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COMP3091 - Individual Project

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Code COMP3091
Year 3
Prerequisites Successful completion of years 1 and 2 of the Computer Science undergraduate programme of study
Term 1 and 2
Taught By Various academic staff supervisors (Co-ordinator = Graham Roberts) (100%)
Aims To give students experience of undertaking and completing a large piece of work, applying techniques learned throughout the programme, including the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation.
Learning Outcomes To be able to: work individually developing a major project, plan and coordinate development activities, make realistic work commitments, present the work done effectively to a deadline.


There is no set syllabus: students identify their chosen project area and are allocated a supervisor who is a member of the academic staff, responsible for providing support and guidance. Students are responsible for organising themselves and their work, with advice from their supervisor with whom they should meet on a regular basis, as agreed with the supervisor. The project begins in October and runs in parallel with normal teaching during terms 1 and 2. The submission deadline is at the start of term 3 just prior to the exams. In addition to the April final report a Project Plan must be submitted in mid-November, outlining the project aims and objectives and providing a work plan, and an Interim Report at the end of January, explaining what has been achieved so far and what it is planned to do during the remainder of the project; these documents are prepared with advice from their supervisor.

Project Report
The final report documents the results of the project. The deadline for submission is 12 noon on the Friday of the first week of term 3. The project has a weight on 1 credit so represents one quarter of the student's final year work.

Method of Instruction:

Individual working with support from the project supervisor.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Reports and satisfactory completion of the project work (375 hours, 100%)

To pass this module, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all components combined.


Books, papers, manuals etc. relevant to the project.

Detailed project guidelines