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Undergraduate Course: Computer Science Large Practical (INFR09040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Computer Science Large Practical exposes students to the problems
that arise with the design and implementation of large scale computer
systems, and to methods of coping with such problems. Students will
gain experience in how to:

* Design clearly and coherently structured systems
* Choose the appropriate means of implementation
* Discover and use relevant information
* Schedule their work load
* Present their work in a clear and concise way.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Software Engineering Large Practical (INFR09039) OR AI Large Practical (INFR09018)
Students MUST NOT also be taking Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11071)
Other requirements This course is open to all undergraduate Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.

Students are assumed to have competence in design, programming, debugging, documentation and programming in Java. This course is not available to VUG students.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 90 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
- Describe the design and development process, and be able to relate this process to their own experience.
- Plan to manage complex systems with competing requirements.
- Consider and compare possible structures for a design.
- Read technical papers and extract relevant content.
- Plan to manage their time and resources in completing a large project.
- Implement and debug a computer system of medium to large size
- Write clear and concise documentation.
- Analyse the performance of a system.
Assessment Information
Assessed Assignments: 100%

One large design and implementation project, assessed in two
parts. The first part consists of exercises to help students gain
familiarity with a provided base system, relevant libraries and
underlying algorithms. In the second part, an application of the base
system is presented to the students. Students must refine the
application specification, propose and implement a design, and test
their implementation. Students submit both their implementation and a
report that presents and analyses their specification, design,
implementation and tests.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus This project gives students experience in developing a non-trivial
computer system and providing some analysis of its behaviour. In
particular the student gains practical experience of:

* Design: ensuring the requirement is well scoped and defined and
constructing a design at a level of detail that allows some
prediction of the behaviour of the system without committing to
implementation detail.

* Implementation: implementing and testing a working prototype of the

* Analysis: providing some analysis of the characteristics of the

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Computer Based Systems,
Software Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design, Professionalism
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 8
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Coursework Assessed for Credit 70
Other Coursework / Private Study 22
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Vijayanand Nagarajan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3440
Course secretaryMiss Claire Edminson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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