SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHW226542
Module Leader James Paterson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Research Methods & Professional Issues

Summary of Content

This is a substantial individual piece of work with a significant research dimension based on an appropriate topic from within the student's programme of study and which reflects the student's own interests. This work will be concerned with a specific problem from the student's programme of study and will include as appropriate, a systematic investigation, a survey of literature relevant to the problem, an analysis of appropriate approaches, a detailed planning activity and an implementation of the selected approach. The project will also involve a reflective evaluation of the project outcomes and approach taken and a verbal presentation of the work. 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 Honours Project takes the nature of a Capstone Project in which the apprentices analyse a problem in their workplace and design, implement, test and evaluate a solution utilizing the knowledge and skills they have gained during their programme of study. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 90%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 100%.


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 successful completion of this module students should be able to:1 - Demonstrate the ability to plan and carry out an in-depth research or practice-based capstone project as appropriate to the area of study and to work independently (Students on software engineering suite programmes are required to undertake a practice-based capstone project).2 - Demonstrate a clear understanding, as appropriate to the problem, of techniques, technologies and tools for the chosen area of work.3 - Demonstrate literature review, analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation skills appropriate to an Honours level award.4 - Evaluate the success of the project work and the corresponding project process.5 - Analyse the professional and ethical issues which apply within the context of the project.6 - Demonstrate the ability to communicate all aspects of the project in a written, visual and oral form.

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 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 University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. The student will be explicitly prepared for the Honours project through the Research Skill and Professional Issues module, or equivalent, which precedes it. This module builds upon the project skills which students will have developed from previous programme levels and emphasises the specific research related methods and skills applicable at Honours level. Students are encouraged to seek individual honours projects that they find interesting. Students, as Graduate Apprentices are expected to investigate and agree suitable projects from their employing company which will ensure an industrially relevant and contextualised project. Each student is required to complete an individual project under the guidance of a supervisor in liaison with an Industrial Mentor. The project supervisor will assist the student in refining 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 whether virtual or face to face. . The students will be supported in the early stages of the project module by a number of lectures to explain the module requirements and the research ethics application process. Further lectures will give generic guidance on key aspects of undertaking the project, such as writing a literature review and the development of the various project deliverables. Full use will be made of GCU Learn to provide generic study materials to support independent learning and allowing self-reflective feedback on student performance. Staff-based feedback on student performance for submitted work will be provided in line with the University feedback policy, with summative feedback and grades on the coursework assessment. The additional interactive discussion features of GCU Learn will be utilised, as appropriate to the module, to stimulate independent and flexible student learning outwith scheduled class time.

Indicative Reading

Individual references may be recommended for each project by the project supervisor, but the student's own literature survey would be expected to provide most of the reading material relevant to the project. General honours project support texts include : Kumar R (2014) Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners (4 th Edition), Sage Publishing. Cornford T, Smithson S (2005) Project Research in Information Systems: A Student Guide, (2 nd Edition) Palgrave Macmillan. Dawson C W (2009) Projects in Computing and Information System: A Student's Guide, (2 nd Edition) Addison Wesley. Creswell J W (2002) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches (4th Ed), Sage Publishing. Miles, M, Huberman, M, Saldana, J (2013) Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (3 rd Edition) Sage . Leech, Barret & Morgan, (2012) IBM SPSS for Intermediate Statistics: Use and Interpretation, Fourth Edition. The Management of a Student Research Project (3rd Edition), Gower Publishing. Oates, B J (2006) Researching Information Systems and Computing. Sage. Simon, H A (1996) The Sciences of the Artificial. 3rd ed. MIT Press. Sutcliffe, A (2002) The Domain Theory: Patterns for Knowledge and Software Re-use. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Zobel, J (2005) Writing for Computer Science, second edition, Springer. Lazar, J et al. (2009) Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction, John Wiley & Sons

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application Critical thinking and problem solving Critical analysis Communication skills, written, oral and listening Effective information retrieval and research skills Computer literacy Self-confidence, self-discipline & self-reliance (independent working) Awareness of strengths and weaknesses Creativity, innovation and independent thinking Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness Ability to prioritise tasks and time management Presentation skills Gain additional industry focussed competence in the application of the knowledge and practical skills obtained on this programme. Develop an understanding of the practical considerations that constrain the application of theory in the workplace. Evaluate current research and technology concepts and their relationship and application to a work based problems

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 358.00
Assessment (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Honours Project