Choose to conduct a project that is technical (i.e. practically based e.g. development of a prototype, simulation, design framework etc) that fall within computing and IT curriculum.

You will carry out your project and produce a final report which should consist (at least) of the following elements:

  • Description of the project
  • Comprehensive literature review
  • Data collected and results obtained (depending on the chosen project)
  • Analysis of results. If you have produced a program then test cases, results and product documentation Critical evaluation of results (including comparison with other relevant projects or studies)
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Bibliography/References

Other Appendices: Copy of project proposal form, project progress sheets, example questionnaire, designs, test plans and results, tabulated or formatted data, project management plan eg Gantt chart. (Code listings should only be submitted in electronic form).

Approximately 4000 words (excluding appendices).

marking criteria Assessment Criteria Mark
1.Specification of the Project:

Clearly stated aims and objectives. Demonstrated relevance. Feasibility and rationale for study

/ 10
2. Literature Review:

Critical search & assessment of relevant literature. Awareness of contribution of other researchers. Awareness of relevant concepts. Direct linkages to dissertation aims and objectives identified

/ 20
3. Research Approach:/ 10
Choice and use of research methods are appropriate to the aims and objectives. Sound justification provided, including evidence of secondary research data supporting choice of methods
4. Project Design / Findings:

For practical projects: Requirements Specification;

Verification and Validation test schedules and results; Test data generation plans; Interpretation of Verification and validation testing

(If it isn’t a practical project – mark Results and Analysis out of 25 and Research Approach out of 15)

/ 10
5. Results & Analysis/Discussion:

Presentation of data, quality of interpretation and analysis. Clear relationship made between aims and objectives, literature and findings. Demonstrates critical thought

/ 20
6. Conclusions/Recommendations:

Aims and objectives are satisfied; effective drawing out of key issues.

/ 10
7. Structure & Presentation:

Organisation and layout of material; style including spelling and grammar; Use of material, bibliography and citation. Appropriate use of appendices; evidence of understanding the process in terms of linkages between chapters, the flow of work. Reflection upon the process and possible improvements Word count.

/ 10
8. Organisation of the Project:

Proactive approach to dissertation. Evidence of learning and development. Achievement of agreed Milestones.

/ 10
TOTAL /100



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