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Undergraduate Programme Media Technology Project UG3 (30 Credit) Guidance Notes Code FM6308
For School of Digital Media Technology BSc (Hons) titles; Music Technology, Multimedia Technology, Film Production and Technology, Film Technology and Special Effects, Games Design and Production, Television Technology and Production, Sound Engineering and Production, Sound and Multimedia Technology Academic Year: 2010 – 2011
Version Number 1.0 Version Date 28th September 2010
SUMMARY INFORMATION AND CALENDAR, 2010-11
Module: Media Technology Project UG3; 30-credit module Courses: MT, MMT, FPT, FTSE, GDP, TVTP, SEP, SMMT Co-ordinator: Roy Priest Wk No Refer to myTEE Wk 2 Deliverables. Submit by 14:00 on date given in myTEE / My Course. Access myTEE / My Course on the intranet deliverables hand-in dates. Due week indication in left hand column is for guidance only. Project Registration Form A new registration form (Appendix 3) is not required if it is to remain the same as that previously submitted for Media Production Management UG2, Media Industry UG2 or Commissions, Markets and Revenue Streams UG2. If you wish to change the title or if you have not already registered, submit the completed form, which is the first deliverable for the project module, to the IT Helpdesk. The project title and aim must be approved to authorise your project to proceed. Refer to section 2 of these guidance notes. Full Project Proposal Document Submit to IT Helpdesk. This is the second deliverable and is required even though it may be similar to that previously submitted for the final assessment for Media Production Management UG2, Media Industry UG2 or Commissions, Markets and Revenue Streams UG2. Improvements and developments are expected following feedback on the previous version. The full proposal, 5 - 10 sides A4, should be discussed with your supervisor and will be considered formally as part of the final Project Viva . Further details in section 5 and in the Project Viva assessment criteria, section 11.4. Autumn Progress Review Refer to published schedule of meeting times. Meet with supervisor and second assessor for approx 20 minutes to consider aim and objectives, method/approach and progress. Further details in section 6, and assessment criteria, section 11.1. Research Report Submit to IT Helpdesk. The short Research Report covers progress, research findings, evaluation of methods and plans for the main report. You are required to submit two copies. Further details in section 7, and assessment criteria, section 11.2. Main Report The main report is the culmination of the project module. A total of three copies are required, two comb bound and an electronic copy on CD. Further details in section 8 and assessment criteria, section 11.3. Presentation & Viva Presentation using a poster and an interview with the supervisor and second assessor. Further details in section 9 and assessment criteria, section 11.4. Assessment weighting Approval required to authorise project Considered as part of Presentation & Viva 10% 10% 70% 10%
Assessment deliverables Registration form Project Proposal document Autumn Progress Review Research Report Report Presentation & Viva
SUMMARY INFORMATION & CALENDAR i .....................................................................................................................................................3 1.0 INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................1
2.0 PROJECT REGISTRATION AND APPROVAL.....................................................................2 2.1 PROJECT SELECTION...................................................................................................................2 2.2 PROJECT REGISTRATION...............................................................................................................2 2.3 PROJECT APPROVAL....................................................................................................................3 3.0 SUPERVISION AND TUTORIALS........................................................................................3 3.1 MEETINGS WITH SUPERVISOR.........................................................................................................3 3.2 TUTORIALS................................................................................................................................4 4.0 INITIAL RESEARCH AND RECORDS.................................................................................4 4.1 LOGBOOK RECORD......................................................................................................................4 4.2 INITIAL RESEARCH........................................................................................................................5 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 FULL PROJECT PROPOSAL..............................................................................................5 AUTUMN PROGRESS REVIEW (WEEK 9).........................................................................7 RESEARCH REPORT..........................................................................................................8 MAIN PROJECT REPORT.................................................................................................10 MAIN REPORT – STRUCTURE AND CONTENT......................................................................................10 MAIN REPORT – STYLE AND CONVENTIONS.......................................................................................13 MAIN REPORT – SUBMISSION ARRANGEMENTS...................................................................................15 MAIN REPORT – LATE SUBMISSION.................................................................................................15
9.0 POSTER PRESENTATION AND VIVA (WEEK 29)............................................................15 9.1 POSTER ASSESSMENT.................................................................................................................16 9.2 CREATING A POSTER DISPLAY.......................................................................................................16 10 RETURN OF REPORTS AND POSTERS............................................................................17 10.1 MAIN PROJECT REPORT ..................................................................................................................................................17 10.2 POSTER...............................................................................................................................18 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 ASSESSMENT CRITERIA...............................................................................................18 AUTUMN PROGRESS REVIEW.....................................................................................................19 RESEARCH REPORT, WEEK 14...................................................................................................20 MAIN REPORT........................................................................................................................21 POSTER PRESENTATION AND VIVA................................................................................................24
....................................................................................................................................................24 12.0 PROJECT MODERATION...............................................................................................26
APPENDIX 1, MEDIA TECHNOLOGY PROJECT, SYLLABUS.................................................27 APPENDIX 2, COPYRIGHT WAIVER.........................................................................................32 APPENDIX 3, PROJECT REGISTRATION.................................................................................33 APPENDIX 4, RESEARCH ETHICS APPROVAL FORM ..........................................................36 ii
However. manage processes and solve problem systematically and scientifically. In the context of established knowledge and the concepts covered during the taught part of the course. analysis and solution of a problem. and what you should be demonstrating. a successful project will both enhance your CV and benefit career development. To work independently or as part of a team and to show an ability to communicate with others. be linked to group work where scale and complexity demand. assessing the relevance of appropriate theory and its application to the specification. nevertheless.1. it is not a substitute for attendance at the weekly tutorial classes and regular meetings with your supervisor. Students should show competence in the following: i) Understanding and taking account of the constraints imposed by an academic. As well as contributing to the honours award. ii) iii) iv) v) vi) The project has a 30 credit weighting in the calculation for honours classification and therefore constitutes a significant proportion of your final year work. the Learning Centre has texts. there is guidance in the web resources on Moodle. tip sheets and offers tutorial 1 49527352. The project will be individual but may. industrial or commercial need.doc . Aim To provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained during the taught part of the course to achieve performance improvement of a relevant industrial/academic activity. To produce a report on the project to an appropriate standard. Understanding of the problem and current potential solutions. for each of the deliverables As well as attending the tutorial classes and meeting with your supervisor. The ability to draw appropriate conclusions from the analysis and recommend and/or implement solution(s) that meet the specification in terms of technical and/or commercial performance. Please read through this booklet carefully – it describes how to undertake the project and includes essential information on assessment. Objectives In order to qualify for the award of BSc students must submit a report based upon a relevant project to their course of studies. Before starting you should also read the assessment criteria in Section 11 which indicate what the assessors will be looking for.0 INTRODUCTION The final year project provides an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist area relevant to the course and demonstrate your ability to: • • • manage your own activities and resources to solve problems generate innovative ideas and solutions write an academic paper following accepted conventions of style and referencing The project is intended to draw from across the programme of study and to act as a vehicle for students to demonstrate their wider abilities. Also.
Refer to the module aims and learning outcomes in the syllabus. The title that you choose for your Final Year Project should be appropriate to your course and provide sufficient scope for the exploration of technology or for the subject matter to be investigated in a suitably scientific manner appropriate to a BSc. or have been directed to do so by the Project Coordinator. 2.doc . you should still attend all the sessions. it helps considerably if you have an interest in the subject area involved. This should be submitted at the latest by the date given in the calendar. see the Project Module Co-ordinator 2 49527352. Appendix 3. and much additional information. Appendix 2 is a copyright waiver to enable your project report to be published by Birmingham City University.php?id=816 A statement of project module aims and learning outcomes is in the syllabus.uk/tee/course/view. If you are having problems selecting or getting approval for a project.bcu. analytical skills and judgment) at a level appropriate for an honours degree. Appendix 1. The Project Module Co-ordinator will assist in identifying possible supervisors. if you wish to change your project title or make significant changes to the project aims after initial approval. Media Industry UG2 or Commissions.2 Project Registration This section applies if you have not already submitted a registration form as part of the year 2 industry module or if you wish to change title. Lists of project topics and supervisors. Academic staff may be contacted direct to discuss ideas for projects . Appendix 1 and consider whether your proposed project will provide scope to meet the module learning outcomes. 2. If you submitted a registration document and it is to remain the same. Appendix 3 is the Project Registration Form which you must complete and submit (2 copies) to the IT Helpdesk in order to register your project. the revised aims and rationale must be agreed with the supervisor and a revised Registration Form and full Project Proposal Document must be submitted and approved.1 Project Selection Most students select a project as part of the final assessment for Media Production Management UG2. Also. In choosing a project. The first deliverable is the registration form.0 PROJECT REGISTRATION AND APPROVAL 2.php?id=816 Guidance on making a suitable selection of project as well as formulating statements of overall aim and objectives is provided in the project tutorial classes in the first few weeks of the autumn term. Having obtained the approval of a member of academic staff you should register your project by submitting the project registration form. Even if you have previously completed a proposal.bcu. It is also important that the project aims are consistent with your course title and provide scope to develop and demonstrate personal skills and attributes (such as reasoning. Markets and Revenue Streams UG2. However.make an appointment to meet staff via the main entrance reception.uk/tee/course/view. consider your proposal against each of the assessment criteria in Section 11 of the full project guidance notes to ensure there is appropriate scope for demonstrating achievement. you do not need to submit it again.support through the year on different aspects of undertaking a project. Keep in regular contact with the Learning Centre’s Final Year Project Resources at: http://moodle.ac.ac. are provided at http://moodle. creativity.
apart from you. the brief proposal in the registration document should contain sufficient information on the proposed aims and provisional objectives to enable the Project Moderation Committee to form a judgment on its suitability for the honours study programme. Regular meetings with your supervisor early on are important for constructive development of your proposals and in laying the foundations for a successful outcome. contact the relevant member of staff to establish if it is still available and to agree the overall aim and provisional objectives.0 SUPERVISION AND TUTORIALS 3. dependent on other commitments s/he may not be available to be your Supervisor. you should discuss it with. You should include in your registration form a brief statement of rationale (that is justification. identified as approved. It is strongly recommended that you arrange to meet your supervisor every week at a fixed time. a member of staff is supporting it as reasonable and appropriate for your course. You should refer to the research ethics check list form. and sign to agree to abide by the BCU research ethics regulations. If you answer ‘yes’. Note that in signing the proposal. This will be published following the approval and allocation process. The Committee may require modifications to be made to proposals and there may be limits on the number of projects that can be supported in some topic areas. approval may be delayed. it is the Project Moderation Committee that finally approves and confirms projects and supervisors. Does this project involve human or animal subjects? This includes activities such as interviews. subject to resource constraints. provisionally. will benefit from the work?). to supervise it. or with significant shortcomings. The length of the meetings will vary dependent on the project activities at the time. your proposal will be assessed by the Research Ethics Committee. This will later be developed into a full proposal which should be submitted by Friday of week 4 (refer to calendar for dates). you should make frequent and adequate contact with your supervisor. and have it approved by. the revised aims and rationale must be agreed with the supervisor and a revised Registration Form and Full Project Proposal Document must be submitted to the Final Year Project Coordinator for approval. If you submit a registration form without a staff signature. 3 49527352. 3. The final title for the project report may be determined when the work is more substantially complete. a member of academic staff who should agree.3 Project Approval A project proposal is not confirmed as approved until your name and the project title appear on the Project Co-ordinator's list. However. observations. questionnaires. Appendix 4.doc . However. If you wish to make significant changes to the project aims after initial approval. The registration form includes a statement on ethics. Provisional approval is provided by the member of academic staff signing the registration document and this is sufficient to allow you to continue making progress. A working title of no more than a few words may be used for the registration form. as recorded in the Project Registration Form and shown in the approved list.during one of the timetabled tutorial classes. If it is a project taken from the projects web site list. If you are proposing your own idea for a project. 2. why is it important for the work to be done? Who. All Registration forms are subject to approval by the Project Moderation Committee. Therefore.1 Meetings with Supervisor After your project aims have been agreed.
bcu. maintained throughout the duration of the project. be A4 in size . have fixed pages (no ring binders.0 4.doc . The logbook should be robust. have a strong. Your logbook should be an accurate record of your progress. the logbook should: • • • ideas. http://moodle. and a conclusions section describing what has been achieved at the end. with notes of meetings. contact your supervisor immediately. or scraps of paper being lost. Tutorial classes are supported by the on-line Moodle tutorials and it is essential to familiarise yourself with the range of Moodle-based project resources as soon as possible. A journal entry is an account of an activity such as visiting the Learning Centre or reading a textbook. The logbook is also an important part of project management and should be used to note down plans for meetings and other activities. experimental and information search results. 4 49527352. You should maintain a logbook record as you work.1. etc. your logbook is considered as part of the Poster presentation & viva. Careful planning leads to more effective use of time.2 Tutorials You should attend the timetabled tutorials. lever arch files or similar). etc. which in the first few weeks cover selection and proposals and development of objectives. supervisors will be able to provide feedback on progress during the meetings. The logbook forms a day-to-day record of progress and should build up to become the basis from which the Research Report and Main Report are derived. 3. results. As well as advice and guidance.ac. There are two types of logbook entry. meetings. as it is undertaken. Note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your supervisor is kept up to date with progress. Your success in terms of the management of your Media Technology Project is assessed as part of the Poster presentation & viva. and be able to withstand the rigours of the laboratory/practical/travel etc. For this final assessment you are required to bring your logbook and your Log of supervisor / student Final Year Project meetings as evidence of your approach to project management (see Appendix 5)..1 Logbook record INITIAL RESEARCH AND RECORDS It is important to maintain an accurate logbook record of all activity related to the project. sketches and diagrams. In particular. for both demonstrating a record of activity and keeping notes of the meeting.uk/tee/course/view. You will be expected to complete a Log of supervisor/student Final Year Project meetings (see Appendix 5). though not necessarily rigid cover. If you encounter any problems. a journal entry and a practical entry. As noted in section 3.smaller books sometimes prevent the clear recording of activity. Later tutorials are linked to each assessment and failure to attend tutorials is almost certain to be detrimental to achieving your potential. environment without pages falling out and getting lost.php?id=816&topic=0#section-15 4.When attending meetings with the supervisor you should bring a logbook. The format for a journal entry is not fixed except that the date and type of entry should be at the beginning. The logbook should be brought to meetings with the project supervisor. so that problems do not occur through errors of memory.
costs/financial constraints and targets to be achieved. patents. leading to measurements/results. During the course of the project. It is an account of a planned. manufacturers’ information sheets and software manuals. 4. or related. in your work. • Explore the wider context for the work.. conference papers and university theses. which may be in a laboratory or on location. a practical entry should begin with the date and type of entry. should be included. in your work. This could be extending knowledge to a depth beyond that attained in the course modules to date and exploring areas not covered by course modules. 5 49527352. Initial research is an element of assessment in the Autumn Progress Review and in the week Research Report. Practical logbook entries should have conclusions summarising the achievements and recommendations for further action. and if applicable. Rather you should aim to benefit from the progress made so that you can build upon previous experience. The intention should be to avoid repetition of work previously undertaken by others.0 FULL PROJECT PROPOSAL Note that this section applies to all students.2. You should meet your supervisor to discuss your findings – discussion and feedback should provide a valuable contribution towards the overall success of the project. Improvements and developments should be made following feedback on the previous version. a list of equipment/hardware/measurement used with serial numbers under an appropriate heading. practical activity. A full Project Proposal is required even though it may be similar to that previously submitted for your Year 2 industry module. If appropriate. with justification. The literature review should lead to an evaluation of your findings and their influence on your plans to achieve your project aims. These should all be appropriately cited. The purpose of the research phase is to: • Develop knowledge in project-specific subjects. journal papers. As with a journal entry. fields. background information etc. British and ISO Standards. A plan of activities should follow under the heading of "Procedure".2 Initial research Undertaking a project should begin with a comprehensive information search and literature review. you will accumulate copies of reference documents. citing the source correctly. data sheets. Typical sources include journal publications.doc .1 and 11. Again it is essential to make appropriate reference. • Investigate publications by others in the same. This could include legal and regulatory aspects European directives. 5. You should discuss your research findings with your supervisor and obtain feedback on progress and direction of the project. This should be followed by an objectives section. It may be that certain project objectives need to be reconsidered in the light of your findings and proposals for modification. Refer to the assessment criteria in sections 11. some background information may be included under a suitable heading. etc. using the Harvard system. The various results and outcomes of the activities described in the procedure should be entered under the heading "Results".A practical entry is somewhat more involved. compare ideas and approaches. financial aspects . These should be kept in a properly indexed file so that you can readily find items when they are needed. Typical sources could include texts. Typical sources include reference publications and various web sites. extend knowledge and develop new applications. which describes what is expected to be achieved.
The Project Proposal Document is of key importance. theoretical analysis and product creation. The project proposal should demonstrate that: • The project aim and objectives are consistent with your course title. This heading must be included. taking into account revision time and exams. 6 49527352. you should have submitted a full Project Proposal Document. organisation or other defined set of individuals or group? Tasks/activities A list of tasks detailing proposed activities and approach/possible solution(s) to the problem(s). experiment. The document outlines the project aim and how it is to be achieved.doc . It is expected that further iterations of this Gantt chart will be created. The objectives can be viewed as stepping-stones on the way to achieving the main aim. covering an appropriate area of investigation and activity. Resources Identification of likely resources that will be needed. It is the basis for all the project activity throughout the rest of the academic year and how it is formulated will have a significant influence on the ultimate success of the project. Expenditure Estimated expenditure. Overall aim and specific objectives. IT hardware/software. Rationale Outline the value and benefits to be derived from the project and in particular who will gain from it apart from you. Risk assessment Any potential sources of health and safety risk should be identified and ways of eliminating the hazard discussed with your supervisor. The full proposal document (typically 5-10 sides of A4. What contribution will it make to the function of a company. Note that the budget for projects is limited and any expected costs should be identified to your supervisor. if applicable. If you assess there to be no risks. A realistic time should be planned for each task. including a front sheet and diagrams) should typically comprise the following (some headings may not be applicable): Introduction and background to the project. Schedule You are required to create a Gantt chart (template available via Moodle site) demonstrating your approach to time management. These could be in various categories: laboratory or industrial equipment. research.By the Friday of week 4 (refer to the calendar). These should be expressed as a number of objectives. information (library. dated and presented as part of the Poster Presentation & Viva. there should be a statement to this effect. Achieving the overall aim will involve a variety of activities such as investigation. design. databases).
Evaluation The Progress Summary document should include the following: 7 49527352. the revised aims and rationale must be agreed with the supervisor and a revised Registration Form and Proposal Document must be submitted and approved. with modification if applicable and approved by supervisor. analysis. The schedule for the Autumn Review Meetings will be provided in advance on the projects Moodle page and Learning Centre projects notice board. The assessment criteria in Section 11 provides additional indication on requirements. succinct statements to facilitate easy assimilation by the assessors within the first 2-3 minutes of the review meeting.0 AUTUMN PROGRESS REVIEW (WEEK 9) A review meeting. with your supervisor and a second assessor. their justification and what the alternatives were. If you wish to make significant changes to the project aim after initial approval. The meeting will be scheduled for up to 20 minutes. Objectives List objectives as stated in the full proposal document. is scheduled for week 9. Methodology is particularly associated with how the project aim is to be achieved. which should refer to the Summary Progress Document. It covers what methods have been selected. The document should be up to two sides of A4. plus any diagrams (flow chart / Gantt chart). with modification if applicable and as approved by supervisor. allowing you about 5 minutes for an introductory statement. alternative approaches and methods that could have been applied and a justification for those that you are applying or plan to use and initial research findings. followed by time for discussion and questions. reasoning and judgment. The 12 point font text should be well-spaced with the use of bullet-points and concise. You should bring to the meeting two copies of a brief document outlining progress and be ready to respond to questions on your intended approach/methods and research findings.• The objectives provide opportunity and scope for demonstrating honours degree level attributes of creativity. In your review meeting you should be prepared to answer questions on the areas covered by the Progress Summary Document including formulation of objectives. What is required from your research? Have you considered both project-specific and wider issues such as financial and environmental aspects? 6.to be brought to the meeting Two copies of the Progress Summary document should be brought to the Autumn Progress Review meeting.doc .1 Week 9 Progress Summary document . as it appears in the full proposal document. A good methodology will increase the validity and reliability of the outcomes. The document should cover the following: General Aim State the overall aim. Selecting the most appropriate methods is essential for efficient and successful achievement of the project aim and is dependent on activity early on the project cycle. 6. At this stage you should be demonstrating an understanding of the different approaches that could be taken.
accounting for time spent to date and to your discussions with your supervisor. Offer evidence to demonstrate that you have achieved a foundation of knowledge in your chosen subject area. Introduction The introduction should cover briefly the problem definition. Evaluate key texts. or other work plan.doc . The report should follow the style and conventions guidelines as for the main report described in section 8. etc. correctly referenced. It is important that you date and save each version of your Gantt chart as this will be required for the Poster Presentation & Viva as part of the documentary evidence of your approach to the management of the project. 3. A flow chart is recommended for presenting your planned approach effectively. Include a brief description of research activity and. Limitations of the chosen method should be identified and ways to overcome them suggested. the review of progress. What alternative approaches/methods and resources are there to achieve the project aim? Where there is lack of progress there should be brief explanation. Gantt chart – this may have been revised since the Full Project Proposal. and to demonstrate planning for the main report.2 of these guidance notes. you could also include. Knowledge gained of subject fundamentals. Methodology You should clearly describe and justify your chosen methodology and proposed implementation. with examples. specifications. explain your rationale for making any changes/additions. rationale and statement of aims and objectives.0 RESEARCH REPORT A short report should be submitted by week 14 (refer to the intranet myTEE / My Course ) to outline progress. the reasons for changes/developments should be outlined in the next section.• Aim and objectives. 2. If applicable. skills acquired. changes and developments to objectives may well occurred since the autumn. In making progress towards achieving project objectives you are likely to encounter problems. Review of progress Evidence of progress should make reference to your Gantt chart. a brief description of results obtained. For each state briefly their (expected) contribution towards achieving the project aims. designs/sketches. Depending on the project subject area methodology could 8 49527352. Where there is lack of progress there should be brief explanation. It may be the same as the relevant sections of the Full Project Proposal. Are the aim and objectives the same as stated in the full Project Proposal Document? If not. journals and other sources which you have investigated. identifying key research sources and findings. Critical review of previous research in chosen field. • • • • 7. depending on the nature of the project. Provide a brief outline of these and how they have been solved. The reason for including it again is to enable this report to be a stand-alone document which can be read without reference to previous documents. Also. Discussion of possible methodologies. The report should comprise the following sections: 1.
i. you should discuss how you are looking to address each aspect. the validity of the results and findings may be undermined. 9 49527352. style and referencing Your report should be presented in a formal academic style (see guidance for the Main Report). evaluation and judgement. Draw attention to. analysis. Consider the validity and appropriateness of your approach to achieving the project objectives and describe the influence of your research on your methodology. Within the annotated contents you should consider the following: • • • • Appendices • Gantt chart – an updated version of your Gantt Chart should be included. 4. development? What treatment of the results and what analysis will you be undertaking? What questions will it answer? Will there be the scope for interpretation and analysis of your results/designs/proposals/ and comparison with the work of others? What issues do you expect to consider and what questions will it answer? Report format.e. Identify a few key sources drawn from the range of formats explored. software etc. Such limitations and problems should be identified together with how they are to be overcome and/or the compromises that will have had to be made. In what areas are you expecting to ‘add value’. For this section you should be demonstrating how this research will be drawn upon in your Main Report. you should have been reviewing your objectives and methodology in the light of your research findings. However. It could also include the choice of apparatus. your own contribution. Summarise briefly your main findings taking into consideration both project specific and associated issues such as financial and environmental aspects. Planning for the main report You are required to present an annotated ‘Contents’ section. ISO standards.include a design process or subject-specific approach. which should include books. equipment. in areas such as synthesis. analysis. and provide justification for.doc . manufacturers’ data. If the chosen methods are flawed. The assessment criteria in section 11. Your approach to this framework should demonstrate the potential for comprehensive consideration of the project topic and aim. As research progresses. contents. i. Taking the template for the Main Report as a guide. Word count should be between 1150 – 1250 words (main body of the text.e. There should also be a separate bibliography section of relevant background reading.2 provide additional indication of requirements. Sections may be incomplete at this stage but you should be able to offer some insight to how each area will be addressed. Your research should have involved a comprehensive review of literature and other sources relevant to the project. compromises have to be accepted. Sources should be cited correctly in the text and listed in a reference section at the end of the document. comparison. explanation. or fail to include better approaches which could have been considered. as applicable. design. and other sources. this does not include the title page. any developments and changes that have been made since you submitted the proposal document. journals and. list of references and bibliography). interpretation. for example in time and cost.
section headings shown in the list below. methodology and main findings (quantitative if applicable) and conclusions. The word count does not include the title page. ‘‘BSc (Hons) Computer Networks’’ and the month and year of submission. a summary of the report (100-200 words).0 MAIN PROJECT REPORT The project report (and associated product if applicable) is the culmination of the Individual Project. The structure for the main account can be based on the following: 10 49527352. The first (title) page should have the report title and the student’s name and supervisor’s name. tables and plates (photographs).000 words and no more than 10. An abstract. You should state your word count at the bottom of the contents page. Alternative heading titles and sub-division may be used as appropriate to the particular project content – advice should be taken from your supervisor. Paraphrasing the work of others also requires citation and referencing. as applicable.e. student name.8. A glossary of symbols and abbreviations. abstract. It is easy to underestimate the time it takes to convert the source material into a finished final account and you should start planning well in advance of the submission date given in the calendar. acknowledgements. Notes on the content of the report are covered below. A main account of no less than 8. Note that the report should be your own work and should not contain extended extracts from the work of others. Marks will be lost if this is not adhered to.1 Main report – structure and content Refer to the project report template in Moodle. aim. There will be an example standard front cover available from the Learning Centre and the template for the title page is part of the project report template. i.doc . The content of the main account will depend upon the nature of the project. award title e. The assessment criteria in section 11.g. The main project report should be a stand-alone document that can be read independently of other documents and should include the following sections: Cover and title pages The front cover should have the project title (normal maximum of 10 words). The source material for the project report should have been developed and recorded in the logbook during the course of the academic year. of the two paper copies must be ‘comb’ bound – allow sufficient time for this to be completed before the hand-in deadline. bibliography and appendices. Brief quotations for work that is cited should be identified in quotation marks and should always be appropriately referenced to the source.000 words. but unless clearly not necessary it should include the main chapter headings and. It has a weighting of 70% of the project assessment and thus requires appropriate time and care in its production. Acknowledgements identifying those from whom assistance has been received. ‘‘BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY’’. which should cover the topic. references. glossary etc. A total of three copies of the project report – two paper and an electronic copy – will be required.3 provide additional indication on requirements. 8. A contents page listing chapter and section headings with page numbers. A list of diagrams. contents.
but could include hypotheses. It should be more than for personal interest – you should be able to identify a company. leading on to: 1. to shed more ideas and opinion. as 11 49527352. In your report you should include full consideration and justification of your approach. There should follow a list. that led to the project.1.2 Scope Extent in terms of coverage. theories and opinions need to be critically evaluated and the reasons for application of the concepts and their relevance to the solution of the problem need to be established. theory.g. this section may be entitled Literature Survey or you could use an appropriate subject-specific heading. making reference as applicable to a company or industry. using bullet points. time and application.1 Problem definition A statement of the problem. Concepts. following up additional information of relevance arising for example. or a relevant current issue. with its significance and origin.3 Rationale Why has the topic been chosen? This may be because of lack of research in the area. which is to be tested in the course of undertaking the project and industrial/contextual information and influences. but which should also have continued through the year.0 REVIEW OF EXISTING KNOWLEDGE Depending on the scope of the project. 1. from feedback from your supervisor. in response to a request. 1. Bloom’s Taxonomy can help when writing objectives (see Moodle site). from company or organisation. of objectives –the completion of which will lead to attainment of the aim. etc. The outcomes of your research are especially important for ensuring that you are applying the appropriate methodology towards achieving the aims of the project. organisation or other defined group that will benefit from the work.doc . Further sections of background information will depend on the topic area of the project.4 Project aims and objectives There should be a brief and precise statement of overall aim – what is intended to be attained. The objectives are developed out of the aims and can be viewed as stepping-stones on the way to attainment of the aims.0 INTRODUCTION A short overview of the subject under study. It is important to include commentary. 2. It should be a review of the research work undertaken from the beginning of the year. e. 1.
These are presented in the Results section. 3. Depending on the type of project. 7.0 CONCLUSIONS The conclusions should be a short summary of the important results and findings arising from the results and discussion chapters. 5. In this case there may be separate suitably titled headings for each major objective being considered.0 DISCUSSION There should be a comprehensive discussion comprising interpretation of the findings and substantiated observations and judgments about them. 4.doc .0 METHODOLOGY This section of the report should include a description and a justification of the selected methods used. You should not include any new information or discussion in this section. It should be possible for someone else to repeat any experimental or research aspects of the project and expect to obtain the same data. Mention of texts and journal papers that were found belong within the literature survey and should be reviewed in the ‘review of existing knowledge’ section. Depending on the nature of the project. although it may well have developed since then. Refer to your supervisor for guidance. equipment. It could cover a design process or other subject-specific method as applicable to the project topic. the results and discussion chapters may be integrated within chapter(s) of findings covering the relevant project objectives. methodology does not include the results/outcomes of application of the chosen methods. Also. It is important to ensure that the conclusions address the original project objectives and reflect the main discussion. A good methodology increases the validity and reliability of the outcomes. In this case the chapter before Conclusions may be entitled Recommendations. The record in the report should include description of alternative approaches and justification for those selected. 6. Methodology is not about what ‘secondary’ sources were identified. it should also cover the choice of apparatus. Success of the project depends upon careful selection of appropriate methodology which is why it is emphasised in the Autumn Progress Review (refer to section 6 of this document). It should be laid out clearly in the main report. software etc.0 RESULTS All results should be clearly presented and.described in the next chapter. there should be sections of calculations. analysis and/or other treatment of results as applicable. For business and management related projects the presentation of findings may be integrated within discussion sections as referred to below. for practical/experimental /technical projects. and particularly with certain business topics for which the main outcomes are recommendations on various management related aspects.0 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER WORK 12 49527352.
It is possible to use direct quotes but these must not account for more than 10% of your report. They should be well integrated with the text and cited in accordance with the University's standard (Harvard) method. Producing a readable account requires a logical structure to lead the reader from one discussion point to the next and through from one section/chapter to the next. The university library website also provides referencing information http://www. correct and appropriate referencing of all sources used in undertaking the project is an essential requirement of a good report and necessary to avoid allegations of plagiarism.ac.bcu. owing to time constraints and the generation of ideas whilst undertaking the work. Note that any use of sources that are not cited. are separate documents appended at the end of the report.0 REFERENCES Full.Many projects follow on from previous work and. 8. These recommendations should be summarised briefly. 9. It is essential that you reference your work correctly. journals and appropriate internet sources should enhance your work. punctuation and grammar. 10. appropriate and current. which should have short titles. Direct quotes should be identified by using inverted commas and should be appropriately referenced. The language for the report should be straightforward jargon-free English. and reference to.2 Main report – style and conventions The report should be written in your own words and should not contain extended extracts from the work of others. although not an expert in the specific topic.doc . a selection of relevant texts. Any significant errors are liable to cause a reader to suspect that the content of the report may also be flawed. The Faculty standard for degree project reports is similar to papers in technical/professional journals. Examples can be found by referring to journals in your field of study.htm. as described in the Project module site in Moodle and in Learning Centre tip sheets.uk/library/public/frameDev.0 APPENDICES Appendices. Use of. 8. and readable by someone familiar with the general subject area. It also requires that care be taken over spelling. may lead to allegations of plagiarism.0 BIBLIOGRAPHY A bibliography is a list of relevant source texts not directly cited in the report. Additional resources to assist you with referencing can be found on the intranet homepage under Info Links. Reference sources should be selected to be comprehensive. Only include appendices if they are necessary to explain particular details to understand the main report. or that are cited incorrectly. lead on to the possibility of further work. reinforce the validity of your results and findings and demonstrate that you are familiar with accepted knowledge and thinking in the subject area. written in conventional style using the conventional third person past tense. 13 49527352.
Fonts. Use Arial font size 11. Section headings should be lower case with capital letters for the first letter of the first word. and placed at the left hand margin.1 The electronic method of testing Table headings should always appear above the table. Figure captions should appear below the figure. Type to a left hand margin that is 35 mm wide to allow for binding.doc . Use 1. should be in capitals and centred on the line. when it should be spelled out – “Figure”. Equations should be numbered in the right hand margin and referred to in the text. major. with a space between Table and the number following. 3. 3. i.5 lines spacing between lines and double spacing between paragraphs. Do not indent at the start of a paragraph. Pagination 14 49527352. It should also be shortened to Fig.The following conventions should be used and care should be taken to maintain a consistent style throughout the document.” at the beginning of figure captions. Leave a space of two lines above such headings and one below. with a space between Fig. for example:Fig. Figure captions and table headings A consistent style should be used as follows: When figures are referred to in the text they should be typed thus: Fig. Sub-section headings can be in italics. i. paragraphs and line spacing Aim to maintain a consistent approach throughout. headings. leaving a space above and below the heading. When tables are referred to in text they should be typed in full thus: Table 5. Leave a space of two lines above such headings and one below. in the text except where it begins a sentence. Mathematical symbols Mathematical symbols and equations are best entered using a package such as Equation Editor.e. and the number following. The word “Figure’’ should be shortened to “Fig. Type on one side of the page only.e. with the caption in lower case and an initial capital for the first word and proper nouns only. The table heading should be typed in the following way:Table 5 Results of radioactive handling on personnel Text headings Headings throughout the report should be consistent as follows: Main section. The caption should be centred.
). ii. to the IT Helpdesk. Display Boards will be set up in the Level 4 exam suite on the morning of Monday of week 29. 2. to allow the Learning Centre to electronically scan your report for publication on the UCEEL Electronic Library. is given in the intranet myTEE / My Course. 8. pages should be numbered using decimal numerals (1. will be placed on the Learning Centre Notice board and on Moodle. both comb bound and each with the appropriate coursework record form as the front sheet. Facilities for comb binding are available in the Learning Centre. by 14:00 on the date given in the intranet myTEE / My Course. Each board will be numbered. Part-time day-release students may attach their boards by 1000 hrs on their normal 15 49527352. You are also requested to include a completed copyright waver form. for exceptional circumstances. You will be allocated a Display Board Number when you collect a blank poster card from the Learning Centre reception desk. An extension of up to 10 working days to the deadline. Each student will be limited to one A1 sized board. the layout for which should be ‘portrait’. A list of students and supervisors.The CD copy of report may be used to make a check for unreferenced or copied work from other sources.0 POSTER PRESENTATION AND VIVA (WEEK 29) The poster session is held toward the end of the academic year – refer to the dates in the calendar. If the reports are submitted late. Refer to the Undergraduate Student Course Handbook for details about claims. with card title and back covers and a front coursework submission sheet. both comb bound.Starting on the Introduction page. 8. may be claimed in the same way as for coursework for other modules. etc.3 Main report – submission arrangements The deadline for the three report deliverables. using the claim form available from Registry Reception. a mark cap of 40% will apply to the report in the same way as for other module assessments. • The electronic copy of the report on CD should be put into a clear plastic wallet together with the appropriate coursework record form. which should be submitted to the IT Helpdesk each with its appropriate coursework submission sheet. 9. etc. the three copies of the report (two comb bound paper and the CD) must be submitted together. Pages prior to the Introduction page should have Roman numerals (i. Students will display their project work in the form of a poster outlining their projects and summarising achievements.doc . You should attend the relevant tutorial sessions on how to create a poster. Level 3. but without an upheld claim for extension. You should attach the poster to your allocated display board from 1400 hrs on the Monday of week 29 and before 1000 hrs on the Tuesday using Velcro fasteners provided on entry to exam suite. There are 3 separate deliverables are: • Two paper copies of the report. 3.4 Main report – late submission To be recorded as meeting the deadline. iii. within 5 days of the submission deadline.) Binding There should be two hard copies of the main report. Appendix 2. iv.
your Log of Supervisor / Student Final Year Project Meetings (see Appendix 5) and each iteration of your Gantt chart. you may submit a claim for extenuating circumstances to the University’s Representations Committee. to describe what you have done in an informal setting and to an audience not necessarily expert in the field of study. Posters will be retained by the Project Co-ordinator for viewing by external examiners and the exam board. 16 49527352. • • Assessment for the poster/viva session counts for 10% of the project marks.1 Poster assessment The main purpose of the assessment is not to judge the aesthetic appearance of the poster itself. you may.day of attendance. After your poster assessment. As evidence of this you are required to bring your original Full Project Proposal Document. alternatively. It is also worth a visit to a technology exhibition such as at the NEC to see industrial examples. Rather. The marks breakdown is included in chapter 14. It is your responsibility to confirm / arrange the time of interview(s) with your supervisor and 2nd assessor well in advance. 9. 9. it is: • • to summarise the major features and achievements of your project in a tightly constrained way.doc . Following the exam board. which should by the end of the second week in June. Although a guidance schedule will be issued by the Final Year Projects Coordinator. to demonstrate your understanding of what you have done and defend the approach and conclusions by answering questions during the presentation/interview. If you have problems or queries. Project Co-ordinators can direct you to examples of posters from previous years. two separate interviews. you should leave your poster on the display board. It enables people to present their academic work without having to make a formal presentation. posters not required for Faculty use will be available for return to students. The poster session is a test and other than for prior approved re-scheduling. The poster is not exactly like an advertising poster but some of the techniques of advertising technical products could be used to advantage. If you have valid reason for being unable to arrange a suitable time within the 5-day period. You may obtain details of the claims procedure from Level 3 Registry Reception. if you do not attend you will not be assessed and will get a zero mark. arrange an alternative time. normally at least 7 days prior to the due date. if you miss the assessment. The assessment should take place between Monday 1400 hrs and Friday 1400 hrs. As for other assessments. contact your School Project Co-ordinator. subject to prior approval of your Project Co-ordinator. logbook.2 Creating a poster display What is a poster session? A poster session is a common term used in conferences. to demonstrate your approach to the management of the project. There may be a single interview with both supervisor and 2nd assessor present or.
are transferred to the Learning Centre where they are scanned and made available electronically . This is particularly true when you can include graphs and diagrams.it will leave a lasting impression. so use a large typeface. Audience Although formally assessed by the project supervisor and 2nd assessor the poster session will also be an open event.Space and Title The Learning Centre will provide you with an A1 size card. Some of the external examiners for the undergraduate programme may attend. Contents The poster (portrait layout) will normally contain the following: • • • • • Project title and student name. Training Sessions The Learning Centre runs training sessions on how to produce posters. The poster should contain all of the essential elements of the work and be visually attractive. Projects reports that are 17 49527352.present yourself and your project in the best possible way . 10 RETURN OF REPORTS AND POSTERS 10. Microsoft PowerPoint is an example of a package which will give you some good and quick layout options and the word processor font is easily modified. You may also contact your Project Co-ordinator.doc .1 Main Project report The arrangements for return of project reports following the July Examination Board meetings are as follows: reports for projects gaining an overall mark of 65+%. To enable you to get a good layout you should not have more than six A4 sheets on your display. You must have your name and title of your project on the poster. Key discussion points/recommendations. This is necessary because of the size of the display boards. The display should be ‘portrait’ (not ‘landscape’) layout. A brief outline of the methodology used. which is the size of eight A4 sheets. This will be a major piece of work in your degree . It is therefore important that you should be available at other times in the week if requested in advance. Summary results/findings (preferably in graphical form). Sessions are advertised in advance and are held about two weeks prior to the assessment week. Remember the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. A statement of the project/case study brief. Layout The writing should be readable from a metre or so away from the page. Try to think what elements of your work will be most interesting to your audience.for general access on a reference only basis. Queries and Problems If you have any queries or concerns relating to procedure and/or guidance then in the first instance contact your supervisor.please complete the form Appendix 2 . year 2 students will be invited to look at the posters and industrialists and other guests may be invited. Include only the things that are really important in your project.
if not required for TEE use. or disposed of. One paper copy of each report is retained by the Project Coordinator for a minimum of one year in case of query.e one year and three months after the Examination Board meeting).0 ASSESSMENT CRITERIA There are four items of assessment for the Individual Project with the following percentage weightings of the overall mark: Assessment Number Description 1 2 4 3 Autumn Progress Review Research Report Main Report Presentation and Viva Weighting 10% 10% 70% 10% Total 100% Page No 19 20 21 24 Assessment is undertaken by the supervisor and a second assessor using the assessment breakdown and criteria for each item as outlined on the following pages. Posters not required for TEE use will be available for return to students.doc . Projects are selected for scrutiny by a panel using the criteria under the heading Project Moderation. for any audit requirements and/or for supervisor use in project development work.2 Poster All posters are retained for the July examination board meeting. On completion of all the assessments by the supervisor and second assessor. it will be returned to the student. if not required by the supervisor or other member of academic staff. there is a moderation process. Instead they will be returned to the project supervisor. chapter 15. Some posters are retained by the TEE for future display. provided a request is made before the end of October following submission. 11. will not be made available for public access. 18 49527352. Those not required will be returned to the student. After that time. provided a request is made before the end of October following submission.identified as confidential (such as for certain part-time students’ company based projects). the it will be returned to the student provided a request is made before the end of October (i. The moderation panel may recommend modification of the marks to achieve consistency of assessment standard. which should have a note to that effect on the title page. 10. The second copy of the project report if not required by the supervisor and.
3 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 Alternative approaches have been identified and analysed in depth. the appropriate mark in % is multiplied by the element weighting. text.3 Evidence of the ability to carry out rigorous critical analysis of past research in the chosen subject area. In the table below. Critical review of previous research in chosen field 0. 60–69 50–59 40–49 19 49527352. normally the supervisor and second assessor.doc .1 Autumn Progress Review There should be a brief (5 minutes maximum) oral statement to supplement the summary progress document (2 copies to be brought to the review meeting). Possible methodologie s 0. Limited critical appraisal. The sum for the three elements leads to an overall mark. Limitations of the methods have been identified. with shortcomings in depth of analysis. Some information gathering has taken place but it is only just adequate and much additional research work should have been achieved at this stage in order to gain a deeper appreciation of the subject fundamentals. Little or no relevant research leading to the demonstration of a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of the subject area. Element & weighting Knowledge gained of subject fundamentals 0. Alternative approaches have been considered. 70-100 Limitations of the methods have been identified and ways to overcome them suggested. Some alternative approaches have been considered although this could have been explored further. text. There is an adequate consideration of appropriate methodologies. maximum 100 %. There is evidence of good initial research covering the fundamentals of the subject area through a broad range of sources (journals. Mark Range 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 Very little research into the fundamentals of the field but some 30–39 awareness of what should have been achieved and how to go about it. web). Limitations of the methods have been identified and ways to overcome them suggested although this could have been covered in greater depth.11. Little or no critical analysis of previous research in the chosen field.4 Assessment Criteria There is evidence of excellent initial research covering the fundamentals of the subject area through a broad range of sources (journals. Some good critical analysis of previous research in the field although this could have been covered in greater depth. web). The assessors. Insufficient evidence of critical review but enough to indicate ability to pass if further work undertaken. There is evidence of initial research into the essentials of this subject area but further research and information gathering could have been achieved at this stage. Evidence of competent evaluation of the work of previous researchers in the subject area. will then ask questions for up to about 15 minutes on objectives/methodology and initial research.
In the table below. interpretation. No significant shortcoming in structure with all the main elements Mark Range 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 70-100 Planning for main report Annotated ‘Contents’ section 0.There is an insufficient description and consideration of alternative approaches. There is potential for broad consideration demonstrated through identification of key issues involving. interpretation. adequately described. Little detail of proposed implementation provided.1 60–69 20 49527352.5 Assessment Criteria The choice of the final methodology is clearly described and well justified. Good planning for the main report outlined through the annotated ‘Contents’ section. explanation. Issues for consideration have either not been identified and/or there is little scope for them. comparison.4 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 70-100 Report format. Succinct text with style and language in accordance with guidelines and with no significant shortcomings. as applicable to the project topic and aim. Limitations have been identified and ways to overcome them suggested although overall this could have been covered in greater depth. Adequate annotated ‘Contents’ section. Inappropriate methods described. as applicable to the project topic and aim. analysis. Satisfactory planning for the main report demonstrated through a fair annotated ‘Contents’ section. Excellent planning for the main report expressed through a detailed annotated ‘Contents’ section. Inadequate annotated ‘Contents’ section demonstrating little or no planning for the main report. Planning for the main report is not adequately demonstrated but there is indication of ability to make good the shortfall. Element & weighting Methodology Justification for chosen methodology and proposed implementation 0. style and referencing 0. Inadequate detail of proposed implementation. Key issues for consideration have either not been identified or there is little scope for them. as applicable to the project topic and aim. Inappropriate methodology described. Room for improvement and some issues for consideration are omitted. explanation. analysis. The sum for the 2 elements gives the overall percentage mark.2 Research report. analysis. Reasonable choice of approach. Fair justification of selected methodology.doc . Little or no consideration of alternative approaches. evaluation and judgement. the appropriate mark in % is multiplied by the element weighting. evaluation and judgement. week 14 The report is submitted at week 14. An appropriate choice of final methodology. Limitations have been identified. Methods have been selected without justification. Limitations of the chosen method have been identified and ways to overcome them suggested. There is potential for advanced and comprehensive consideration demonstrated through identification of key issues involving. explanation. Weak annotated ‘Contents’ section. comparison. 30–39 0-29 11. There is potential for appropriate consideration demonstrated through identification of issues involving. comparison. evaluation and judgement. Report includes all necessary elements and is there is demonstration of ability to distil content and cite references correctly. interpretation.
There is demonstration of ability to cite references correctly. there is evidence to suggest that some further work and re-drafting could bring performance to a pass standard. There is demonstration of ability to cite references correctly. there may be significant shortcomings . involving advanced theory/concepts relevant to the course. but not fully challenging. Background research has enabled some reasonable consideration of wider issues. 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 11.in the various aspects of the work. manipulate relevant data and generate reasonable content. The text may have significant shortcomings in style. The sum for the 4 elements leads to an overall mark. The content demonstrates depth of knowledge in the subject area relevant to the project aims and has benefited from the outcomes of extensive research. Includes major elements but there may be omissions or shortcomings. Serious shortfall in demonstration of achievement of objectives. However there is evidence of ability to undertake investigation. Style and language generally in accordance with the guidelines although there may be some minor deficiencies.3 Assessment Criteria Evidence of much high quality work.doc . There may be some shortcomings in clarity and some minor omissions of content. objectives. However. and leading to the achievement of demanding objectives using appropriate methods.errors/omissions . the appropriate mark in % is multiplied by the element weighting. The content demonstrates depth of knowledge in the subject area relevant to the project aims and has benefited from relevant research. Mark Range 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 21 49527352. Serious shortcomings but enough indication of ability to suggest some additional work should lead to a pass standard. leading to the achievement of demanding objectives. There is an adequate quantity of appropriate level work involving application of course-relevant knowledge and leading to limited achievement of undemanding objectives. there should be adequate demonstration of ability to present a readable account and an attempt to appropriately reference it but there are shortcomings. However.3 Main report The project report is the culmination of the Media Technology Project. It may not be straightforward to follow. Evidence of generally competent work leading to achievement of appropriate. involving in-depth theory/concepts. Report has substantial shortcomings in most or all aspects. The report should be capable of being read independently of any other documentation. In the table below. or some incompleteness of challenging objectives. language and/or lack of conciseness. Element & weighting Achievement of objectives 0.included. maximum 100 %. Background research has enabled only cursory consideration of wider issues. Report generally follows guidelines including all main elements. There may be some error or lack of evidence in citing references in the report. although some areas could have been covered more thoroughly and/or with greater depth and insight. obtain reasonable results. Evidence of good quality work. Treatment of results is too superficial and/or incomplete. However.
Some. Alternative approaches have been considered and some reasoning supports selection. Wide ranging research using all appropriate techniques/sources and achieving an extensive information base.) are listed under the reference heading and appropriately cited in the report. conclusions and recommendations. but insufficient. journal articles. There may not be a demonstration of knowledge and understanding associated with higher grades. All documentary sources (texts.1 Analysis and discussion 0. although these could have been covered with greater depth and/or insight. Critical analysis of findings with comprehensive consideration of relevance. but 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 70-100 60–69 22 49527352. However some may not be directly relevant and more advanced work may be overlooked. A broad research identifying much information. Some relevant research. Those selected as most suitable are justified.doc .) are listed under the reference heading and appropriately cited in the report. Inappropriate methods described. Methodical care and competence in the analysis of findings.) are listed under the reference heading and appropriately cited in the report. etc. All documentary sources (texts. but with evidence of ability to analyse which could lead to a pass standard with further work.Review of Existing Knowledge 0. Some appraisal of relevance. Thorough consideration of the imitations of the methods and ways to overcome them. superficiality or incoherence. etc. Wide ranging research using most techniques/sources to achieve a good information base. Major additional work and re-drafting of the report required. There is an adequate consideration of methodology leading to reasonable choice of approach. Limitations of the methods have been identified and ways to overcome them suggested. Reasoned recommendations cover most relevant areas. Limitations of the methods have been identified. There is reasoned and logical justification for selections. adequately described. journal articles. journal articles. Comprehensive consideration and analysis of findings.1 Methodology 0. journal articles. Interpretation and analysis of findings related to advanced theory/concepts is full and justified. Little research but enough to indicate ability to pass if further work undertaken. Alternative approaches have been considered and those appropriate selected with some justification. Little or no evidence of analysis or indication of potential in this area. There is an insufficient description and consideration of alternative approaches. but significant shortcomings in extent or validity of analysis. Effective development of knowledge base following initial literature search. Methods have been selected without justification.4 Substantial deficiencies through one or a combination of incompleteness. etc. Little or no relevant research or demonstration of ability to undertake research. but with shortcomings in extent and level. etc. evaluation. All documentary sources (texts. All documentary sources (texts. Little or no consideration of alternative approaches.) are listed under the reference heading and appropriately cited in the report. Alternative approaches and wider issues are considered comprehensively. Generally competent consideration of findings. Alternative approaches have been identified and analysed in depth and those most appropriate selected with full justification and clearly described.
Satisfactory conclusions may cover only some of the objectives and some conclusions may not be logically justified. Tabulated/diagrammatic/visual presentation of data is clear and the report is well referenced throughout. It may not be straightforward to follow. there should be adequate demonstration of ability to present a readable account. Analysis is limited in extent and depth and may have some errors/shortcomings. However. sections. Little or no evidence of interpretation/analysis of results/findings and little or no indication of potential in this area. There may be some shortcomings in clarity of both text and visual presentation and some minor omissions of content. There may be some flawed analysis and/or omission of some areas of analysis. There are appropriate supporting appendices. evaluation. No significant shortcoming in structure with all the main elements included.doc . Style and language generally in accordance with the guidelines although there may be some minor deficiencies. Report requires major drafting/re-drafting in most or all sections. Some. such as inappropriate use of chapters. Report includes all necessary elements and is appropriately referenced throughout. which could lead to a pass standard with further work. supported by some relevant tables/diagrams/visual forms presenting data. The text may have significant shortcomings in style. Includes major elements but there may be omissions or shortcomings in logical order. conclusions and recommendations are well reasoned and justified. Selections. 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 23 49527352. but with enough evidence of ability to analyse. language and/or lack of conciseness. Succinct text with style and language in accordance with guidelines and with no significant shortcomings. There may be some error or lack of evidence in citing references in the report. but enough indication of ability to suggest some additional work should lead to a pass standard. There is some consideration of wider issues with reasonable comments. Presentation of result/findings is clear and is supported using suitable visual/diagrammatic/tabular techniques. figures and appendices. There is interpretation of straightforward data/findings. Serious shortcomings in structure and/or presentation. but insufficient. There is evidence of ability to undertake basic treatment of information/results and to explain straightforward findings.1 without the depth and/or consideration of wider issues.Report structure and presentation 0. Report generally follows guidelines including all main elements.
1 Assessment Criteria Well planned. there is sufficient evidence to suggest that some additional preparation time would enable a pass standard to be achieved. Some hesitance in responses/discussion indicates lack of familiarity with the topic and wider issues. succinct and informative responses to questions. However there is adequate Mark Range 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 Visual presentation 0. although the poster may be over-detailed or.doc . with good impact and error free. Excellent encapsulation of key points. straightforward to follow. Good encapsulation of key points. although with significant deficiencies in content/clarity/interest. Good responses to questions and in discussion appears to be generally familiar with the specific topic and with relevant wider issues. However it adequately presents some of the main points. maximum 100 %. Fair attempt at reflecting on the major features and achievements. Presentation not well planned and delivered. error free. in part. or lacking relevant content.11. appropriate to the audience. Major shortcomings in clarity and/or relevance. The sum for the 3 elements leads to an overall mark. Oral presentation lacks clarity and/or relevance.4 24 49527352. appears to be well informed on specific subject knowledge as well as wider issues associated with the project. Poster lacks information on key aspects of project. Little or no engagement with reflective practice. Element & weighting Oral presentation 0. lacking clarity. Reasonable encapsulation of key points. lacking a clear message and/or including minor errors. methodology. Poster either incoherent and lacking awareness of basic presentation requirements. extremely clear. Confident. There may be some minor deficiencies in knowledge.4 Poster presentation and viva Presentations will be undertaken following submission of the project report. but conveys some relevant information. In discussion. Students will make a brief presentation to the supervisor and second supervisor and will also answer questions about aspects of the project. some aspects lack of clarity. coherent oral presentation expressed with confidence and interest. In the table below. generally clear. and/or lack of understanding in some areas. the appropriate mark in % is multiplied by the element weighting. However. Reasonable responses to questions and is able adequately to discuss straightforward aspects. confident and interesting. There may be indication of a shortage of planning and care in composing/creating the display. high impact. Inadequate reflection on the success of the chosen approach. Good oral description reflecting on main features of project. Adequate reflection on the success of the chosen approach. reflecting on the aims / objectives. but should be able to attain pass standard with some additional time in preparation. and/or with little impact and some errors.1 30–39 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 Discussion / defence 0. research activity and achievements. Some deficiencies of key points.
Evidence of adequate project management skills demonstrated through documentary evidence.4 responses to questions on key points of knowledge/understanding. poorly documented. A fair approach to the management of the project demonstrated through documentary evidence. but should be able to reach pass standard with some additional preparation. Evidence of excellent project management skills demonstrated through a variety of documentary evidence. Responses are incoherent or display lack of essential knowledge and/or relevance.doc . Serious shortfall in ability to explain fundamentals.Evidence of appropriate project management 0. Little or no evidence of an appropriate approach to project management. Evidence of good project management skills demonstrated through a range of documentary evidence. Inadequate approach to project management. 30–39 0-29 70-100 60–69 50–59 40–49 30–39 0-29 25 49527352.
The moderation panel selects projects for consideration by the panel using the following typical descriptors: Mark 70 % and above: evidence of much work of the highest quality leading to achievement of demanding objectives. but not fully challenging. There is evidence of extensive research. Content builds on knowledge/skills from higher level course modules. Interpretation and analysis of findings is full. but with only limited consideration. style or language. The report closely follows conventions with no major shortcomings in structure. The report demonstrates inventiveness and ability to analyse complex theory/concepts and relate them to practice. The report contains necessary major sections. Content relates to course modules but does not demonstrate the depth associated with higher classification. 26 49527352. and wider issues are not explored. Analysis may be narrow and with only limited consideration of wider issues. There is extensive use of relevant sources. and alternative approaches and wider issues are considered. but the benefit to the work. or analysis associated with higher classifications There is evidence of some research. objectives. but appropriate. However. and in general the analysis and consideration of wider issues. but the analysis is limited. depth. with depth in areas relevant to the degree title. Report closely follows conventions with no major shortcomings in structure.12. Mark 40 . and with comments. competently undertaken. The report generally follows conventions but may suffer from some shortcomings. but may suffer from significant shortcomings. There is demonstration of a reasonable quantity of relevant work.0 Project Moderation On completion of assessment by two assessors there is a moderation process. Content involves knowledge/skills from course modules. Mark 50 .59 %: evidence of generally competent work leading to achievement of appropriate. The report demonstrates ability to solve relevant problems and handle data competently.49 %: there is evidence of adequate ability and sufficient effort towards achievement of undemanding. objectives. but not demonstrating the highest intellectual calibre associated with first class honours.69 %: evidence of much good quality work. there is evidence of ability to manipulate relevant data in a manner. which are referenced through the text. and leading to achievement of demanding objectives. Mark 60 . There is evidence of research. with depth in areas relevant to the degree title. demonstrating an adequate level of understanding for the award. The report demonstrates methodical care and competence in solving problems and in the treatment of information and results. but without the investigative background. style or language. is not fully explored.doc .
establish the suitability of proposed projects. Each student will be assigned an academic supervisor who will monitor progress and provide guidance. maintaining records. recording progress and documenting outcomes. Completing the project involves specifying an aim. planning. There are a range of project topics according to the course title. Assistance with selecting a project is through guidance notes. A variety of project topics are offered enabling students to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in an area of interest relevant to their course title. tutorials. SYLLABUS Module Title: Faculty: School: Credit value: Media Technology Project UG3 Version 1. considering alternative approaches and techniques. The project therefore provides opportunity to demonstrate technical and general employability preparation for career progression. devising solutions and if applicable an artefact. verifying and analysing results and reporting on outcomes. subject to approval. Engineering and the Environment Digital Media Technology 30 Module Code: FM6308 Level: 6 Programme(s) on which the module is delivered: BSc BSc BSc BSc BSc BSc BSc BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Hons) Multimedia Technology (Hons) Film Production and Technology (Hons) Film Technology and Special Effects (Hons) Games Design and Production (Hons) Television Technology and Production (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production (Hons) Sound and Multimedia Technology Brief content: 20 10 60 60 15 0 30 0 Relationship with Programme Philosophy and Aims The project simulates typical graduate workplace tasks that require in-depth knowledge and skills in a course specific area. managing activities and resources. implement and report on solutions to meet task objectives. Projects topics may also be student proposed. researching scientific and technical sources. evaluating and verifying results. creating and implementing solutions. consideration of wider issues and the ability to manage activities and resources. Activities include generating a proposal. in consultation with supervisors.02 Technology. The project co-ordinator will. analysing. researching literature and information for topic-specific and wider issues. formulating objectives. Study hours: Lecturers: Seminars/Tutorials: Assessment: Lecturer Guided Study: Self Directed Study: Notional Total Hours: . Indicative content Projects may be university or industry based.APPENDIX 1. meetings and on-line resources. and to generate. MEDIA TECHNOLOGY PROJECT. The project title should be appropriate to the student’s course and provide sufficient scope for the exploration of technology or for the subject matter to be investigated in a suitably scientific manner appropriate to a BSc.
Tutorials are supported by on-line material on the university’s VLE and the faculty’s Learning Centre provides resources to support students in following good practice and creating deliverables. tasks/activities. The Autumn progress review is held towards the end of the autumn term. techniques. The main report is the culmination of the project module and is submitted towards the end of the scheduled duration.doc . resources. schedule and safety assessment. conclusions drawn and recommendations for further study highlighted. Study mode / delivery method(s): The normal timescale for completing a project is from September to May. The main report will allow for the exploration of existing research in the chosen area. Evidence considered at progress review can include short written progress/evaluation documents and brief presentations and question/answer sessions as applicable to the course. Regular contact between the student and project supervisor is expected. supported by appropriate visual media. Tutorials are scheduled during the year covering all aspects of undertaking and writing up the project. The project proposal document is the foundation for the project activity through the academic year and benefits from formative feedback. Students have responsibility for maintaining contact with their supervisors and should meet/communicate with them on a regular basis. expenditure.The first deliverable is a proposal document which follows the registration of the project. 28 49527352. The knowledge gained will be discussed. The presentation. offers the opportunity to reflect on the project and for students to demonstrate depth of knowledge and defend the approach and conclusions through response to questions. The guidance notes require the content and format of reports to follow accepted conventions appropriate to the study area. rationale. going on to detail the student’s chosen methodology and findings. expressed as a number of objectives. Before the mid-point of the year students submit a brief research report which includes a discussion of the chosen methodology and plans for the main report. The presentation provides occasion for the discussion of the approach to project management and students are required to bring documentary evidence to support this. A final project viva is undertaken after submission of the main report. experimentation or via the creation of an artefact. The analysis and verification of results may be achieved through comparison to established theory. The proposal document must be approved to authorise the project to proceed and is considered as part of the final assessment as one aspect of the project’s management. The document outlines the project aim and how it is to be achieved.
3. draw conclusions. 7. experimentation or via the creation of an artefact. 2. formulate appropriate and achievable objectives and plan to achieve them. Regular contact between the student and project supervisor is encouraged. Emphasis is placed upon student centred learning and independence. defending the approach taken. Tutorials are run through the year and cover all aspects of undertaking the research and writing up the project. analysing and evaluating findings. concise. orally. including a schedule of dates and information and direction for each deliverable. comparison to established theory. such as legal. Create a project proposal demonstrating ability to analyse the aim. techniques. The university VLE is used to provide additional guidance on all aspects of undertaking the project. logical and coherent manner. with justification. The Learning Centre provides resources to support students in following good practice and creating deliverables.Intended Learning Outcomes and the means by which they are to be achieved and demonstrated. Select. Learning Outcome Learning and Teaching Methods On completion of the module. financial and environmental. Develop a solution. Conduct research into sources of scientific / technical literature as appropriate. make recommendations. Students having the responsibility for maintaining contact with their supervisors. the most suitable methodology. discuss and evaluate outcomes. techniques/activities to meet objectives within a specified time. 4. 29 49527352.doc . visually and in writing. demonstrating in-depth knowledge and skills specific to the project and taking account wider issues. 6. as appropriate. Analyse. Verify results using an appropriate method. the student should be able to: 1. and communicate findings in a clear. 5. Maintain a record of activity including research conducted and results. There is a module guide in the form of comprehensive guidance notes.
through online directed study activities. Feedback for formative assessment is both written.1 10% Individual Indicative Description Autumn progress review – knowledge gained and critical review. Weight/Type 1. prior to enrolment there should be substantial completion of level 4 and 5 modules such that the programme of study for the academic year during which the Project is undertaken can lead at least to the award of ordinary Bachelor’s Degree. Related Modules The Project is undertaken during the academic year in which the student expects to complete the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science Degree (ordinary) or Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours.doc . Summative Assessment Assessment comprises an interim progress review. online and email. as for the proposal document.1 2. Therefore.Assessment and feedback Formative Assessment Opportunities for formative assessment will be provided in supervisor meetings. main report and viva. Assess.2 2 80% CWK 2. Research report – methodology and planning. 30 49527352. via the university’s VLE. There is also opportunity for informal feedback at tutorial sessions.2 10% 70% 10% Individual Individual Individual Learning Outcomes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Assessment 1 Feedback Written feedback is provided for each element of summative assessment via the coursework return system. and informal at for example at meetings with supervisor. Main Report Presentation & viva – defence and discussion / project management Assessment 2 1. 1 Weight 20% Type CWK Indic.
3rd ed. J. WEAVER. 31 49527352. Aldershot: Gower. 2001. 1999. Indicative Software Resources Microsoft Office Physical Resources Classrooms for Final Year Project support tutorials. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Your Student Research Project..the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Particular resources may be required depending on the nature of the individual project. LUCK. Web-based Resources Moodle . VAN EMDEN. Success in Your Project. 2005. Basingstoke: Palgrave. M. SHARP. J. Effective Communication for Science and Technology. 2004. Doing Your Research Project.. Aldershot: Gower. J. A Guide to Student System Development Projects.Learning Resources Reading Lists BELL. The Management of a Student Research Project. P. 2002.doc .
g. Some publishers may regard the UCEEL copy as constituting prior publication. I understand the electronic copy of my project / thesis available on UCEEL will omit these sections from view) Signature: __________________________________________________________ Print Name: Date: __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ N. I confirm the above project / thesis is a true and unaltered representation of the project / thesis as submitted to Birmingham City University course tutors and examiners. If the project / thesis includes such material please supply the following details: a) Page reference / item reference: b) I have obtained and attached a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter included in my project / thesis Yes No (please circle) (If No.B.APPENDIX 2. I confirm that the above project / thesis includes / does not include (please delete as appropriate) material copied from a source (e. The copy can be removed from UCEEL if it becomes an obstacle to future commercial publication. If you are at anytime in consultation with a publisher regarding this work you will need to declare the copy held on UCEEL. a book) where ownership of the copyright does not belong to myself.doc . 3. COPYRIGHT WAIVER UCEEL Copyright Waiver Student Name: Project/Thesis Title ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ Course: _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Student Agreement 1. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the document / project work described above. 2. Official Use only ORION unique number: ________________ Date added to the system: ________________ IS228a/Oct07 32 49527352. I confirm that Birmingham City University can electronically archive and make accessible the project / thesis described above via the UCEEL Electronic Library system.
provisional objectives and provide a brief statement of rationale. Is this your own or a tutor proposed project? own / tutor 1) 2) Please ensure the tutor (requested supervisor or another appropriate member of academic staff) has signed below Name of Tutor: …………………………………………. In particular you need to discuss how aspects of technology will be explored in your project. Rationale Aim 33 49527352. Initial allocations of supervisor may be revised later. Media Technology Project UG3.doc . you should discuss it with the Project Coordinator or other member of academic staff who you wish to supervise your project and obtain their approval that it is appropriate for your course. PROJECT REGISTRATION (Hons) Degrees. (refer to note at top) List the aim.Date consulted: …………… Tutor comments: Tutor signature: …………………………………………. 1)Surname/Family 2) First/Given Student Number Course title Brief Project Title which must be appropriate to course title. If you are proposing your own idea for a project. Please note that a tutor signature in support of a proposal does not necessarily indicate acceptance of supervision responsibility. 2010/2011 Please first refer to tutor-advertised project titles on the Learning Centre web site. Note that the division project moderation committee may require changes and/or additions to aim and objectives. Priority will be given to topics advertised/supported by staff.APPENDIX 3. Refer to discussion with tutor. Supervisors are appointed by the Centre and in areas of over-demand an allocation process will be implemented based on the proposal merit and date of receipt of this form.
. questionnaires) YES / NO Please circle If you answer YES.......…..... Student signature: ... which areas in particular does each support? (Expand this table as required) Does this project involve human or animal subjects? (includes interviews...............…Date. surveys.....Objectives Key Texts Give details of at least 4 texts (at least 2 of which should be books) that you will be looking to draw upon as part of your research............doc ........................... 34 49527352.. Offer some insight into how this material will support your project.. please refer to the research ethics check list form available via the Final Year Project Resources accessible through myTEE and sign below to agree to abide by the TEE / BCU research ethics regulations...........
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surveys. (*) Involvement of human subjects is very broad includes interviews. Until your research proposal has been approved by the TEE you cannot proceed with the research as planned.doc . questionnaires and any other activity where human subjects and their responses forms an integral part of your research project. You should therefore complete and submit this form well in advance of your proposed project start date.APPENDIX 4. 36 49527352. RESEARCH ETHICS APPROVAL FORM INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE If your proposed research will involve human subjects* in any way then you must complete this form so that the ethical implications of your research can be assessed by the TEE Research Ethics Committee. ETHICAL APPROVAL CANNOT BE APPLIED RETROSPECTIVELY Once you have completed this form with your Project Supervisor it should be returned to The Chair of the TEE Research Ethics Committee via Registry. In case of doubt please take advice from your project supervisor or the Chair of the tic Research Ethics Committee.
justifying why they are needed and explaining clearly the nature of their participation: Will any research subjects will be under the age of eighteen years? YES / NO Identify briefly any potential risks to the subjects from participating in this research: Explain the process that you will adopt for obtaining informed consent from all participant (and from Parents / Guardians if required): 37 49527352.doc .RESEARCH ETHICS INFORMATION SHEET Provide a brief summary of your research project aims and objectives Summarise briefly the role of human subjects in the research.
(ii) approached and (iii) recruited to the research programme: Explain the processes will you adopt to ensure the confidentiality of any personal data collected from the research subjects and ensure that all data is held in full compliance with the Data Protection Act: 38 49527352.Explain briefly how potential participants in the project will be (i) identified.doc .
Explain how the identity of the subjects will be protected in any published outputs from the research programme: Are you or any of your co-researchers. in any position of power / authority over any of the research subjects? If yes. Date: Name of Applicant: Signed: 39 49527352. I have answered these questions truthfully to the best of my knowledge.doc . please explain how any potential conflict of interests or other issues will be avoided: Will financial / in kind payments (other than reasonable expenses and compensation for time) be offered to participants? If so. please indicate the value of such payments and explain how this is justified.
that non-participation will not affect an individuals rights or access to any other facilities / services / etc. POSSIBLE RISKS TO PARTICIPANTS Identify clearly any potential risk to the participants BENEFITS TO THE PARTICIPANTS Identify clearly any possible benefits to the participants RESEARCHER CONTACT DETAILS Provide the contact details of the investigator(s) and supervisor where the principal investigator is a student). CONFIDENTIALITY Include a statement which addresses confidentiality and security of information. Indicate what data will be collected . including both activity and the total amount of time required. from whom participants can obtain further information. 40 49527352.doc . that participants are at liberty to withdraw at any time without prejudice or negative consequences. who will have access to this data.RESEARCH PROJECT INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARTICIPANTS TITLE OF RESEARCH PROJECT: RESEARCHER(S): include principal investigator and any co-investigators THE AIMS OF THE PROJECT: summarise why the research is being done PROJECT DATES: indicate start-date and end-data so consent is time limited PARTICIPANTS ROLE IN THE RESEARCH: Describe what will be required of the participants. the purposes for which it will be used and for how long it will be kept following the completion of the research. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE RESEARCH Include a statement that demonstrates that participation in the research is completely voluntary.
doc .RESEARCH PARTICIPANT CONSENT FORM TITLE OF RESEARCH PROJECT: RESEARCHER(S): include principal investigator and any co-investigators PARTICIPANT DETAILS: Name: Address: Telephone: DOB (if under 18 years of age): PROJECT DATES: indicate start-date and end-data so consent is time limited PARTICIPANT DECLARATIONS: Please delete as applicable I have been informed of and understand the purposes of the research NO I have been given an opportunity to ask questions YES / YES / NO YES / I understand that any information which might potentially identify me NO will not be used in any published material I understand that I may request access to any data collected by the NO researcher(s) that relates to me: I agree to participate in the study as outlined NO I understand I may withdraw at any time without prejudice" NO Date: Parent / Guardian: Signature: Signature: YES / YES / YES / 41 49527352.
T. Students should create continuation sheets as required.O.APPENDIX 5 Log of Supervisor / Student Final Year Project Meetings. P. These documents are to be kept by the student and brought to the Poster Presentation.doc . 42 49527352.
Student name: Supervisor comments on progress since last meeting Supervisor name: Action Points to be considered by the student ahead of the next meeting Supervisor signature Date of meeting 43 49527352.doc .Log of Supervisor / Student Final Year Project Meetings.
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