Postgraduate Course: MSc Dissertation (Informatics) [Music Specialism] (INFR11064)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||The project is conducted individually by the student under the supervision of a member of teaching staff in Music.
This is a major piece of full-time independent work which occupies the final months of the MSc course. It is intended to allow students to demonstrate their ability to organise and carry out a substantial investigation into a topic in Music Informatics, according to sound scholarly principles. The project involves both the application of skills learnt in the past and the acquisition of new skills.
The types of activity involved in each project will vary. Projects may be designed along scientific lines, in which case they will include most of the following:
* Researching the literature and gathering background information.
* Analysing requirements, comparing alternatives and specifying a solution.
* Analysing and extending relevant theory in novel ways.
* Designing and implementing the solution.
* Experimenting with and evaluating the solution.
* Discussing existing results and presenting new research.
* Developing written and oral presentation skills.
Alternatively, projects where the main goal is better judged by artistic criteria will involve the production of a musical work or other event suitable for performance. In this case, the student will be engaged in using informatics techniques in a musical context, as well as understanding and building upon both the musical and computational contexts of the work. This will involve many of the activities listed above.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| For Informatics PG students registered on the MSc Informatics and Music specialism only, or by special permission of the School. There is also a possibility of further project dependent pre-requisites.
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Structure and summarise a body of knowledge relating to a substantial project topic in Music 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 deal with conceptual or artistic problems which arise during the work.
5 - Justify decisions made during the project.
6 - Critically evaluate the investigation.
7 - Present their work, with musical performance or demonstration of working artifacts where appropriate.
|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, 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.
Students may be required by their project markers to demonstrate any system that arose from the project.
|Course organiser||Dr Michael Rovatsos
Tel: (0131 6)51 3263
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2692