Computing and Information System Project Guide

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UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
EXTERNAL SYSTEM

BSc Degrees in Computing and Related Subjects

Project 2910320

David R.K. Brownrigg

Seventh edition 2009

320 Project

This guide was prepared for the University of London External System by: Dr. D.R.K. Brownrigg Department of Computing Goldsmiths University of London Lewisham Way New Cross London SE14 6NW UK

This is one of a series of guides published by the University. We regret that due to pressure of work the author is unable to enter into any correspondence relating to, or arising from, the guide. Any comments on this guide, favourable or unfavourable would be most welcome and should be addressed to:

The External System Publications Office University of London Stewart House 32 Russell Square London WC1B 5DN United Kingdom

Copyright © University of London Press 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher. This material is not licensed for resale.

Contents

Table of contents
1. Introduction ...................................................................................................1 1.1. Preface .........................................................................................................2 1.2. Purpose of this guide ..................................................................................3 1.3. How to use this guide.................................................................................3 1.4. An approach to working on your Project.................................................4 1.5. The assessment of the Project ....................................................................6 1.6. The Preliminary Project Report (PPR) ....................................................7 1.6.1. The format of the Preliminary Project Report ...........................................7 2. Choosing a Project.........................................................................................8 2.1. Types of subject matter, by programme ..................................................8 2.1.1. Computing .................................................................................................8 2.1.2. Information Systems ..................................................................................9 2.1.3. Creative Computing...................................................................................10 2.1.4. Computing with Law .................................................................................10 2.2. Choosing your Project and developing objectives ...................................10 2.2.1. Unsuitable Projects ....................................................................................13 2.2.2 Benefits of, and problems with, work-based Projects − what makes a Project Report academic .................................................13 2.3.Statement of objectives................................................................................14 2.4. Choosing and documenting your methods................................................15 2.5. Planning aids for executing your Project .................................................16 3. Uses of the topic literature in your Project .................................................18 3.1 Introduction .................................................................................................18 3.2. Literature search ........................................................................................19 3.2.1. Recording references as they are found .....................................................19 3.3. The Literature review ................................................................................20 3.4. Evaluation of the literature........................................................................20 3.5 Developing your methods............................................................................21 4. Collecting and...
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