SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHG405293
Module Leader Brian Shields
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Computing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Integrated Project 3 (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

The Honours Project is a substantial individual piece of work with a solid research dimension concerned with an aspect of the conceptual development, or application of an appropriate Computer Based Systems Engineering topic, which reflects the student's own interests and chosen programme. This study will be concerned with a specific problem and include a systematic investigation, including a review of literature appropriate to the context of the problem, an analysis of appropriate solution technologies/approaches and a practical implementation or experimentally based evaluation or study. The project will also involve a reflective evaluation of the project results, approach taken and its applicability to the wider Computing industry/environment. The student must also reflect on the Professional and Ethical Issues related to their specific project. At this programme level the student is expected to be significantly autonomous and demonstrate a high degree of initiative in the conduct of the project.


The procedures for allocating and undertaking this module and details of its individual assessment components will be given in the guidance material issued to students in preparation for undertaking this module

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:- Execute a defined project of research, development or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.- Use a selection of advanced skills and practices, some of which may be at the forefront of the Computer Based Systems Engineering discipline.- Demonstrate literature review and critical evaluation skills appropriate to an Honours level award- Demonstrate the ability to report upon the project in a written and oral form- Evaluate the success of the project work and the corresponding project research process- Analyse the professional and ethical issues which apply within the context of the project

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The student will be explicitly prepared for the Honours project through the Honours Research and Project Methods module which precedes it. That module builds upon the project skills which students will have developed from previous program levels and emphasises the specific research related methods and skills applicable at Honours level. The student will undertake the project with guidance from an appropriate member of staff who will act as project supervisor. The project supervisor will be selected during the course of the Honours Research and Project Methods module and will assist the student in identifying the scope of the project. The supervisor will provide advice and guidance to the student in the development of their project deliverables, and in the planning and monitoring of the project's progress. Contact with the supervisor should be on the basis of pre-arranged regular meetings.

Indicative Reading

Individual references may be recommended for each project by the project supervisor

Transferrable Skills

D1 Time management: organising, prioritising and planning work D2 Independent working and self reliance D3 Reviewing and evaluating own learning, strengths and weaknesses D4 Presentational skills D5 Commercial Awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 362.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 70.00 n/a Final Project Report
Coursework 0.00 20.00 n/a Interim Progress Report
Coursework 0.00 10.00 n/a Final Presentation