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Postgraduate Course: Informatics Project Proposal (INFD11014)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only open to students on the DSTI MSc programme.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.

Feedback Students will get formative feedback on their partial proposal drafts. They will get written summative feedback from the marked proposal.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate research literature or other prior work appropriate for their project subject.
  2. Use existing research literature or other prior work to justify choices in experimental design, theoretical goals, and/or implementation.
  3. Develop a structured project proposal
  4. Outline project/research management issues and potential legal, social, ethical or professional issues
Reading List
Research papers specific to the project.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsResearch skills,project proposal,literature review
Course organiserDr Aurora Constantin
Tel: (0131 6) 51 5643
Course secretaryMs Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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