- To give students the opportunity to work in a guided but independent fashion to explore an individual problem in depth, making practical use of principles, techniques and methodologies acquired elsewhere in the course.
- To give experience of carrying out a sustained piece of individual work and in producing a dissertation.
- To enhance communication skills, both oral and written.
All projects should contain the following elements: research, design, realisation and evaluation. Particular topics are allocated on an individual basis.
Texts are recommended for specific projects as appropriate, depending on the nature of the project.
After completing the module students should be able:
- To specify a problem, and produce a plan to address the problem
- To manage their time effectively so as to carry out their plan
- To locate and make use of information relevant to their project
- To design a solution to their problem
- To implement and test their solution
- To evaluate in a critical fashion the work they have done, and to place it in the context of related work
- To prepare and deliver a formal presentation
- To structure and write a dissertation describing their project
In the project we wish to foster independent learning, under the guidance of a supervisor. Projects are assessed at the following two points: presentation and demonstration (oral, week 11) and dissertation (written, week 12). These reviews, carried out by the supervisor and an assessor, provide an opportunity for monitoring progress and giving formative feedback. Supervisors maintain regular contact with students throughout the project to provide direction and advice as needed. Lectures addressing particular skills are also offered to students.