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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (High Performance Computing) (INFD11028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 26, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 562 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 92% Dissertation Report. 8% 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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Effective written and diagrammatic communication.
Reflection on learning and practice.
Adaptation to circumstances.
Solution Exploration, Evaluation and Prioritisation.
KeywordsDissertation,HPC,High Performance Computing,Hardware,Industrial Project,Research Project
Course organiserDr Elena Breitmoser
Tel: (0131 6)50 64 94
Course secretaryMiss Jemma Auns
Tel: (0131 6)51 3545
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