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30 Credit Projects

Computer Science, Business Computing


and Information Technology
A Rough uide
This guide co!ers the essential information for
CP33"3, CP333# and CP30#$ for %00&'( and should
)e read in conjunction *ith the supporting
documentation referenced *ithin
+atthe* reen
+ay %00&
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Contents
Before we begin..............................................................................................................................3
Which module? (Top-Up Degrees)..................................................................................................3
Which module? (All other courses)................................................................................................
!ro"ect #ommunic$tion..................................................................................................................%
Wh$t this h$ndboo& is '()T*?.......................................................................................................+
Wh$t is $ 3, credit pro"ect?............................................................................................................+
-ow do . decide wh$t &ind of pro"ect to do?................................................................................./
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!0,3..............................................................................................................................................11
4thic$l #onsider$tions..................................................................................................................13
45tern$l .n6ol6ement....................................................................................................................13
!0,3 #omplete 7 Wh$t8s (e5t?....................................................................................................13
De$dlines.......................................................................................................................................1
-ow is $ pro"ect m$r&ed?.............................................................................................................1%
The role of $ 9uper6isor...............................................................................................................1+
The role of the 0e$der..................................................................................................................1+
:re;uentl< As&ed =uestions (:A=)..............................................................................................1+
Referenced Support ,ocumentation a!aila)le !ia
Project +anagement System
9ee 'B#9 $nd !ro"ects* for more det$ils.......................................................................................3
9ee '!>9 -$ndboo&* for more det$ils..........................................................................................%
9ee '4thic$l Appro6$l :orm* for more det$ils.............................................................................13
9ee '45tern$l .n6ol6ement Agreement :orm* for more det$ils ................................................13
9ee '?iter$ture 0e6iew -$ndboo&* for more det$ils..................................................................13
9ee '!ro"ect !oster -$ndboo&* for more det$ils.........................................................................1
9ee '.nter-9emester >eeting -$ndboo&* for more det$ils........................................................1
9ee ':in$l 0eport -$ndboo&* for more det$ils...........................................................................1
9ee '@i6$A!resent$tionADemonstr$tion -$ndboo&* for more det$ils.........................................1
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Before *e )egin---
.hat module am I studying/
!rim$ril< this depends on <our course. :or most studentsB this is str$ightforw$rd
$nd the t$ble on the ne5t p$ge should help. .f in $n< doubtB A9C $s soon $s
possible. 0e$d the following notes first.
01T23 Com)ined A*ards Students
Dou should discuss <our pro"ect ide$s with <our person$l tutor $t the e$rliest
opportunit<B $s <ou h$6e $ choice of different pro"ect modules <ou c$n t$&e.
01T23 BSc- Information Technology
Dou should t$&e the pro"ect module listed for the course <ou origin$ll< st$rted on.
01T23 24emption from British Computer Society 5BCS6 2ntry
Re7uirements 8 you must pass at first attempt
.f <ou intend to $ppl< to "oin the British #omputer 9ociet< (B#9)B <ou c$n g$in
e5emption from cert$in entr< re;uirements ONLY IF <ou t$&e $ 3, credit pro"ectB
with $ pr$ctic$l problem sol6ing topicB AND YOU MUST PASS AT FIRST
ATTEMPT.
See 9BCS and Projects: for more details-
01T23 If your course started )efore %00%'3, you must contact
the module leader )efore you start-
.hich module/ 5Top;<p ,egrees6
Computer Studies 5top;up6 Choose3 CP3343 or CP33"& or CP3331 or CP3333
Business Information Technology 5top;up6 Choose3 CP30$" Business Information Systems
Project 5#= credit6 or CP303$ Business Information
Systems Project 530 credit6
Computing 5top;up6 Choose3 CP30$0 Computing Project 5#= credit6 or
CP30$% Computing Project 530 credit6
International IT +anagement 5top;up6 Choose3 CP303= International IT +anagement
,issertation 5#= credit6 or CP30$& International IT
+anagement ,issertation 530 credit6
Information Technology 5top;up6 Choose3 CP30># IT Project 5#= credit6 or CP30== IT
Project 530 credit6
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.hich module/ 5All other courses6
C4DE
CP3343 Computer Science Project (3 cre!it"
CP333# $u%ine%% Computin& Project (3 cre!it"
CP3#' In(orm)tion Tec*no+o&, Project (3 cre!it"
#!33F #omputer 9cience !ro"ect (1% credit)
#!3333 Business #omputing !ro"ect (1% credit)
#!3,1+ .nform$tion Technolog< !ro"ect (1% credit)
Cour%e Project Mo!u+e
Computer Science
Computing
Choose3 CP3343 or CP33"&
Computer Science 5ames ,e!elopment6
Computer Science 5Soft*are 2ngineering6
Computing 5+ultimedia6
Computing 5Information Systems6
.e) Computing
Choose3 CP3343 or CP33"&
and project must be based in specialist area.
Business Information Systems 5BIS6
Computing Information Systems for Business 5CISB6
Computing for Business 5CfB6
Choose3 CP3331 or CP3333
Com)ined A*ards 5?oint in Computing6
5all joint courses 2@C2PT joint *ith Business6
Choose3 CP3017 or CP30#>
Com)ined A*ards 5Computing and Business6 Choose3 CP3331 or CP3333
BSc Information Technology 5IT6 The project module listed in the documentation for
your pre!ious a*ard-
+athematical Business Analysis ++333" +athematical Sciences Project 530 credit6
or
++3333 +athematical Sciences Project 5#= credit6
+athematical Sciences 5Specialist6
Com)ined A*ards 5?oint in +athematical Sciences
or Statistical Sciences6
++3333 +athematical Sciences Project 5#= credit6
BSc 5Aons6 IT +anagement Choose3 CP3331 or CP3333
This hand)ooB is 10CD for CP33"3, CP333# and CP30#$ 530
credit Computer Science, Business Computing, Information
Technology6 If you are not taBing one of these 3 project
modules, ST1P reading no* and find the right hand)ooB for
your module-
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Project Communication
This h$ndboo& is designed $s $ reference guide for <ou. .t cont$ins inform$tion on
$ll the import$nt t$s&sB de$dlinesB deli6er$blesB processes $nd $ll other critic$l
inform$tion <ou need to be successful in <our pro"ect.
This h$ndboo& is )(?D for the modules #!3331B #!333 $nd #!3,1/. .f <ou $re
stud<ing $nother pro"ect module (for e5$mpleB $ 1% credit pro"ect module) this
document .9 ()T :)0 D)U. !le$se consult <our pro"ect co-ordin$torAmodule
le$der for det$ils.
Project +anagement System 8 P+S
https://mi-linux.wlv.ac.uk/pms
)ne of the new $dditions to 3, credit pro"ects in 3,,FA2 is the !ro"ect >$n$gement
9<stem (!>9) 7 this website will ser6e $s one of the prim$r< communic$tion $nd
m$n$gement tools for the module. -ere <ou will register <our pro"ect interestsB
re;uest $ pro"ect super6isorB submit <our pro"ect specific$tionB tr$c& <our pro"ect
progressB $nd m$n<B m$n< more interesting things.
See 9P+S Aand)ooB: for more details
.1CE
SCIT 30cr Pr!"cts 200#/$ %CP3331& CP3343& CP301'(
Dou must subscribe to this topic A9 9))( A9 !)99.B?4 for 3 critic$l re$sons.
:irstl<B the topic cont$ins m$n< $ddition$l sources of inform$tionB reference $nd
helpB $nd secondl<B the m$iling list in W)?: is used to st$< in cont$ct with <ouB
sending <ou reminders $nd notific$tions. Dou will miss critic$l inform$tion $nd
help if <ou do not register on this topic A9A!.
Te4t +essaging 5S+S6
A new 6ersion of W)?: (3.,) will be used from 3,,FA2. )ne of the new fe$tures is
the $bilit< to recei6e te5t mess$ges $s well $s em$ils 7 this is <our choice. Dou $re
$ble to specif< D)U0 choice of how <ou w$nt to be cont$cted 7 <our uni6ersit<
em$il $ddress is compulsor<B but <ou c$n $dd $ddition$l em$il $ddressesB $nd $lsoB
if <ou w$nt toB <ou c$n register <our mobile phone number. 9t$ff $nd other
students c$n not 6iew <our number 7 when $ member of st$ff sends $ mess$ge to $
topic <ou $re subscribed toB <ou will recei6e this mess$ge $t $n< em$il $ddress <ou
specif<B $nd $lsoB if <ou h$6e registered <our numberB <ou8ll recei6e $n 9>9 of the
mess$ge. . would recommend <ou $dd <our mobile phone number to <our
preferences in W)?: to st$< up-to-the-minute.
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.hat this hand)ooB is 901T:/
This is not $ 'one h$ndboo& fits $ll* solution. Dour pro"ect is $s uni;ue $s <ou $re.
As suchB one h$ndboo& could ne6er help e6er< student co6er e6er< single $spect of
their uni;ue pro"ect. .n order to help <ou o6ercome $ll the issues <ou will f$ce in
<our uni;ue pro"ect we <ou will be $ssigned $ pro"ect super6isor. Dour pro"ect
super6isor will help $nswer $ll the ;uestions <ou h$6e reg$rding <our uni;ue
pro"ect.
Before <ou c$n be $ssigned $ pro"ect super6isorB <ou need to tell us $bout <our
ide$s. The first t$s& <ou h$6e is to decide wh$t <our pro"ect isB wh$t <ou $re going
to stud<B wh$t $nd how <ou $re going to testAe6$lu$teA$n$l<seAbuildAdiscussAetc.
.hat is a 30 credit project/
This is not $n e$s< ;uestion to $nswer.
4$ch student will do something uni;ue $nd different for their pro"ect. .t is much
e$sier to st$rt b< s$<ing wh$t $ pro"ect is ()T. A pro"ect isE
()T "ust $nother $ssessment
()T something th$t c$n be done ;uic&l< or "ust before the de$dline
()T "ust writing $ long ess$<
()T "ust building some softw$re
()T $ module <ou $ttend e$ch wee&
()T e$s<G
Dour pro"ect is the 'crown* of <our degree. .t will li&el< be the most difficult $nd
rew$rding thing <ou do $t Uni6ersit<. Dour future emplo<ers will w$nt to &now
wh$t <ou did for <our pro"ect 7 the< m$< e6en w$nt to see <our pro"ect $s p$rt of
the inter6iew process. .t m$< become the b$sis for future courses <ou might t$&eB
li&e $ >$sters or !hDB or $ profession$l ;u$lific$tion. .t is usu$ll< $ source of
inform$tion for st$ff when writing references for students. Dour pro"ect is
import$nt to <ou.
!ro"ects t<pic$ll< f$ll into one of the following c$tegoriesE
Theoretical'In!estigati!e
.n6estig$tion into $ new $ppro$chAtechni;ue or methodolog<. .n6ol6es re$ding $
subst$nti$l number of "ourn$lsAp$persAetc. #omputer 9cience deli6er$ble could be
$ protot<pe s<stem.
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Comparison'In!estigati!e
.n6estig$tion into $ number of $ppro$chesAtechni;ues or methodologies. ?ess
re$ding th$n $bo6e. Deli6er$ble could be $ number of protot<pes or models to
comp$re $nd contr$st.
4g. Detecting pl$gi$rism in softw$reE 0ese$rch the topicB design $nd de6elop $
number of techni;ues (protot<pes)B $n$l<sis of resultsB e6$lu$te
techni;uesA$lgorithms $nd results
Practical'Commercial
The m$in $im is $ solution to $ re$l $nd specific problem. Deli6er$ble should be of
commerci$l ;u$lit< (full< testedB 6$lid$tionB error tr$psB etc.) !erson$l
me$surements recorded $nd Hbest fitI uniform $lloc$ted 7 full st$tistics J
m$n$gement info pro6idedB full stoc& control implementedB etc. !roduce $
specific$tionB design $nd implement $nd test $ solution. 46$lu$te the process $nd
fin$l solution
Pro)lem Sol!ing
4mph$sis is on using techni;ues to sol6e $ specific problem. The problem m$< be
open ended. Deli6er$ble will be more th$n $ protot<pe but unli&el< be of
commerci$l ;u$lit<.
4g. Timet$bling $lloc$tion problemE Alloc$ting st$ff to cl$ssesB constr$ints 7 mustsB
desir$bles. An$l<sis of results. 46$lu$te techni;uesB $lgorithmsB $nd fin$l results.
Ay)rid Practical and Theory
5not usually suita)le for Computer Science6
.n6estig$tion of sub"ect $re$. Det$iled e5$min$tion of $pplic$tionAimp$ct in $ #$se
9tud< org$nis$tionA$pplic$tion.
4g. Applic$tion of K! techni;ues. .n6estig$tion of $doption $nd issues from
liter$ture. An$l<sis of $pplic$tion within $ c$se stud< org$nis$tion. #onclusions.
Ao* do I decide *hat Bind of project to do/
#- .hat course are you studying/
:irst $nd foremostB <our $w$rd titleAthe course <ou $re on helps to define the
pro"ect. :or e5$mpleB if <ou $re stud<ing $ Web #omputing degreeB <our pro"ect
must be $bout Web #omputingB if <ou $re stud<ing L$mes De6elopmentB <our
pro"ect must be $bout L$mes De6elopmentB if <ou $re stud<ing .nform$tion
9<stemsB <our pro"ect must be .nform$tion 9<stems b$sed. The module guide for
e$ch pro"ect module will h$6e more det$ils.
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%- .hat are you interested in/
.t is critic$ll< import$nt th$t <ou $re undert$&ing $ pro"ect in $ sub"ect <ou $re
interested in 7 this pro"ect will l$st for two semestersB so following $ topic th$t
interests <ou will moti6$te <ou to succeed more th$n $ topic th$t <ou $re not
interested in.
3- .hat are you good at/
This seems $n odd ;uestionB but . $lw$<s $d6ise students to undert$&e $ pro"ect in
$ field in which the< $re e5perienced $nd successful.
This does not me$n <ou c$nnot stud< something new 7 point 3 s$<s 'choose
something <ou interested in* - this is import$ntB but <ou must tr< $nd choose
A#-.4@AB?4 sub"ects.
!ro"ects re;uire $ gre$t de$l of rese$rchB stud<B $n$l<sisB in6estig$tionB $nd so on.
:or e5$mpleB if <ou w$nt to do $ pro"ect which h$s $ l$rge ;u$ntit< of website
constructionB <et <ou h$6e ne6er built $ website beforeB <our pro"ect will be
e5tremel< difficult. (ot onl< would <ou h$6e to undert$&e $ll <our rese$rchB <ou
would $lso h$6e to le$rn new l$ngu$gesB toolsB methodsB pl$tformsB $nd so on. The
$mount of time $nd effort re;uired to le$rn the 'new things* <ou8ll be using in <our
pro"ect will not count tow$rds <our gr$deB but will $dd signific$ntl< to the
wor&lo$dB $nd if <ou $re not successful in being $ble to le$rn these 'new things* to
$ 6er< high st$nd$rdB the output <ou produce for <our pro"ect might not be of $
high enough ;u$lit< to obt$in high gr$des.
Tr< to undert$&e $ pro"ect topic th$t uses toolsAl$ngu$gesAmethods in which <ou
$re $lre$d< well pr$ctised $nd successful.
"- Ao* much time do you ha!e/
Dou c$n e5pect to put m$n< more hours into <our pro"ect th$n $n< other module
<ou h$6e t$&en so f$r. We e5pect th$t $s $ MINIMUM <ou will be wor&ing 1,
hours per wee& for $ppro5im$tel< 3 wee&s. Do not thin& this is $ '<e$r-long*
pro"ect $s it is $ full first semesterB $nd p$rt of the secondB which e;u$tes to
$ppro5im$tel< 3, hours. Th$t is not $ lot of time. .f <ou were wor&ing in
industr<B this would be $ full-time "ob for onl< + wee&s. Th$t8s + wee&s to come up
with $ pro"ectB rese$rch <our sourcesB undert$&e some $n$l<sisAe6$lu$teB perh$ps
construct softw$reB testB e6$lu$te the pro"ectAproduct $nd do $ full write-up.
Do not underestim$te the time this pro"ect will t$&eB $nd do not set
unre$listicAun$chie6$ble go$ls in the time-fr$me.
1F, I understand *hat a project is 8 *hatGs ne4t/
Dou h$6e $ number of choices.
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)ne thing <ou c$n doB if <ou h$6e t$&en $ pl$cement <e$r or h$6e $ p$rtAfull time
emplo<erB consider $s&ing <our pl$cement org$nis$tionAemplo<er if there is $
p$rticul$r pro"ect th$t the< might be interested in <ou loo&ing $t. There $re $
number of $d6$nt$ges in6ol6ed in undert$&ing $ pro"ect in con"unction with $n
e5tern$l org$nis$tionE the org$nis$tion c$n &eep <ou on t$rget 7 the< m$< w$nt
regul$r upd$tes $nd milestones th$t the< w$nt <ou to meetB $nd the< will help
pro6ide $ specific$tion for <our pro"ect which is b$sed on 're$l world* ob"ecti6es.
Are there any e4amples of project ideas I can looB at/
>ost super6isors write 'pro"ect propos$ls* for students to loo& $t 7 these $re
$6$il$ble for <ou 6i$ the !ro"ect >$n$gement 9<stem (!>9.) These propos$ls
ser6e two purposes. The first is th$t these propos$ls $re re$l pro"ects th$t
super6isors hope students will t$&e 7 if <ou w$nt to undert$&e $ st$ff pro"ect
propos$lB <ou c$nB sub"ect to $6$il$bilit< $nd super6isor commitment. !ropos$ls
$lso ser6e to gi6e <ou $n ide$ of wh$t pro"ects $re. The< describe pro"ects (;uite
briefl<) so th$t if <ou w$nt to do $ pro"ect ide$ of <our ownB <ou &now the w$< th$t
<ou should write <our propos$l.
+y o*n idea/
.f <ou h$6e <our own ide$ for $ pro"ectB $nd it fits with <our course titleB $nd <ou
$re interested in itB $nd <ou thin& <ou h$6e the s&ills needed to undert$&e itB it is
li&el< to be $ successful pro"ect.
Staff Interests
)ne of the things <ou c$n do with !>9 is loo& $t $ list of st$ff who super6ise
pro"ects $nd see wh$t their sub"ect interests $re. :or e5$mpleB if <ou &now <ou
w$nt to do $ pro"ect in6ol6ing >obile #omputing technologiesB <ou c$n loo&
through the list of st$ffB find the people who h$6e interests in >obile #omputing
$nd go $nd h$6e $ ch$t with them.
PR0#
Dou h$6e <our pro"ect ide$ re$d<B or <ou w$nt to follow $ st$ff propos$lB $nd <ou
w$nt $ super6isor so <ou c$n get st$rted. Dou need to turn to the !ro"ect
>$n$gement 9<stem (!>9) to tell us $bout <our ide$B or to pic& $ st$ff propos$l 7
the electronic document <ou $re producing using !>9 is c$lled $ PR#.
Stage # 8 Dour o*n idea or a staff proposal/
Within !>9 <ou st$rt <our pro"ect b< clic&ing on the '>< !ro"ect* lin&B $nd
following the step-b<-step wiM$rdB where <ou pic& $ propos$l or tell us $bout <our
own.
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Stage % 8 .hat topic areas does your project co!er/
The ne5t step is to tell me which topic $re$s <our pro"ect in6ol6es. 9ome e5$mples
of pro"ect topic $re$s $re softw$re de6elopmentB web computingB $rtifici$l
intelligenceB inform$tion s<stems in businessB $nd so on. )nce <ou86e selected the
pro"ect $re$s <our pro"ect most closel< resemblesB <ou mo6e on to the pro"ect
super6isor selection step.
Step 3 8 Einding the )est super!isor for your project
A list of $6$il$ble pro"ect super6isors is presented $t this st$ge. The order th$t
the< $re shown is -ERY SPECIFIC. 4$ch member of st$ff h$s entered into !>9
their interests $nd e5pertise. 4$ch member of st$ff is then comp$red to <our
pro"ect topic $re$sB $nd the members of st$ff whose interests $nd e5pertise most
closel< m$tch <our pro"ect $re shown $t the top of the list.
Step " 8 Su)mit PR0#
YOU .A-E NOT SELECTED A SUPER-ISOR/
When <ou select $ member of st$ff in !>9B <ou will be sending th$t member of
st$ff $ 04=U49T $s&ing if the< W)U?D ?.C4 to super6ise <our pro"ect. >embers
of st$ff h$6e $n $lloc$tion of pro"ects per <e$r. 9ome members of st$ff do not
super6ise pro"ects. 9ome m$< onl< super6ise 1 student. 9ome m$< super6ise
m$n< more. Dour re;uest is sentB $nd the member of st$ff will process <our
re;uest in one of the following w$<s.
1. The member of st$ff will $gree to super6ise <our pro"ect 7 if <our super6isor
m$&es $n< comments $bout <our !0,1B these will be sent to <ou 6i$ em$il
$nd will be $6$il$ble in <our !ro"ect Blog
3. The member of st$ff will $gree to super6ise <our pro"ectB .: <ou m$&e
re6isions th$t the< $d6ise <ou to m$&e to <our !0,1 7 <our super6isor will
m$&e comments $bout <our !0,1B these will be sent to <ou 6i$ em$il $nd
will be $6$il$ble in <our !ro"ect Blog
3. The member of st$ff will re"ect <our re;uestB $nd will recommend $nother
member of st$ff 7 <our !0,1 will be $utom$tic$ll< sent to the recommended
$ltern$ti6e super6isorB who will $g$in select one of these options. Dou8ll
be notified 6i$ em$il th$t the !0,1 h$s been redirectedB $nd $n< comments
m$de will be included in the em$il $nd <our !ro"ect Blog.
. The member of st$ff will re"ect <our re;uest $nd refer <ou to the pro"ects
co-ordin$tor for $d6ice. .f <our !0,1 h$s been p$ssed on b< $ number of
st$ffB or $ member of st$ff is not sure how to best $d6ise <ouB <our !0,1 will
be sent to me. .8ll m$&e some comments $bout wh$t to do ne5tB $nd $g$inB
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em$il $nd Blog these.
.hat is the HProject BlogH/
46er< time something h$ppens in !>9 to do with <our pro"ectB $n entr< will be
m$de in <our !ro"ect Blog 7 usu$ll< <ou8ll recei6e $n em$il $s well. Dou c$n re6iew
<our Blog 6i$ N>< !ro"ect.N
1F ; I ha!e a super!isor 8 *hatGs ne4t/
Dou h$6e submitted <our !0,1 $nd $ member of st$ff h$s $greed to super6ise <our
pro"ect. Dou c$n now st$rt <our pro"ectG
Dou $re entitled to up to 3, minutes e6er< 3 wee&s of one-to-one time with <our
super6isor. Dou $nd <our super6isor might decide th$t <ou do not need the full 3,
minutes e6er< meetingB $s sometimes <ou8ll m$&e more progress $nd h$6e more
;uestions th$n $t other meetings. Dou must t$&e the initi$ti6e to cont$ct <our
super6isor (em$il is usu$ll< best) to schedule meetings. Dour super6isor will not
ch$se <ou 7 <ou need to m$&e sure <ou $re $ttending regul$r meetings 7 it is <our
responsibilit< to &eep <ourself on tr$c&B not <our super6isor8s responsibilit<.
The first thing <ou $nd <our super6isor need to do is to discuss <our PR0. B<
wee& 1 of semester 1 <ou >U9T h$6e submitted $ !0,3 7 it is $n A994994D !A0T
): D)U0 !0)O4#TB so m$&ing sure <ou meet the de$dline is critic$l. !0,38s $re
submitted 6i$ !>9. B< wee& of semester 1B <ou must h$6e $n $ppro6ed !0,3 to
continue.
PR0%
Up to this pointB <our pro"ect h$s been discussed between <ou $nd <our super6isor
7 in order for <ou to proceedB the pro"ects co-ordin$tor (me) together with $ te$m
of st$ff $cross the school $ssess A?? pro"ects to m$&e sure the< meet the le$rning
outcomesB th$t the< $re suit$bleB not too ch$llenging but ch$llenging enoughB th$t
<ou h$6e considered ethic$l $spects of <our pro"ect $nd so on. .n order for this
te$m to $ssess <our pro"ectB <ou h$6e to submit $ !0,3 using !>9.
PR0% 8 Stage # 8 Project Title and Product
.f <our pro"ect title h$s ch$nged from <our initi$l ide$sB now is the time to m$&e
ch$nges. AlsoB this is the first time <ou will be $s&ed to define the 'product* of
<our pro"ect. Wh$t is the thing <ou $re producing? .s it softw$re? A design? A
report? An inter$cti6e #D-0)>? etc.
Stage % 8 Aims and 1)jecti!es
Wh$t $re the $ims $nd ob"ecti6es of the pro"ect? The $ims should be gener$l ide$s
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of wh$t it is <ou w$nt to $ccomplish (e5$mpleE . w$nt $ "ob) $nd the ob"ecti6es $re
wh$t <ou $re going to do to $chie6e <our $im (e5$mpleE 1. write $ #@B 3. send out
#@sB 3. $ppl< to $d6ertsB etc.) The te$m will chec& th$t <our $ims $nd ob"ecti6es
$re $chie6$ble $nd re$listic.
Stage 3 8 Aard*are'Soft*are Re7uirements
-ere <ou list $ll the sep$r$te h$rdw$re $nd softw$re re;uirements (if $n<) for <ou
to be $ble to succeed in <our pro"ect. .t is not necess$r< for <ou to specif< $
computer to undert$&e word processing $nd simil$r t$s&s. Dou need onl< include
h$rdw$reAsoftw$re th$t is not $6$il$ble $s st$nd$rd on Uni6ersit< student
computers. :or e5$mpleB if <ou need $ccess to $ ph<sic$l or 6irtu$l ser6erB or need
$ specific softw$re tool th$t is not norm$ll< $6$il$ble. The te$m will chec& th$t
$ccess to $n< resources listed is fe$sible.
Stage " 8 +odules
-ere <ou list <our le6el 3 modules th$t <ou h$6e studied $nd <our le6el 3 modules
<ou $re intending to stud<. The te$m will chec& th$t <our module selections $nd
e5perience fit the pro"ect <ou $re undert$&ing.
Stage = 8 2thical and 24ternal Issues
-ere <ou will $nswer $ series of ;uestions th$t determine whether <our pro"ect
re;uires $ddition$l consider$tion before <ou c$n continue. =uestions include
whether or not e5tern$l in6ol6ement (i.e. $ pl$cement org$nis$tion or emplo<er)
will be p$rt of the pro"ect. .f e5tern$l p$rties $re in6ol6ed in <our pro"ectB
$ddition$l document$tion needs to be completed b< the e5tern$l p$rties. AlsoB $
number of ;uestions reg$rding 4thic$l #onsider$tions will be $s&ed.
Stage > 8 Super!isor Appro!al
)nce <ou submit <our !0,3B $ cop< is send to <our super6isor for them to $ppro6e
<our !0,3 or re"ect it with comments. .f it re"ectedB it comes b$c& to <ouB so th$t
<ou c$n re6ise it $nd submit $g$in.
Stage $ 8 Ialidation )y Projects Team
)nce <our super6isor h$s $ppro6ed <our !0,3B it p$sses to the !ro"ects te$m for
their $ppro6$lB or re"ection with comments. As per st$ge +B it p$sses b$c& to <ou if
it8s not $ppro6edB for <ou to $mend $nd resubmit. .f ethic$l $ppro6$l is re;uiredB
,ou1++ 2e cont)cte! 3i) em)i+ )n! )!3i%e! on *o4 to procee!/
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2thical Considerations
.f <ou wish to in6ol6e $n< person other th$n <ourself $nd <our super6isorB <ou need
to h$6e the permission of the ethic$l committee within 9#.T in order for <our
pro"ect to continue. YOU CANNOT INTER-IE567UESTIONNAIRE etc. $n<one
without permission from the 4thics committee. Dour super6isor c$nnot gi6e <our
permission to do this.
See 92thical Appro!al Eorm: for more details
24ternal In!ol!ement
45tern$l pro"ects $re encour$ged but the< must be c$rried out $ccording to
$c$demic re;uirements. .t must be entirel< <our own wor&. .t must be c$rried out
to our time sc$leB $nd not the preferred time-sc$le of the e5tern$l client. .f <our
pro"ect h$s $n< e5tern$l in6ol6ementB $ form outlining the e5tent of support $nd
coll$bor$tion the e5tern$l org$nis$tion $re prep$red to m$&eB must be filled-in b<
the e5tern$l cont$ct $nd <our pro"ect super6isor.
See 924ternal In!ol!ement Agreement Eorm: for more details
PR0% Complete 8 .hatGs 0e4t/
Planning
:irst of $llB t$&e $ loo& $t the di$gr$m on p$ge 3 for $ rough 6iew of the process.
This di$gr$m represents $ rough guide to some of the m$"or t$s&s in6ol6ed in mostB
but not $ll pro"ectsB $nd is $ good st$rting point for initi$l discussions with <our
super6isor.
#re$te $ pro"ect pl$n to m$p out the m$"or milestones $nd $cti6ities for <our
pro"ect 7 De)!+ine% on the ne5t p$ge is $nother good reference $nd c$n form the
m$"or structure of $n< pro"ect pl$ns <ou cre$te.
Research
)nce <ou86e completed the !0,3B <ou $nd <our super6isor continue to meet e6er<
3 wee&s (or b< other $rr$nged schedule). Don8t forget to t$&e $long <our di$r< so
<our super6isor c$n sign it $t e$ch meeting. Dou should be wor&ing on <our
liter$ture re6iewArese$rchB with guid$nce from <our super6isor.
See 9Citerature Re!ie* Aand)ooB: for more details
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The ne5t deli6er$ble ($ssessed) is the !ro"ect !osterB due to be submitted b< wee&
F.
See 9Project Poster Aand)ooB: for more details
Progress
Dour progress will be $ssessed $t $n inter-semester meeting (between the end of
semester 1 $nd the st$rt of semester 3) $ttended b< <ouB <our super6isorB $nd <our
re$der.
See 9Inter;Semester +eeting Aand)ooB: for more details
,raft
A dr$ft 6ersion of <our fin$l reportB $s complete $s possibleB is re;uired b< <our
super6isor in Wee& / of 9emester 3. This dr$ft report is not $ssessedB but <our
super6isor will pro6ide feedb$c& to <ou to $llow <ou to m$&e minor modific$tions
before submitting the fin$l 6ersion.
Einal
Dour fin$l report is due in Wee& 11 of 9emester 3.
See 9Einal Report Aand)ooB: for more details
Present
You $re re;uired to $ttend $ 6i6$Ademonstr$tionApresent$tion of <our pro"ect $t
$n< d$te in Wee&s 13B 1 or 1% of semester 3. At this 6i6$ (etc.) <ou $re re;uired
to present <our pro"ect to <our re$der $nd super6isorB demonstr$te $n< rele6$nt
softw$reB $nd $nswer ;uestions th$t the< h$6e $bout <our pro"ect.
See 9Ii!a'Presentation',emonstration Aand)ooB: for more details
,eadlines
:ull det$ils of $ssessment components c$n be found in the rele6$nt module guidesB
but in summ$r< the $ssessment components for $ll pro"ects $reE
Seme%ter Te)c*in&
5ee8 (2,
en! o(9"
T)%8 !one:
1 Welcome
Wee& (W& ,)
9ubmit !0,1
1 Wee& 1 #omplete pro"ect propos$l (!0)3)
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Seme%ter Te)c*in&
5ee8 (2,
en! o(9"
T)%8 !one:
>eet with super6isor
1 Wee&s 1 - % Attend !ro"ect ?ectures
1 Wee& >ust h$6e $ppro6ed !0,3 (!$ssA:$il)
1 Wee& F !ro"ect !oster (3,P)
between
1 J 3
.nter-
9emester
Wee&
!rogress >eeting with
9uper6isor J 0e$der
3 Wee& 1 ?ecture on 0eport Writing
3 Wee& / 9ubmit Dr$ft 0eport to 9uper6isor
for fin$l feedb$c&
3 Wee& 11 9ubmit :in$l 0eport (/,P) $nd Di$r< (1,P)
3 Wee& 1-1% Attend demonstr$tion A 6i6$
Ao* is a project marBed/
Project Poster +arBing 5%0J of project6
>$r&ed b< both super6isor $nd re$der
Project +anagement +arBing 5#0J of project6
The gr$de for !ro"ect >$n$gement will be $w$rded "ointl< b< super6isor $nd
re$der. Dour super6isor is $ble to $ssess <our pro"ect m$n$gement through
obser6$tion of how well <ou h$6e been meeting de$dlinesB $ttending wee&l<
meetingsB pl$nning <our time so <ou wor& $t $n e6en p$ceB $d"usting schedule
$ppropri$tel< when necess$r<B $nd the ;u$lit< $nd det$iled $ccount gi6en in the
pro"ect di$r<. Dour re$der will onl< h$6e the di$r< upon which to $ssess <our
pro"ect m$n$gementB $nd m$< $s& <ou ;uestions $t <our 6i6$Ademonstr$tion. Dou
>U9T t$&e <our di$r< to e$ch meeting with <our super6isorB $nd <our super6isor
will re$d $nd sign <our di$r<.
Einal Report +arBing 5$0J of project6
%,P of the gr$de is from the super6isorB %,P from the re$der. .n e5ception$l
circumst$ncesB where the super6isor $nd re$der h$6e widel< differing opinions on
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the gr$de for the pro"ectB $ second re$der is $ssigned to m$r& the pro"ect $lso.
The role of a Super!isor
1. To be $ mentor $nd pro6ide guid$nce on <our pro"ect
3. To direct <ou tow$rds other members of st$ff for $d6ice on concepts of <our
pro"ect (st$tisticsB or $ p$rticul$r l$ngu$geB for e5$mple) the< $re unf$mili$r
with
3. To $ssess <our !ro"ect !oster
. To $ttend the progress meeting $nd confirm the pro"ect c$n continue
%. To $ttend $nd $ssess <our demonstr$tionA6i6$
+. To $ssess <our fin$l report $nd pro"ect m$n$gement
The role of the Reader
1. To m$r& the !ro"ect !oster
3. To $ttend the progress meeting $nd confirm the pro"ect c$n continue
3. To $ttendA$ssess the 6i6$Ademonstr$tion
. To $ssess the fin$l report
%. To $ssess the pro"ect m$n$gement (using the pro"ect di$r< $s e6idence)
Ere7uently AsBed Kuestions 5EAK6
,o I ha!e to *rite soft*are/
(oB but...
:or $ #!333 pro"ect the fin$l deli6er$ble must be $ test$ble softw$re
de6elopment product. This is usu$ll< $ softw$re s<stem but could be $ design or
solution which c$n be testedAe6$lu$ted. The &e< is th$t it must be something th$t
c$n be tested. Usu$ll< this is softw$re <ou write <ourselfB howe6er it is possible to
produce $ designB or $ solution which is constructed of $6$il$ble $pplic$tionsB but
if <ou don8t write the softw$reB it is usu$ll< more difficult to $tt$in high gr$des.
:or Business #omputing $nd .nform$tion Technolog< !ro"ectsB <our pro"ect c$n be
entirel< theoretic$lB $nd need not include softw$re.
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Can I use 7uestionnaires/
)nl< if <ou h$6e recei6ed ethic$l $ppro6$l to do so.
Can I inter!ie* people/
)nl< if <ou h$6e recei6ed ethic$l $ppro6$l to do so.
Can I get friends to test my soft*are/
)nl< if <ou h$6e recei6ed ethic$l $ppro6$l to do so.
.hat do I do if all the super!isors that ha!e interests in my
project su)ject5s6 are fully committed/
Don8t p$nic. .f <ou don8t h$6e $ super6isor b< the end of wee& 1B <ou will be
$ssigned $ super6isor in $ cle$ring process. Dou will still be $ble to $ccess the
members of st$ff who do h$6e $n interest in <our pro"ectB 6i$ <our pro"ect
super6isor.
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