IMAT5314 MSc Information Technology: Assignment

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Faculty of TechnologyIMAT5314 MSc ProjectProject GuideMSc Information TechnologyMSc ComputingMSc Information Systems ManagementMSc Software EngineeringMSc Computer SecurityMSc Forensic ComputingMSc Intelligent Systems & RoboticsMSc Intelligent SystemsMSc Computer Games ProgrammingMSc Business Intelligence Systems & Data Mining
July 20151Introduction.......................................................................................................................11.1Project Aims...........................................................................................................................................11.2Types of Project....................................................................................................................................11.2.1Development Projects.............................................................................................................................21.2.2Research Projects......................................................................................................................................21.2.3Literature Study Projects.......................................................................................................................21.2.4Consultancy Projects...............................................................................................................................31.2.5Data Analysis Projects.............................................................................................................................31.2.6Conceptual Analysis Projects...............................................................................................................31.3BCS Standards.......................................................................................................................................31.3.1Requirements for projects in BCS accredited degree programmes......................................31.3.2Standards for professional conduct...................................................................................................32Submission Deadlines....................................................................................................42.1Full-Time Students..............................................................................................................................42.2Part-Time Students.............................................................................................................................42.3Resit projects.........................................................................................................................................52.4The Standard Project Submission Deadlines...........................................................................52.5The Viva Date........................................................................................................................................52.6Allowing for resits of taught modules.........................................................................................52.7Extensions, Deferrals and Interruptions of Study..................................................................62.7.1Extensions....................................................................................................................................................62.7.2Deferrals.......................................................................................................................................................62.7.3Interruptions of Study.............................................................................................................................62.8Absences Abroad..................................................................................................................................73Project Submission.........................................................................................................83.1Terms of Reference and Ethical Review Form........................................................................83.2Project Report.......................................................................................................................................83.3Project Files............................................................................................................................................84Project Management......................................................................................................94.1Supervision.............................................................................................................................................94.1.1Meetings with the Supervisor..............................................................................................................94.1.2Progress Reports....................................................................................................................................104.1.3PMP Meetings..........................................................................................................................................104.2Selecting a Project............................................................................................................................114.2.1Sources of Project Proposals.............................................................................................................114.2.2Part-Time and Distance Learning Students..........................................................................124.3Agreeing a plan: Terms of Reference and Ethical Review...............................................125The Terms Of Reference and Ethical Review Form........................................135.1Structure of the Terms of Reference document...................................................................135.2Risk Assessment.................................................................................................................................145.3Ethical Review....................................................................................................................................155.3.1University policies and good practice for ethical research...................................................155.3.2Ethical review procedure....................................................................................................................165.3.3Completing the Ethical Review Form.............................................................................................176Working On The Project.............................................................................................186.1Literature Survey or Fact Finding.............................................................................................186.2Presenting your Fact Finding......................................................................................................186.3Implementation Issues....................................................................................................................186.4SVN Repository for code.................................................................................................................19
7Writing The Project Report......................................................................................207.1Avoiding plagiarism and giving credit for other people’s work...................................207.1.1Plagiarism and Turnitin.......................................................................................................................207.1.2A note about quoting explanations.................................................................................................207.2Writing the Report...........................................................................................................................217.3The Deliverables................................................................................................................................217.4Evidence of Research and Critical Analysis...........................................................................227.5Critical Review...................................................................................................................................227.6Structure and Readability.............................................................................................................227.6.1Style.............................................................................................................................................................227.6.2Sections......................................................................................................................................................237.6.3Appendices................................................................................................................................................237.6.4Paragraphs................................................................................................................................................237.6.5English Language: Some Suggestions.............................................................................................237.7Abstract.................................................................................................................................................247.8Quoting References..........................................................................................................................247.8.1Applying a standard reference format...........................................................................................247.8.2Choosing a standard reference format..........................................................................................257.8.3Citations in text.......................................................................................................................................257.8.4References in the reference list........................................................................................................267.9Acknowledgements..........................................................................................................................277.10Presentation........................................................................................................................................277.11Copyright Protection.......................................................................................................................287.12Document Versioning under SVN...............................................................................................288The Viva Voce.................................................................................................................298.1Purposes of the viva voce examination....................................................................................298.2The viva voce examination is mandatory...............................................................................298.3Conducting the viva voce examination....................................................................................298.4Preparing for the viva voce examination...............................................................................299Project Assessment......................................................................................................309.1The Assessment Process.................................................................................................................309.2Assessment Criteria..........................................................................................................................309.3Audit Trail............................................................................................................................................3110Distribution of Project Reports...............................................................................3210.1Distribution by the student...........................................................................................................3210.2Distribution by De Montfort University...................................................................................3210.3Original copies...................................................................................................................................32Appendix I.Requirements of Masters Degrees...................................................33Appendix II.BCS Requirements for projects.........................................................34Appendix III.BCS Code Of Conduct.............................................................................36Appendix IV.Useful References...................................................................................38Appendix V.Indicative Project Timetable - Full-Time......................................39Appendix VI.Indicative Project Timetable - Part-Time.....................................40Appendix VII.Dissertation Page Layout.....................................................................41Appendix VIII.IMAT 5314 Official Forms...................................................................42MSc Project Final Assessment Summary.........................................................................43MSc Project Final Assessment – Resit Specification....................................................44
MSc Project Final Assessment Form.................................................................................45MSc Project Final Assessment Form.................................................................................47Demonstration / viva....................................................................................................51
1IntroductionThis document describes the operation of MSc projects, undertaken during the academic year2014-2015, for the IMAT5314 project module.The project forms an important element of the MSc course, and must be passed to obtain thedegree. Further, the project must be passed at distinction level before an overall MSc withdistinction award will be made, and similarly must be passed at merit level before an overallMSc with merit award will be made.Note – the project is worth 60 credits, which makes it a third of your degree – this means that agood mark in this will have the same weight as 4 of the taught modules!This document contains the following:Information for staff and students with regard to the supervision processNotes for guidance on the planning, preparation and submission of a MSc project reportRequirements for postgraduate projectsAn explanation of what is expected from students and staff during the whole project lifecycle.This guide should be read in conjunction with the current version of the “Modular Scheme forTaught Postgraduate Courses: Handbook and Regulations” and any supplementary notesissued by the Course Leader or Project Co-ordinator.1.1Project AimsThe aim of the project is to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out an in-depthstudy involving critical analysis, and to demonstrate the application of skills acquired from thetaught component of the course, to the solution of a particular problem.The project should be a self-contained piece of work of considerably greater depth than can beaccommodated within a taught module. It should include a substantial element of scholarlyresearch and fact-finding so that (a) it demonstrates research and analysis skills appropriate toa masters degree, and (b) the creative work of the project is based on a solid foundation ofknowledge and conceptual understanding of the problem.The postgraduate nature of the project should be evident from the higher overall standardcompared to an undergraduate project, in the depth of critical analysis, the insight requiredand the complexity of the task undertaken.Students will be expected to demonstrate project management and presentation skillsthroughout the period of the project when liaising with their Supervisors and ProjectManagement Panels (PMPs).1.2Types of ProjectThere are a number of different types of project. At the present time all of these are acceptablefor any of the MSc degree programmes that include IMAT 5314 projects. The most commontypes are development projects and research projects. However one type of project may bemore feasible given the skills developed by a particular degree programme, or moreappropriate for meeting the educational objectives of a particular degree programme. If youare concerned about this, you should consult your tutors or your Programme Leader.For any MSc project, of any of these different types, a significant element of backgroundresearch is required. This should result in the acquisition of sufficient and extensive1
knowledge to provide sound justifications for the methods used or the approaches employedin solving a given problem. The level of the research element should be defined whendiscussing the Terms of Reference with the PMP.You must determine the type of project you will undertake. The choice you make will affect thedeliverables, content, presentation and assessment of the project work. These categories arenot rigid: the balance between literature survey, primary research, software development andother activities can be set to suit the demands of the project and the interests of the student,and adapted to fit the nature of the project as the student’s work progresses.1.2.1Development ProjectsIn aDevelopment Project, the student is normally expected to produce a working piece ofsoftware that serves a particular purpose, meeting a defined set of requirements. In somecases, the product may include self-designed and purpose-built hardware as well as software,for instance an innovative robotic system. The running system itself is normally the majordeliverable, and is normally the most important factor in the assessment. However, therequirements analysis, the system design work, and the testing and evaluation of the software– and how they are documented and presented – are also important to the assessment ofdevelopment projects. It is not essential to meetallthe requirements to gain a pass level mark;it is normal and healthy to have realistic but ambitious plans so that a good piece of softwarefor a successful project will do a lot of what is aimed for but not everything. In some cases,background research, requirements analysis and system design work of sufficient quality mayjustify giving a pass-level mark to a project that has an essentially unsuccessful piece ofsoftware.1.2.2Research ProjectsIn aResearch Project, the student is expected to carry out a thorough investigation of aparticular topic, apply one or more theoretical frameworks for making sense of what is knownabout the topic, identify one or more unanswered research questions, and apply one or moreresearch methodologies to gathering primary research data and analysing it to attempt toanswer the research questions. The student is expected to produce a report detailing theresearch undertaken and its findings and implications, setting them in the context of relatedresearch and a clear conceptual framework. The benchmark for determining the degree ofsuccess in a research-based project will normally be whether or not the project and its reportcan form the basis of a publishable academic paper.1.2.3Literature Study ProjectsIn aLiterature Study Project, the student is expected to carry out a thorough investigation of aparticular topic, looking at previous research literature and other published or publiclyavailable documents or sources of information, to produce a novel and creative analysis thatattempts to answer one or more unanswered (or perhaps wrongly answered) researchquestions. The student is expected to produce a report describing and critically evaluatingexisting documents and other sources of information, setting them in the context of a clearconceptual framework, and presenting a cogent analysis. Doing a literature study to thestandard required for an MSc project requires both hard work and hard thinking, as aconsiderable degree of intellectual sophistication is needed to do this well. The benchmark fordetermining the degree of success in a literature study project will normally be whether or notthe project and its report can form the basis of a publishable academic paper.2
1.2.4Consultancy ProjectsIn aConsultancy Project, the student is normally expected to produce a consultancy-stylereport to meet a clearly defined need for a clearly defined client or audience, providing adetailed and sophisticated critical evaluation of existing techniques, approaches or systems, orhow to solve a practical problem, with recommendations. The student should discuss with his/her Supervisor whether or not an implementation of any of the recommendations is required.1.2.5Data Analysis ProjectsIn aData Analysis Project, the student is expected to evaluate, select and apply computationaltechniques for data analysis and knowledge extraction, to solve a novel data analysis orknowledge extraction problem, or develop a novel technique for solving a particular dataanalysis problem, or develop a novel technique for presenting data or statistical information tosupport a particular human activity. The student is expected to demonstrate and illustrate theapplication of the technique and evaluate how well it solves the problem.1.2.6Conceptual Analysis ProjectsIn aConceptual Analysis Project, the student is expected to develop an analysis on paper of asystem or of how to solve a problem. Such projects might involve developing an analysis of aworking software system by applying one or more analytical techniques, for example forproducing a usability evaluation; or analysing or modelling a process; or producing a notationor technique for describing a particular sort of information that a software system mightgenerate or use; or devising a procedure for tackling a particular class of problem in softwaredevelopment. The student is expected to demonstrate and illustrate the application of thetechnique and evaluate how well it solves the problem.1.3BCS StandardsThe BCS (formerly known as the British Computer Society) is the Chartered Institute for IT. Itaccredits our computer science degree programmes.1.3.1Requirements for projects in BCS accredited degree programmesThe requirements for BCS accreditation for degree programmes specify standards that projectsfor computer science degrees must meet, both in terms of content and in terms of quality ofwork. Appendix II comprises Section 2.5 of the BCS document ‘Guidelines on CourseAccreditation: Information for universities and colleges’ dated September 2010, updated foruse from Autumn 2012, in which these requirements are stated.1.3.2Standards for professional conductAll students should, in their project work and elsewhere, seek to aspire to high professionalstandards. The professional standards the BCS expects of its members and other computingprofessionals are embodied in the BCS Code of Conduct, contained in Appendix III.3
2Submission DeadlinesPart of the challenge of doing an MSc project is getting it done on time. You have a deadline,and alterations to the deadline are not agreed lightly.2.1Full-Time StudentsThe normal duration of a project is14 weeks of full-time work. Full-time students arenormally required to complete their projects within the normal period of full-time attendancei.e. within 12 months of initial enrolment on the course. For most, this means starting taughtmodules in October, finishing taught modules in May, starting the project in June (at thebeginning of “Semester X”), submitting in September and having a viva before October.Full-time students(usually starting in October)finishing taught modules in MayStart project in June, finish September, duration 14 weeks (Semester X)Full-time students(usually starting in February)finishing taught modules in JanuaryStart project in February, finish May, duration 14 weeks (Semester 2)CANALLOW:Start project in June, finish September, duration 14 weeks (between the twosemesters of taught modules), provided all four modules have been passed.Deadlines for students who do industrial placements between their taught modules and theirprojects will be determined on a case-by-case basis.In all circumstances, full-time MSc students must submit within 3 years of initial enrolment onthe course; otherwise their registrations time out and they are automatically terminated.In some circumstances, full-time students may convert to part-time status, if they need tocombine doing a project with employment or some other time-consuming activity. Thisrequires the approval of the Programme Leader.2.2Part-Time StudentsPart-time and distance learning studentsare normally expected to take three years tocomplete their degrees, and do their projects in the academic year after they complete theirtaught modules. The normalduration of a part-time project is 11 months, with anothermonth for the viva and marking. However part-time students who finish taught modules inMay and officially start their projects at the beginning of the next academic year in Octobermay do unsupervised preliminary work on their projects over the summer.Part-time students finishing taught modules in MayStart project in October, finish September, duration 11 months.CANALLOW:Start project in June, finish May, duration 11 months.Part-time students finishing taught modules in SeptemberStart project in October, finish September, duration 11 months.Part-time students finishing taught modules in JanuaryStart project in February, finish January, duration 11 months.CANALLOW:Start project in June, finish May, duration 11 months.4
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