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COMP30900: 3rd Year Project Laboratory (2008-2009)

This is an archived syllabus from 2008-2009

3rd Year Project Laboratory
Level: 3
Credit rating: 30
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Duration: 22 weeks
Lectures: 6 hours in total, all in registration week (see for details)
Labs: None
Lecturers: Ian Pratt-Hartmann
Course lecturer: Ian Pratt-Hartmann

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w0 Lecture 1.1 Fri 09:00 - 11:00 -
w0 Lecture HUM BRIDGEFORD CORDING Mon 14:00 - 16:00 -
w0 Lecture 1.1 Wed 14:00 - 17:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 0%
Coursework: 0%
Lab: 0%
Degrees for which this unit is core
  • Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons)


The aims for the project work done in the third year are:

To manage and execute a substantial project in a limited time.

To identify and learn whatever new skills are needed to complete the project.

To apply design and engineering skills in the accomplishment of a single task. In this context the skills mentioned may be in the general area of design and engineering in its broadest sense, or may be very specifically related to particular tools.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course unit, a student should have

Planned, executed and completed a significant design and, as appropriate, investigation or implementation within the time budget available. (B and C)
Used the project supervisor appropriately as project consultant or customer. (D)
Given a seminar which justifies the project. (C)
Given a presentation of results (e.g. a software demonstration) showing practical competence and demonstrating the results of the project. (C)
Documented the project in a final report. (C)

Assessment of Learning outcomes

There is no examination.

Learning outcome (3) is assessed by judging the seminar.
Learning outcome (4) is assessed by judging the demonstration.
Learning outcome (5) is assessed by judging the report.
Learning outcome (2) is assessed by the supervisor.
Learning outcome (1) is assessed by all of these mechanisms.

Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes

B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5


The formal lectures for the course take place during Registration Week at the beginning of the academic year. See for details.

Students are also required to do 3 assignments as part of the work in the introductory week. These involve preparing a poster, some presentation slides, and a project plan including a Gantt chart. These assignments make up 5% of the marks assigned to the project.

Reading List

Notes for guidance in carrying out a project are available on the Web via the URL:

Core Text
Title: Essence of Computing Projects, A Student's Guide
Author: Dawson, Christian W.
Publisher: Pearson Education Ltd., Prentice Hall
Year: 2000

Core Text
Title: Elements of Style
Author: William I. Strunk and E.B. White
Publisher: Allyn and Bacon, 1999

Core Text
Title: Elements of Style
Author: William I. Strunk and E.B. White
Publisher: Allyn and Bacon, 1999