Postgraduate Course: Informatics Project Proposal (INFD11014)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The aim of this distance course is to develop generic research and/or practical skills that can be deployed in academic or commercial environments. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop interesting concepts and/or hypotheses into proposals appropriate for a larger research- or implementation-based project and demonstrate their ability to identify legal, social, ethical and professional issues.
Structure and delivery of this course will vary according to the nature of the project, and will be agreed between student and supervisor at the start of the semester. Representative activities might include literature review, data preparation, preliminary implementation, or establishing connections and gathering requirements from stakeholders. The student will then produce a project proposal that explains the hypotheses and/or goals, project management, and milestones with approximate times with some justification for these decisions. Key methodologies should be introduced. The tutorials will be delivered using online distance collaboration methods.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Only open to students on the DSTI MSc programme.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 1,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The assessment will consist of:
1. 20 % Coursework 1: A review of a project proposal (an IPP) from the previous years and discussing its strengths and weaknesses
2. 80% Coursework 2: A full project proposal, including background, motivation, and a description of the methodology and expected outcomes. A good proposal might be organised as follows:
* Purpose: a statement of the problem to be addressed.
* Background: a short description of how previous work addresses (or fails to address) this problem.
* Methods: A description of the methods and techniques to be used, indicating that alternatives have been considered and ruled out on sound scientific or engineering grounds.
* Evaluation: Details of the metrics or other methods by which the outcomes will be evaluated.
* Consideration of legal, social, ethical or professional issues particular to the project.
* Workplan: A timetable detailing what will be done to complete the proposed project, and when these tasks will be completed.
||Students will get formative feedback on their partial proposal drafts. They will get written summative feedback from the marked proposal.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate research literature or other prior work appropriate for their project subject.
- Use existing research literature or other prior work to justify choices in experimental design, theoretical goals, and/or implementation.
- Develop a structured project proposal
- Outline project/research management issues and potential legal, social, ethical or professional issues
|Research papers specific to the project.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Research skills,project proposal,literature review
|Course organiser||Dr Aurora Constantin
Tel: (0131 6) 51 5643
|Course secretary||Ms Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701