COM6906 Dissertation Project
This is a research led project that is supervised by a member of staff. In order to ensure best use of the summer study period, project preparation and planning is carried out in semester 2, which is separately assessed. Project activities take place during the summer period using Departmental facilities and students are exposed to the latest methods and ideas in the area of their project. There is scope for students to demonstrate their critical skills and topic-related knowledge to a high level.
||Grad Year 2021/22
||Assessment of the module is by a dissertation that is produced towards the end of the summer, complemented by a presentation session where the work done is to be demonstrated and questions answered. If considered appropriate by the examiners an oral examination may be held.
||A project supervisor will be allocated during week 11 of
the Autumn semester.
practical marks when available
This unit aims to give the student the opportunity:
- to demonstrate research skills by integrating material learnt throughout the MSc course with new material learnt during the project and applying this to a substantial open-ended problem of relevance to their specialism
- to undertake an individual piece of work in an area of their own choice;
- to demonstrate and improve their technical abilities in the areas relevant to the project;
- to demonstrate and improve their professional skills, particularly those of time and work management, understanding of relevant social, legal and ethical issues, and risk assessment and management;
- to demonstrate their skills in imparting technical information both orally and in writing.
By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to demonstrate:
- the ability to apply computer science and/or software engineering principles to produce a solution to an open-ended problem;
- an in-depth knowledge of the state-of-the-art in the project area;
- practical skills appropriate to the project area;
- an ability to plan and manage their time effectively, whilst giving due consideration to, and reflection on, risk management and relevant social, legal and ethical issues;
- an ability to document the work that they have done, review it critically, and present it to others.
||The content of the project is typically selected by the
student from a range
of topics proposed by the staff or industrial partners of
the department. Students are also encouraged to
propose their own topic, provided they can find a supervisor
to supervise it and with the agreement of the Projects
||Students use departmental facilities and are exposed to the state-of-the-art methods and equipment relevant to the project topic. Students are expected to progress their project according to their previously developed plan. The progress made is reviewed at regular meetings with their supervisor(s).
||Regular meetings with their supervisor.
||None - background reading material will be specified
||This module is exempt from the University's Regulations relating to Intellectual Property which can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/apse/apo/quality/policies-guidance/ip