COMP214P - Systems Engineering
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Note: Whilst every effort is made to keep the syllabus and assessment records correct, the precise details must be checked with the lecturer(s).
|Prerequisites||Successful completion of year 1|
|Term||1 and 2|
Dean Mohamedally (35%)
Students completing this module should:
The core purpose of the module is for students to undertake a systems engineering project, within the Computer Science Industry Exchange Programme (IXN) structure, and also to put into practice many of the skills introduced by the IEP. The students will work in small teams, where each team works with an external client to develop a cutting-edge solution to a challenging problem defined by the client. The client will typically be from one of the following types of organisation: company, charity, health care/NHS, research intuition, or UCL research centre.
The project will be structured via a series of milestones, where each milestone involves completing a stage of the project: requirements, research into potential solutions, experiments and prototypes, definition of reference design, implementation, testing, and delivery. Each milestone is also a point of assessment. Bi-Weekly reports, which are also sent to the client, are required to track the project progress and team working.
The final milestone will require teams to deliver a working version of their application, along with a project website documenting the project results. In addition, each individual will write a report assessing the work done, the team members, and reflecting on what they have learnt.
Each team is allocated a PGTA, who they will meet every teaching week to report on progress and get feedback. In addition, each team has an academic supervisor, to be met monthly, who will monitor the overall status of the team, as well as provide more specialised support and feedback.
The project finishes with an assessed presentation and demonstration day. Each team will give a presentation of their project to an audience that will include a wide variety of invited guests, including the project client.
In addition to the project work, the module will include 8 lectures and 1 coursework covering Human Computer Interaction (HCI) material. There will also be IEP lectures on Advanced Writing and Legal Issues, each of which will have an associated coursework, and guest lectures from industry speakers. The taught material will be directly relevant to, and needed for, the project work.
Method of Instruction
Lectures and online delivery via Moodle for the taught content.
Online delivery via Moodle for the project support material.
Labs classes, and team meetings with PGTAs and supervisors, for evaluation and feedback.
Moodle will be used for all module support.
The module has the following assessment components:
- Project (10,000 and source code) 55%
- Coursework (4x Scenario weeks) 30%
- Coursework (IEO, 2x 1,000 words) 10%
- Coursework (HCI, 1,000 words) 5%
To pass this course, students must:
- Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all components combined.
Reading list available via the UCL Library catalogue.