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Undergraduate Course: Computer Science Large Practical (INFR09040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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
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 designing, programming, debugging, and documenting code in a structured programming language. This course is not available to VUG students.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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.

You should expect to spend approximately 70 hours on the coursework for this course.
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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.
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Course organiserDr Paul Patras
Tel: (0131 6)50 4408
Course secretaryMiss Beth Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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