SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMG526752
Module Leader Vassilis Charissis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard Programme Entry Requirements

Summary of Content

This module aims to provide students with the background knowledge, critical thinking, reading, writing, presentational and project management skills that will both enhance their performance in taught modules and, in combination with the technical and professional skills acquired in other taught modules, will enable them to carry their Masters Dissertation through to a successful conclusion. Particular attention is paid to enhancing students' analytical thinking and writing skills. Students will develop critical reading skills by reading and critiquing different technical articles, research papers and other valid sources that could support the literature and contextual review of their proposal. This will help students prepare for the production of a detailed report in the form of a project proposal backed up by a survey of the appropriate body of knowledge and technology by the end of Trimester B. Students will be required to give an oral presentation of the baseline, aims, objectives and methods of their proposed project, supported by appropriate visual materials, as part of the assessment process.


I ntroduction: Advancing professional learning by doing and critical analysis. How to use appropriate research activities and methodologies in supporting technical report writing and to support a capstone project. Briefing for initial reflective exercise. Initial reflective exercise: analysis and critique of student's own previous honours project or equivalent, with peer review and discussion, including methodology, evaluation approach and criteria, conclusions, strengths and weaknesses. Enhancing critical reading and writing skills through reading, analysis and critique of technical and research papers, and through the production of technical/professional report on a relevant topic. Literature search to support essays and report writing. Report Writing: Technical Reports as Creative Writing; Structure, Style, Register and Presentation; Structure of a Research Report; Structure of a Develop and Evaluate Project Report; role of Citation and Referencing in supporting argumentation; use of Abstracts and Executive Summaries. Enhancing presentation and discussion skills through oral presentations, peer review and discussion. Oral and Visual Presentations: Structure, Audience Rapport, Design of visual aids; Presentation in practice. Identifying and selecting project paradigms. Establishing the Baseline for a Project: Assessing the quality and relevance of information sources; Managing search process and results; Literature search and review; Assessment of Tools and Environments for Modelling and/or Development. Identifying Evaluation methods and devising Evaluation strategy. Project Definition, Work Breakdown, Project Planning and Monitoring. Peer review of project proposal ideas. One to One meeting sessions to support proposal development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate advanced, Masters-level skills in:1. Critical reading and evaluation of academic, technical & professional articles published in printed publications and on the web 2. Application of academic and technical & professional writing skills in the production of reports, essays and project proposals 3. Conducting literature research of academic and technical published material4. Presentation of technical and creative ideas and findings to an audience of peers/academics/subject experts 5. Discussion of ethical and professional issues arising from the subject under investigation6. Applying appropriate research methods and tools to underpin the design of a Masters level capstone or research project7. Selecting and justifying appropriate methods and criteria with which to evaluate project outcomes8. Devising a Masters level project plan in sufficient detail to support effective management and delivery

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered in Trimester B of each academic year. Teaching methods include: -360b7 Lectures to provide direction on critical reading, technical and academic writing and presentation skills and context in terms of professional and research discourse -360b7 Seminars to discuss technical papers, creative innovation and technical writing practice b7 Tutorials that will be used for student support and discussion of project ideas, industry examples and invited lectures Learning activities include: -360b7 Critical reading of technical and academic reports -360b7 Analysis of argument and structure of reports b7 Writing technical/academic reports to a professional standard b7 Searching on sources b7 Selecting appropriate articles and other publications b7 Presenting findings to an audience b7 Peer review of each other's work b7 One-to-One feedback in individual meetings to discuss in detail the proposal ideas and any issues related to the preparation of the proposal document and the future implementation of their project. Students are required to produce a written project proposal towards the end of Trimester B and deliver an oral presentation supported by visual material.

Indicative Reading

Essential Reading Dawson, C., 2005, Projects in Computing and Information Systems. Addison- Wesley. ISBN-13: 978-0273721314 Oates, B J., 2006, Researching Information Systems and Computing. Sage. ISBN-13: 978-1412902243 Zobel, J., 2005, Writing for Computer Science, second edition, Springer. ISBN-13: 978-1852338022 Suggested Reading Simon, H. A.,1996, The Sciences of the Artificial. 3rd ed. MIT Press. ISBN-13: 978-0262691918 Sutcliffe, A., 2002, The Domain Theory: Patterns for Knowledge and Software Re-use. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN-13: 978-0805839517

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving D2 Cognitive/intellectual skills D3 Knowledge and Understanding in the context of the subject D5 Time management: Organising and planning work D6 Independent working D7 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development D9 Information retrieval skills D10 Communication skills Written, Oral and Listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 80.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Tutorials (FT) 7.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW1 n/a 50.00 45% Technical essay on stream related topic (3000 words)
CW2 n/a 50.00 45% Development of a Dissertation Proposal (3000 words)