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G64IDS Individual Project: Interactive Systems Design
(Last Updated:07 April 2014)

Year  10/11

Total Credits: 60

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Restricted to MSc students on the Interactive Systems Design course in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology and School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Summer Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: Completion of taught modules of the relevant MSc course.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The aims of the individual MSc project are broadly to enhance understanding in an area of relevance to the degree course and to develop skills applicable in a wide range of circumstances. The student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, scheduling, evaluation and oral and written communication. The project may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to Interactive Systems Design and which is agreed by the relevant Course Director. Collaboration with business, industry, and other outside bodies is encouraged.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 0 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Supervisor and student together must ensure that there is regular contact, at the very least every two weeks.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 90 Report max 15000 words. 
Presentation 1 10 Presentation of approx. 15 minutes duration at ISD course presentation day 

Convenor: 
Dr A Crabtree
Dr D Kirk

Education Aims:  To develop students' research, design, evaluation, presentation and scientific-writing skills. The topic can be any area of interactive systems design which is of mutual interest to both the student and supervisor, but there is an expectation that the project involves significant design and/or evaluation work.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding: Individual projects may arise from any area of the curriculum and so may address any of the knowledge and understanding outcomes. Intellectual Skills: On completion of the module the student should be able to: acquire, and analyse systematically and effectively, substantial quantities of information; think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others; think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others; understand complex ideas and relate them to specific problems or questions. Depending on the specific project other intellectual skills may also be addressed. Professional Skills: Individual projects may arise from any areas of the curriculum and so may address any of the professional skills outcomes. Transferable Skills: The ability to obtain information from scientific and industrial literature and from software systems including the internet. The ability to critically analyse such information. The ability to organise and manage their own (and others' time) including scheduling tasks and meeting deadlines. The ability to prepare individual and written reports and oral presentations. The ability to undertake self-directed study, including information acquisition and analysis to enable continued learning during a professional career. The opportunity to exhibit innovation and creativity in problem solving. The ability to reflect upon and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses.

Offering School:  Computer Science


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