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COMP10900: First Year Team Project (2007-2008)

This is an archived syllabus from 2007-2008

First Year Team Project
Level: 1
Credit rating: 20
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Co-requisites: COMP10081 or COMP10580 or COMP17010
Duration: 2 semesters
Lectures: 1 hour per week (in most weeks), including guest lecturers
Labs: 2 hours per week
Lecturers: Pete Jinks
Course lecturers: Graham Gough

Pete Jinks

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w0 Lecture LF15 Fri 10:00 - 12:00 -
w0 Lecture 2.19 Thu 13:00 - 15:00 -
w0 Lecture LF15 Fri 13:00 - 15:00 -
w0 Lecture LF15 Fri 15:00 - 17:00 -
w0 Lecture LF15 Thu 15:00 - 17:00 -
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lab Dual Wed 09:00 - 11:00 Y
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lab Dual Tue 09:00 - 11:00 B,M
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lab Dual Tue 11:00 - 13:00 Z
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lab UNIX Tue 11:00 - 13:00 xB
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lab UNIX Wed 11:00 - 13:00 xA
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lecture 1.1 Fri 12:00 - 13:00 -
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Lab Eng Thu 10:00 - 11:00 B,M
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Lab UNIX Thu 10:00 - 11:00 Z
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Lecture 1.1 Thu 11:00 - 12:00 -
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Lab Dual Fri 11:00 - 12:00 X
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Lab UNIX Thu 12:00 - 13:00 Y
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 0%
Coursework: 90%
Lab: 10%
Degrees for which this unit is core
  • Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons)




The main aim of this course-unit is to develop various non-technical skills, within a context that students will find relevant and engaging: a project to create a web-based application. These skills will help students to succeed both during their time at University and, more importantly, in their future working life.

Although there are lectures, they do not directly cover topics such as how to build a web-based application. Instead, students are encouraged to assess their own knowledge and decide what extra information they need and how they will obtain it (Inquiry Based Learning).

The various events and deliverables within the project are chosen to widen the student's range of experiences and capabilities - for example, group working, self- and peer- learning, setting goals and managing progress towards them, innovation and design - whilst being carefully phased and managed so that students can cope with each new step. In particular, each group of 5 or 6 students has a tutor/facilitator who they meet each week, and who carefully guides them at the beginning, but gives them as much freedom and control as they need later on, tailoring the course-unit to individual needs.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course-unit will:

- professional/ethical issues/behaviour/skills
"Be able to better understand the difference between what is ethical and what is legal"
"Be aware of the requirements for professionalism in respect of the work of the professional societies and their codes of conduct and practice."

- legal issues
"Have a basic knowledge of relevant legal issues, such as contracts, IPR, and computer mis-use"

- group working - interaction with peers, respect for others, responsibility, roles, conduct of meetings, peer learning, group dynamics
"Have improved knowledge and some experience of group working"

- project management - version control

- self management - time management, setting and attaining goals, independence from "superiors" (e.g. lecturers), independent learning

- communication skills - formal written + oral, informal group working
"Have acquired presentation skills"

- innovation

- intellectual/cognitive development

- life-long learning

"Be aware of some of the potential problems of managing large IT projects"

Assessment of Learning outcomes

There are assessed deliverables for each phase:

Phase 0: Introduction
(0Au): Group audit
(0MG): Group management guidelines

Phase 1: Professional Issues - Software Patents
(1De): Debate

Phase 2: Professional Issues - Ethics
(2Et): Group ethical guidelines
(2Re): Individual report

Phase 3: World-Wide What?
(3Pr): Group presentation
(3Po): Group poster
(3Re): Individual report

Phase 4: Building a Web Application
(4Pr): Group presentation
(4Sh): Group showcase
(4Re): Individual report

(Tut): Student's participation is also assessed in each tutorial.

Learning outcomes are assessed as follows:

0Au 0MG 1De 2Et 2Re 3Pr 3Po 3Re 4Pr 4Sh 4Re Tut
Eth - - - Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y -
Leg - - Y - - Y Y Y Y Y Y -
Group Y Y - - - - - - Y - Y Y
ProjMan - - - - - Y Y Y Y - Y Y
Oral C - - Y - - Y Y - Y Y - Y
Written Y Y - - Y - Y Y - - Y -
Inn - - - - - Y Y - Y Y - -

Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes



Phase 0: Introduction [registration week]

Phase 1: Professional Issues - Software Patents [2 weeks]

Phase 2: Professional Issues - Ethics [3 weeks + reading week]

Phase 3: World-Wide What? [6 weeks]

Phase 4: Building a Web Application [11 weeks]

Reading List

Students are expected to find and evaluate their own sources of information.