Undergraduate Course: Honours Project (Informatics) (INFR10044)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a major project and is intended to allow students to demonstrate their ability to organise and carry out a substantial piece of work. The project involves both the application of skills learnt in the past and the acquisition of new skills. Typical areas of activity will be: gathering and understanding background information; solving conceptual problems; design; implementation; experimentation and evaluation; writing up.
The project is conducted individually by the student under the supervision of a member of teaching staff. 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 Project Coordinator.
For a single honours Informatics degree, the project will normally involve the construction of an artifact, whether software, hardware, a robotic device, some other artifact incorporating computation, or some combination of these. This requirement does not necessarily apply to combined honours degrees.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Only available to 4th Year Informatics students including those on
There is also a possibility of further project dependent pre-requisites.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 22,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The project is assessed on the basis of a written report which should typically contain:
- Title page with abstract (a one paragraph summary of the contents).
- Introduction and synopsis, in which the project topic is described and the main results are briefly summarised.
- Background, which sets the project in the context of published literature and justifies the further investigation.
- Methods, which presents the work undertaken, explaining and justifying the approach in detail, and in which the various sub-problems, solutions and difficulties are examined.
- Results, providing evaluation of the work and including, as appropriate, experiments undertaken, a presentation of the data gleaned from them, and an interpretation of that data.
- Discussion and conclusion, in which the main achievements are reviewed, and unsolved problems and directions for further work are presented.
After submission the student makes a presentation to the two markers. This presentation does not make an explicit contribution to the overall mark, but it does inform the markers' assessment of the report.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Structure, summarise and critically evaluate a body of knowledge relating to a substantial project topic in Informatics
- Conduct a programme of work in further investigation of issues related to the topic
- Discuss and solve conceptual problems which arise during the investigation
- Critically evaluate the investigation, including design choices made
- Present their work orally and visually, with demonstration of working artifacts where appropriate
|Course organiser||Dr Barbara Webb
Tel: (0131 6)51 3453
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Fraser