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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (High Performance Computing) (INFR11166)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation comprises a report of c.15000 words describing an MSc project undertaken between May and mid-late August applying the practical HPC skills and knowledge developed from the taught courses on MSc in High Performance Computing. Students are also required to present their work to the department.

The dissertation must be based on original work carried out solely by the candidate and conform to the University's regulations. The project work may be undertaken within the University or in an external organisation with an appropriate focus. The subject area covered by the project can, with the approval of the Programme Director, be chosen by the candidate to align with their own research interests.
Course description To a great extent this will depend on the specifics of the project selected by the student.

Research-level work in HPC, to include:
- Critically review previous work in the area.
- Plan and implement a programme of work to investigate the topic.
- Analyse the results in the context of previous work.
- Present the work in the form of a written dissertation.
- Summarise the work in an oral presentation to an academic audience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Project Preparation (INFR11173)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Software Development (INFR11172)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  80
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 12, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 575 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 92 %, Practical Exam 8 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 92% on Dissertation project and report. 8% on oral presentation
Feedback Provided through interaction with supervisor and on assessed work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate organisation and execution of a research project
  2. Show understanding of relevant background material and the field more broadly
  3. Demonstrate ability to reflect on results and implications within wider area
  4. Design and implement relevant analytical and programmatic techniques relevant to the dissertation topic
  5. Present outcomes and impact of project through both written report and oral presentation to a mixed audience of lay persons and specialists.
Reading List
Dependent on project. Input provided by supervisor, but primarily self-sourced by student.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Effective written and diagrammatic communication.
Reflection on learning and practice.
Adaptation to circumstances.
Solution Exploration, Evaluation and Prioritisation.
Special Arrangements Only available to students on the MSc in High Performance Computing
Additional Class Delivery Information No scheduled classes. although students must attend their presentation session - usually on the Tuesday or Wednesday of the final full week of August (though students are encouraged to attend the other sessions to support their classmates).

Students are expected to meet with their supervisor(s) on average weekly during the project. The precise meeting schedule will be determined by the requirements of the project and agreed by the student with their supervisor(s).

It is the student's responsibility to remain engaged and arrange meetings with their supervisor(s) and to prepare for meetings to get the most out of these, making use of best practice as set out during the Project Preparation course.

Students are expected plan and schedule meetings with supervisor(s) in advance and should make every effort to keep such meetings unless a change has been agreed with the supervisor. Although many supervisors will be available to answer queries on a more ad-hoc basis this may not always be possible due to other work commitments or leave.
KeywordsDissertation,HPC,High Performance Computing,Hardware,Industrial Project,Research Project
Course organiserDr Elena Breitmoser
Tel: (0131 6)50 64 94
Course secretaryMr Ben Morse
Tel: (0131 6)51 3398
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