Project and Dissertation - COMP8800

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Year 7 60 (30) Daniel Soria checkmark-circle


The project consists primarily of an extended period during which students undertake a substantial piece of work and a report on this in the form of a dissertation. It is preceded by an exploratory stage in which students review and summarise relevant literature or other technical background, including in a verbal presentation, and gain specific skills relevant to their project. It may be permitted to undertake the work in groups, particularly for projects with a development focus. However, the dissertations are produced individually. The project examines the student's ability to research technical background, 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), to 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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 25
Private study hours: 575
Total study hours: 600

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Dissertation and supporting materials (up to 15,000 words) (100%)

Although some projects may involve group work, each student is assessed on an individual basis.

Reassessment methods:
In the event that reassessment isn't feasible, credit retrieval will involve repeating the module

Indicative reading

Entirely project-dependent

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Understand the nature of research and be able to use a variety of resources to gather information.
2 Read and critically review research papers or technical documentation.
3 Plan a research or development-based project.
4 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.
5 Demonstrate a deeper understanding of and competence in their individual project domains.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
2 Make sound judgements in the absence of complete data.
3 Work with self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.
4 Plan, work and study independently, and use relevant resources in a manner that reflects good practice.
5 Demonstrate time management and organisational skills, including the ability to manage their own learning and development.
6 Present ideas, arguments and results in the form of a well-structured report.
7 Reflect on issues of personal development and the skills needed to perform a task, and act accordingly.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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