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This is an archived syllabus from 2014-2015

COMP30040 Third Year Project Laboratory syllabus 2014-2015

COMP30040 Third Year Project Laboratory

Level 3
Credits: 40
Enrolled students: 153

Course leader: Andy Carpenter

Additional staff: view all staff

Assessment methods

  • 80% Coursework
  • 20% Oral assessment/presentation
w0 WELCOME 1.1 Fri 10:00 - 12:00 -
w0 WELCOME Uni Place TH A Mon 10:00 - 12:00 -
w0 WELCOME 1.1 Wed 15:00 - 17:00 -
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • None


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.


The formal lectures for the course take place during Welcome Week at the beginning of the academic year. The times are shown in the details panel.

Students are required to produce six deliverables during the year including some coursework during Welcome Week. Details are on the Third Year Project (COMP30040 materials) web pages.

Teaching methods


6 hours in total, all in Welcome Week

Feedback methods

Copies of structured marking sheets returned to students

Study hours

  • Assessment practical exam (1 hours)
  • Lectures (7 hours)
  • Project supervision (20 hours)

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Project management
  • Oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Written communication

Learning outcomes

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3Planned, executed and completed a significant design and, as appropriate, investigation or implementation within the time budget available.
  • Final report
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5Used the project supervisor appropriately as project consultant or customer.
  • Final report
C1 C2 C3Given a seminar which justifies the project.
  • Presentation
C1 C2 C3Given a presentation of results (e.g. a software demonstration) showing practical competence and demonstrating the results of the project.
  • Presentation
C1 C2 C3Documented the project in a final report.
  • Final report

Reading list

Projects in computing and information systems: a student's guide (3rd edition)Dawson, Christian9781292073460Addison Wesley2015
Elements of style (2014 edition)Strunk Jr., William9781499142235Amazon2014

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.