Project and Dissertation - COMP8800

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
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

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

Entirely project-dependent

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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 and present findings in an effective and coherent way.
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.


  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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