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ECMM428 - Individual Research Project (2019)

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MODULE TITLEIndividual Research Project CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODEECMM428 MODULE CONVENERDr Yulei Wu (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 12 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 15
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In this module, you will be analysing and working towards the solution to a selected research problem in the field of Computer Science. This is an independent piece of work, which includes several aspects of research, implementation and analysis of the results achieved. You will be supervised by an expert from the relevant sub-discipline. Owing to the diversity of topics where Computer Science tools and techniques can be applied, there is a wide spectrum of possibilities for project selection, as well as a broad choice of methods and techniques that may be used to solve and analyse the problem considered.

Pre-requisite: ECM3401

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module is intended to build on the experience gained in the project at level 3, allowing you to conduct a more advanced project, with a substantial research element. The module aims to put into practice the knowledge acquired from the taught elements of the programme and to give you experience of many aspects of research work, including literature review, planning, experimentation and analysis, interpretation of results, and presentation. You will also gain valuable experience in concisely presenting scientific results via the writing of an academic research paper. Presenting the results of commissioned research in a compact and clear form is an essential research skill in both industry and academia.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. demonstrate knowledge of a research topic of relevance to your MSci programme, acquired through a deep and self-motivated exploration of that topic;
2. design and follow systematically the phases of research project development;
3. apply sophisticated and appropriate analysis and development techniques at each stage of a project.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

4. show familiarity with the background and context of a new application area;
5. produce a concise research article appropriate to the system and research;
6.  work in an interdisciplinary area.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7. conduct independent study, including library and web-based research;
8. reflect critically on processes and products;
9. plan an extended project and manage your time effectively;
10. apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods;
11. present your work to a non-specialist audience.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Not applicable.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 25.00 Guided Independent Study 275.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Supervision
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5 Formative and Summative Talks
Guided Independent Study 275 Private Study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – Project Outline Talk 15 minutes 1,4,6,8,10 Verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 90 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 10
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Literature Review and Project Specification 20 10 pages 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Written
Final Report and Demo 70 20 page report and 25 minute demo All Written
Supervisor Report 10 N/A   Oral report from Supervisor
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
As Above Final Report (with Demonstration if requested by Supervisor and/or second marker) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Re-assessment will be by resubmission of the research article. Deferred students will be able to retain the marks gained from the Research Talk if passed.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM3401
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 26 June 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Individual Research Project, Computer Science.