How to Do Final Year Project Preparation

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The Final Year Project Project Preparation
What the final year project is


Double and Single Project
● The majority of you are doing the double project. This is the normal Honours project. ● The double project is worth two modules. ● Some of you are doing the single project. This is for the E-Business degree and for some of the combined honours routes. ● The single project is worth one module. ● This talk is relevant to both forms. 2

Importance of the Project
● The majority of you are doing the double project so I'll talk about this. ● The project is important. ● The mark from the double project is weighted equivalent to two modules. ● If there's a borderline case in the Exam Board then one of the things we consider in making a final judgement is the final year project. ● May have implications for employment. 3

Importance of the Project
● The Final Year Project: ● has no exam ● no other assessment

● Therefore, the project is a substantive and important piece of work. 4

What the Project is
Two parts: ● Mini-paper (hand-in November) - 25% ● Project (hand-in April) - 75%


● September, 2010. Deadline for submission of project proposal. (Should submit earlier). ● October, 2010. Submission of a technical plan. ● November, 2010. Submission of mini-paper. ● April, 2011. Submission of project report. ● May, 2011. Poster session. 6

●November - submission of minipaper. ●25% of the total mark. ●2,000 - 2,500 words (3-4 pages), single-spaced, 12-point Arial font. ●References, appendices, diagrams and figures do not count. It is the word count of the paper itself. ●Marking scheme can be found on elearn (Web-CT). 7

●An academic paper about a topic within your discipline. A literature review rather than research. An original piece but using existing literature. ●You must pick a topic which is relevant to the project. ●10% of the mark is "The application of ideas from this paper to the project." 8

Mini-paper examples
●Database technology. ●A programming technique. ●Description of a shader technique. ●Evaluating system performance.

●So a description and evaluation of a technique, method, approach, algorithm or technology. 9

Mini-paper and Project
●The two should be interlinked. ●Do something that directly aids your project. ●Carry on with work on your project whilst doing the mini-paper. ●Do not stop after you've done the mini-paper.


Project Report
● April - submission of report. ● May - poster session. ● 75% of the total mark. ● 50 pages. ● Diagrams and figures within the text do count towards the page size. ● References and appendices do not count. ● Marking scheme can be found on elearn (Web-CT). 11

Project types
Two types of project: ●Research route) project (or Research

●Development project Development route)



Research project
●Research does not mean survey. ●A research project is not about "researching" a topic, i.e. reading about a topic. ●Research means undertaking an experiment (or experiments) in order to discover data. ●At the heart of a research project must be one or more experiments. ●Recommend that you do CO3709 "Research Topics in Computing" as your optional module. 13

Research project examples
●Demographics of computer game players: ●Questionnaires (150+). ● Structured Interviews. ●Comparison of a standard computer keyboard with a virtual keyboard: ● Tests using a set of subjects, included logging the typing speed of users with the two types of keyboards. ●Best approach is to phrase a research project topic as a question. 14

Research project examples
●You cannot just choose to follow the research route. ●You must get agreement from you course leader. ●You must submit your proposal to your course leader about and he or she must agree to it. ●Typically you choose a research topic that a member of staff is interested in. 15

Development Project
● Product development. ● Report about the...
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