites.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2012/13 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn 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 report which should typically contain:

- Title page with abstract (a one or two paragraph summary of the contents).
- Introduction and synopsis, in which the project topic is described and set in the context of published literature, and the main results are briefly summarised.
- Discussion of the work undertaken, in which the various sub-problems, solutions and difficulties are examined.
- If appropriate, a description of experiments undertaken, a presentation of the data gleaned from them, and an interpretation of that data.
- Conclusion, in which the main achievements are reviewed, and unsolved problems and directions for further work are presented.
- 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.
Special Arrangements
None
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 400
Total 400
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
Email: mcryan@inf.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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