Project and Dissertation - CO880

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 60 (30) DR C Johnson
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Pre-requisite: COMP8850 (CO885) Project Research





The project consists of an extended period during which students work on a specific piece of project work and a report on this work in the form of a dissertation. Project work, particularly with a development focus, may be undertaken in groups. However, the dissertations are produced individually. The project examines the student's ability to research the literature, to understand and expand on a specific problem commensurate with their programme of study and relate it to other work, to carry out investigations and development, as appropriate, and describe results and draw conclusions from them and to write a coherent and well organised dissertation demonstrating the student's individual reflection and achieved learning.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 15
Private study hours: 585
Total study hours: 600

Method of assessment

Project progress (pass/fail, failure in this component means failure of the module)
Dissertation and supporting materials (100%)
Although some projects involve group work, each student is assessed on an individual basis.

Indicative reading

Entirely project dependent

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Understand the nature of research and be able to use a variety of resources to gather information.
Read and critically review research papers or technical documentation.
Plan a research or development-based project.
Carry out a substantial project containing a substantive background research component as well as possibly a development component and report the work in the form of a dissertation.
Demonstrate a deeper understanding of and competency in their individual project domains.
Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
Make sound judgements in the absence of complete data.
Work with self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.
Plan, work and study independently, and use relevant resources in a manner that reflects good practice.
Demonstrate time management and organisational skills, including the ability to manage their own learning and development.
Present ideas, arguments and results in the form of a well-structured report.
Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

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