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Undergraduate Course: Undergraduate Research Practical (INFR09041)

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
SummaryThis is a minor project and is intended to allow students to participate in a research project in collaboration with a member of staff or a research group. The project involves both the application of skills learnt in the past and the acquisition of new skills. Typical areas of activity will be: learning to use an existing system or framework; attending research meetings in an existing research project; planning and organising a research; implementation; experimentation and evaluation; writing a report.

The project is conducted by the student under the supervision of a member of teaching staff and possibly in collaboration with a research group. 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 Course Organiser.

The project will normally contribute to the solution or the assessment of a scientific problem and may include the construction of an artefact, whether software, hardware, a robotic device, some
other artefact incorporating computation, or some combination of these.
Course description Project dependent.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: All
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to students on Informatics Honours degrees, including joint degrees. Admission to the course is strictly by permission of the Course Organiser. Admission requires good academic standing, availability of both project and supervision, and support from the project supervisor.
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 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment will be made based on the final report (100%). The main part of the reporthas a guideline length of about 20 pages (A4, 12pt, single-spaced). The report can draw upon supplementary work possibly undertaken in collaboration (for example artefacts, research poster, research papers), but the report itself must be the student's individual work.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Structure and summarise a body of knowledge relating to a significant research problem in Informatics.
  2. Actively participate in a programme of work in further investigation of issues related to the problem.
  3. Discuss and solve collaboratively conceptual problems which arise during the investigation.
  4. Critically evaluate the investigation.
  5. Present work in writing, orally and visually, with demonstration of working artefacts where appropriate.
Reading List
Project dependent.
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Course organiserDr John Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 4420
Course secretaryMiss Beth Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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