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Undergraduate Course: Computer Science Large Practical (INFR09044)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
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.
- 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.

This 20 credit course replaces INFR09040 Computer Science Large Practical (10 credits).
Course description This project gives students experience in developing a non-trivial software 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 design.
- Analysis: providing some analysis of the characteristics of the design.

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 AI Large Practical (INFR09043) OR Software Engineering Large Practical (INFR09045) OR Computer Science Large Practical (INFR09040) OR Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11137)
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 188 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework - 100%
1. In the first part, an application of the base system is presented to the students. Students must refine the application specification, and propose a design (formative assessment).
2. The second part consists of a partial implementation of the system that comprises a subset of the required functionality (50% of course total).
3. In the third part, students fully implement their design, and submit both their implementation and a report that presents and analyses their specification, design, implementation and tests (50% of course total).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan to manage complex systems with competing requirements, read technical papers and extract relevant content.
  2. Consider and compare possible structures for a design.
  3. Plan to manage their time and resources in completing a large project.
  4. Implement and debug a computer system of medium to large size.
  5. Analyse the performance of a system, and write clear and concise documentation.
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Course organiserDr Stephen Gilmore
Tel: (0131 6)50 5189
Course secretaryMrs Victoria Swann
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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