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Undergraduate Course: MInf Project (Part 1) (INFR10051)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is the first half a major project that runs over the fourth and fifth years. It 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.

The project will normally involve the construction of an artefact, whether software, hardware, a robotic device, some other artefact incorporating computation, or some combination of these.

This first half consists of a project that is essentially self contained but it should be planned in such a way as to allow for expansion and greater depth for the following year. Note that as this is the first half of an 80 point project it is recognized that a longer planning phase might be involved as compared to a standard UG4 project. In any case, the report should include a clear account of this aspect along with a justification.
Course description Project dependent
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For MInf fourth year students only
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 363 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
- Bibliography.

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.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. structure, summarise and critically evaluate a body of knowledge relating to a substantial project topic in Informatics
  2. conduct a programme of work in further investigation of issues related to the topic
  3. discuss and solve conceptual problems which arise during the investigation
  4. critically evaluate the investigation, including design choices made
  5. present their work orally and visually, with demonstration of working artefacts where appropriate
Reading List
Project dependent
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Course organiserDr Hiroshi Shimodaira
Tel: (0131 6)51 3279
Course secretaryMiss Yesica Marco Azorin
Tel: (0131 6)505113
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