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Postgraduate Course: MSc Dissertation (Informatics) (INFR11077)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits60
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis 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 problem in Informatics, according to sound scientific and engineering 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 but 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.

The project is conducted individually by the student under the supervision of a member of teaching staff. Students are formed into groups for the purpose of a Review Meeting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Informatics PG students 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
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 21/04/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 568 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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, 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, 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.
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 Iain Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 9078
Course secretaryMs Katey Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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