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COMP40901: Industrial Group Project (2011-2012)

This is an archived syllabus from 2011-2012

Industrial Group Project
Level: 4
Credit rating: 25
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Lecturers: Nick Filer, Alasdair Rawsthorne, Alex Walker
Course lecturers: Nick Filer

Alasdair Rawsthorne

Alex Walker

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Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 0%
Coursework: 100%
Lab: 0%

Introduction

The fourth year of the MEng course commences immediately after the end of the third year with students undertaking a placement in a company over the summer vacation. Students work on a single task for the firm for a period for between 8 and 12 weeks. The work is intended to give students an appreciation of how companies operate, to enable practical skills to be applied to a new application, to enhance existing practical skills, to further time management skills, to improve transferable skills such as communication and team working.

The project is assessed and counts 25 credits towards the fourth year mark. Students are responsible for finding a project although the School makes every effort through its contacts with companies to notify students of firms looking to employ students over the summer vacation. Project proposals are vetted for suitability and approved by the MEng Course Tutor. In general, it is expected that appropriate placements will involve some elements of design, implementation, testing and evaluation.

Aims

The aims for the group project work done in the fourth year are:
1) To manage and execute a substantial project in a limited time.
2) To identify and learn whatever new skills are needed to complete the project.
3) To apply design and engineering skills in the accomplishment of a 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.
4) To experience team working in an industrial environment.
5) To solve a problem containing a range of commercial and industrial constraints.
6) To communicate effectively with computer science professional as well as non-specialists at a range of levels.

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
G5Demonstrated initiative-taking, innovation and self-management in an industrially related group project.
  • Individual coursework
  • Placement Assessment
  • Presentation
G5Gained a knowledge and understanding of the broad context within which Computer Science resides including issues such as quality, reliability, enterprise, employment law, accounting, and health and safety.
  • Placement Assessment
  • Presentation
  • Individual coursework
G5Integrated previously acquired skills and applying them to new (demanding) situations.
  • Individual coursework
  • Placement Assessment
  • Presentation
G5Executed and completed a significant piece of IT work.
  • Presentation
  • Individual coursework
  • Placement Assessment
G5Given a seminar which justifies the project.
  • Individual coursework
  • Placement Assessment
  • Presentation
G5Documented the project in a final report.
  • Placement Assessment
  • Individual coursework
  • Presentation

Syllabus

There is no formal syllabus but placements are expected to have elements of design, implementation, testing and evaluation. Students who secure a placement should fill in the Placements Approval form, accessible from the Industrial Placements section of the undergraduate intranet, for formal approval by the MEng Course Tutor.

Reading List

The notes for guidance and procedures in applying for and undertaking a project are available in the Student Placement Handbook which can be accessed from the Industrial Placements section of the undergraduate intranet.