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Undergraduate Course: MInf Project (Part 2) (INFR11093)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is the second half of 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 second half continues from MInf Project (Part 1) starting with work identified in the Conclusion section of the report for MInf Project (Part 1). It is expected that work here will go into greater depth, the work carried out is not necessarily limited to that which was identified in MInf Project (Part 1).
Course description Project dependent
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For MInf fifth 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 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 392 )
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.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. structure and summarise a body of knowledge relating to a substantial project topic in Informatics
  2. critically evaluate previous work in the area
  3. conduct a programme of work in further investigation of issues related to the topic, and discuss and solve conceptual problems which arise during the investigation
  4. justify design decisions made during the investigation, and critically evaluate the investigation
  5. present work orally and visually, with demonstration of working artefacts where appropriate
Reading List
Project dependent
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Hiroshi Shimodaira
Tel: (0131 6)51 3279
Course secretaryMiss Yesica Marco Azorin
Tel: (0131 6)505113
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