MASTERS PROJECT (CAPSTONE)

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMG521685
Module Leader Jim Devon
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Computing
Trimesters
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard Programme Entry Requirements

Summary of Content

The project acts as a vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in some specialist area. It serves, through its length, complexity and rigour, as a suitable vehicle for extending, in the student, a range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, it serves to develop and extend a range of high-level 'thinking' skills, including analysing and synthesising skills and affords the opportunity for the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in a major piece of technological work. The project will require students to draw on the skills learned in the taught modules and to use investigative skill to identify suitable technologies in order to build a working application and critically appraise the functionality of the application.

Syllabus

Not applicable. However, project must be a suitable vehicle for satisfying all learning outcomes detailed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Plan, integrate, evaluate and apply knowledge from all aspects of the programme and elsewhere to the solution of complex Information Technology problems" Demonstrate a systematic understanding and knowledge of the project domain, including issues at the forefront of Information Technology" Demonstrate motivation, initiative, information retrieval skills, analytical critical evaluation skills and creative thinking in the execution of an independent project" Demonstrate effective oral, written and electronic communication skills

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of directed learning, mentoring and independent learning. The student will be allocated a supervisor to provide advice and guidance with regards to administrative, procedural and approach issues. The student will be issued with a Project Handbook and directed reading from the allocated supervisor. Academic staff will allocate projects based on research, development and consultancy expertise which can be carried out in the University.

Indicative Reading

Indicative reading, which will include reading specific to the project topic, will be provided by the academic supervisor when the project has been allocated. More general books on project management will be suggested in the Project Management module. One book specific to computing projects is Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student's Guide 2nd ed by Christian Dawson, 2009

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving D2 Cognitive/intellectual skills D3 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject D4 Learning style and orientation to learning D5 Time management: organising, prioritising and planning work D6 Independent working and self-reliance D7 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning, and development D8 Presentational skills D10 Communication skills, written, oral and listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 500.00
Assessment (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 80.00 45% Project Report (8000 - 12000 words)
Coursework 2 n/a 20.00 45% Oral Presentation & demonstration