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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: COM3001 Module Title: PROFESSIONAL PROJECT
Module Provider: Computing Short Name: CS300
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MOSCHOYIANNIS S Dr (Computing)
Number of credits: 45 Number of ECTS credits: 22.5
Module Availability

Module Availability Throughout the year






Assessment Pattern

Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark ( %)


Interim Discussion




Final Report








Qualifying Condition(s) 


An aggregate mark of at least 40% is required. This module is core.



Module Overview

A Project is a module that allows you to undertake a major piece of work that will involve developing and applying material encountered on the course under the guidance of a supervisor, who is normally a member of teaching staff. The Project lasts for both semesters and involves practical work and writing a report on the work done. This module is different from all other modules in that the content is determined to a large extent by you, the student. The Project gives you a lot of freedom in choosing what to study but on the other hand it requires a lot more independent thought and organisational skills than the majority of modules. Therefore, the project should not be considered an easy option as most students find it more demanding than the usual lecture courses. However, it is also more rewarding and a well-executed project can give confidence and pride in the results. It is also something that can be used to demonstrate ability to potential employers



Module Aims


The professional project requires the students to undertake and complete a substantial piece of work at a professional level. It is the most substantial individual piece of work in the degree programme. The module aims to provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate independence and originality, to plan and organise a large piece of work over a long period of time. Whatever the level of academic achievement thus far in their degree, students can all show inspiration for a project and follow it through to completion.


Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:


1.      To put into practice various concepts and techniques studied in the Computing and IT programme


2.      Apply scientific and software/hardware techniques to solving a problem


3.      Develop skills in information gathering and literature review


4.      Analyse the solution to evaluate the associated results


5.      Demonstrate the ability to time manage tasks


6.      Demonstrate the ability to present the project work both orally and written



See also Appendix A of the Student Handbook which clarifies the BCS requirements for CITP that relate to a final year or professional project.

Module Content

An individual project is pursued by each student under the supervision of a member of staff.  The project accounts for approximately 40% of the workload for the year (i.e. approximately 450 hours).



The project may focus on any of the themes within the degree programme, but will normally be expected to include a significant IT component, which may be either an implementation or the application of appropriate software.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

·          Regular supervision during Autumn and Spring Semesters



·          Preliminary lectures to explain general research techniques



·          Supporting lectures to provide guidance on structuring a project and report writing



·          Individual supervision



·          The project will include the preparation of a report, and any programs that have been written, and presentation of the work performed



·          All activities will be co-ordinated via Ulearn where detailed project guidelines and other supporting materials are available



Selected Texts/Journals



·            C. W. Dawson - The Essence of Computing Projects, A Student’s Guide, Prentice Hall, 2000.


·            M. Berndtsson, J. Hansson, B. Olsson, B. Lundell – Planning and Implementing your Final Year Project – with Success!: A Guide for Students in Computer Science and Information Systems, Springer-Verlag, 2002.



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