MASTERS PROJECT

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMI125238
Module Leader Jacqueline Riley
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
Trimesters
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students must have passed the Research and Project Methods Module or an equivalent postgraduate module. A compensation in this module(or equivalent) is not deemed to be a pass.

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 technical 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.

Syllabus

Not applicable. However, project must be a suitable vehicle for satisfying all learning outcomes detailed. The student will be expected to follow the project plan laid out in his/her proposal which was undertaken and assessed as part of Research & Project Methods module. This will be the basis of the Project, but may be modified on the advice of and with the agreeement of the supervisors.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Enhance their ability to autonomously analyse, synthesise, diagnose, plan, execute and evaluate at an advanced level.2. Gather and critically analyse, previous literature relating to the chosen area of study towards contexturalising and integrating the study into the continuing development of knowledge and understanding in the area3. Render progress explicit and manage resources effectively on a major piece of work of significant duration, to meet deliverables on time and in budget4. Communicate effectively through oral, written, graphical and listening skills a complex technological piece of work of significant duration5. Determine and display the appropriate balance between critical, analytic thinking and creative synthetic thinking6. Marshall a range oftransferable and technical skills towards the planning and execution of a significant relevant project of research investigation or development.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The course material is introduced through lectures in the form of online presentations, which will cover the principles of the subject, will illustrate the relevance of it to the real-world and introduce a range of professional processes and practices. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning 'Activity Type' is 83%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment is 80%. Directed learning, mentoring, 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 receive a Project Handbook. Additional directed reading may be provided by the project supervisor as deemed appropriate. A series of workshops will be given to enahnce the students research skills.

Indicative Reading

Relevant topics from the following books: The Management of a Student Research Project, K Howard & JA Sharp, Gower Publishing, 1983 Teaching Thinking Skills, JB Baron & RJ Steinberg, Freeman & Co, 1987 Practical Research: Planning and Design. P.D. Leedy. Merrill Prentice Hall 2005, ISBN 9780131247208 Conducting research literature reviews from the internet to paper. A Fink, Sage Publications 2005, ISBN 9781412909044 Research Design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches. J W Creswell. Sage Publications 2003, ISBN 978076124425 Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student's Guide by Christian Dawson, 2005 The Essence of Computing Projects: A Student's Guide; Christian Dawson, 2000

Transferrable Skills

The personal transferable skills gained will be critical evaluation and reasoning, analytical ability, time management, interpersonal communication and self evaluation.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 45% Dissertation
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 45% Oral Presentation
Coursework 3 n/a 10.00 45% Interim Report