Core Module Information
Module title: Honours Project (60 Credits)

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: SOC10404
Module leader: Debbie Meharg
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Generic - School of Computing


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to integrate and further develop the students’ problem solving, investigative, technical, critical, and communication skills through their managing and accomplishing a substantial individual piece of work. The student is expected to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis to discuss progress.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1: Manage a substantial individual project, including planning, documentation and control.

LO2: Construct a focussed problem statement and conduct a suitable investigation, including literature/technology review, into the context of that problem

LO3: Demonstrate professional competence by applying appropriate theory and practice to the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of a non-trivial set of deliverables
LO4: Demonstrate research skills and critical analysis by conducting a rigorous evaluation of the final deliverables.

LO5: Show a capacity for self-appraisal by analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the project process and outcomes with reference to the initial objectives.

LO6: Provide evidence of the foregoing in the form of a report, and any other agreed deliverables appropriate to the project

LO7: Present the work orally by means of a Poster Presentation

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Debbie Meharg
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A student will undertake the project spread over three trimesters. The student is guided by the supervisor to complete the Honours Registration Form which defines a project or multiple projects that will satisfy the learning outcomes of the module. The student experience is managed with multiple deliverables spread throughout the year. When appropriate (ie discipline related requirement) these individual deliverables can be bound together as a standalone dissertation. All submissions are made through a Managed Learning Environment as is all written feedback. All assessments are graded using a weighted rubrics with standardised grade points to facilitate fairness and consistency.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is provided by the supervisor through individual meetings and through feedback at various points including the Initial Project Overview and Interim Report feedback which are provided in collaboration with the second marker.

Summative Assessment:
Interim Report - Weighting 20% (LO1, LO2, LO6)
A 5000 word Academic Report.
The student is required to explore and develop knowledge in a specific area(s) of academic/workplace interest relevant to the Honours Project. This work should take the form of a “stand-alone" Academic Report that includes; a discussion of the problem statement(s) and the project(s) context, literature and/or technology review, and a description of the design, implementation and evaluation the project deliverables. The report should follow the good referencing practice as described in the School of Computing Guidelines.

Design & Development - Weighting 50% (L01,L03,L05,L06)
A non-trivial deliverable in a field relevant to the degree. This could be one large or several small projects combined to create a portfolio. The development of this/these deliverables should be explored in a Development Report to include appendices.

Evaluation Document - Weighting 20% (L01, L04, L06)
A 3,000-word report covering: Method, Data Gathering, Analysis and Critical Review

Poster Presentation Weighting 10% (L07)
The student is required to participate in the School Poster Day where they will respond to questions about their work. Though formally graded this session held informally to minimise any unnecessary anxiety. The student is required to submit a digital version of the poster (landscape) as A1@ 300dpi (ie 9933px x 7017px resolution) in JPG format.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 4
Face To Face Guided independent study 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 576
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 1, 2 & 6 18 , WORDS= 5000
Final Year Project 50 1, 3, 5 & 6 40 , WORDS= 5000
Report 20 1, 4 & 6 42 , WORDS= 3000
Poster 10 7 43
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SOC10404 Honours Project (GA)