The purpose of this project report is to provide a complete record of all the work carried out by you.
One printed copy of a dissertation must be submitted to Mrs Janet Lowry in the Student Office (G/F Ashton Building), and its digital version must be submitted through the E-project, both by Thursday 10 May, 2012 (noon). Both versions must be the same and contain all supplementary materials, including the final code (see below for details). WBL students are asked to submit TWO hardcopies. The University late submission policy would apply with respect to the latest of the printed copy and electronic submissions.
The project report must be self contained, and contain a complete record of the work carried out. A target of 10,000 words is recommended, with a maximum of 15,000 words. Appendices will not be included in the maximum, but examiners will not normally expect to read appendices in detail. This dissertation should be spiral or thermal bound and use the standard Departmental cover. Binding materials and covers are available from the Student Office. A disc or CD-ROM containing the project archive material (including source codes, pictures used, and the dissertation document) should be submitted with the project report. If necessary, you can use the CD writer in the help desk.
It is recommended that you follow this template for the cover of your dissertation.
The content of the dissertation is at your discretion, and will depend on the nature of the project, but for a typical project involving the development of a piece of software, the following elements of the dissertation would be expected:
A one-page summary of the project as a whole. This MUST be included for all projects.
This will give a brief overview of the project including
This will give all the background of the project including
References to all sources consulted are expected.
This will give a description of the design.
It is often best to include the full details of the design as an appendix. In such a case, the design chapter in the main part of the project report should only discuss the most important elements of the design to your design report and state clearly what other elements will be given in the appendix.
Keep in mind that examiners might not look at all the details of the material included in the appendices. So, make sure that the really important points of the design are explained here.
This will give a description of how the design was implemented and a description of the testing of the implementation. The following is expected:
Again, keep in mind that examiners might not look at all the details of the material included in the appendices. So, make sure that the really important points of the implementation and testing are explained here.
*** Typically, there are two cases of modifications as compared with the design stage:
This gives an evaluation of the project, including
At least one page of summary of the key learning points in the project.
At least one page of discussion of how your project related to the codes of practice and conduct issued by the British Computer Society.
A properly cited list of books, articles and other materials consulted during the project and/or referred to in the dissertation.
Appendices are meant to contain detailed material, required for completeness, but which are too detailed to include in the main body of the text. Typically they should contain code listings, details of test data, screen shots of sample runs, a user guide, full design diagrams, instructions for unpacking and mounting any software included with the dissertation and similar material. A disc or CD-ROM containing the project archive material (including source codes, pictures used, and the dissertation document) should be submitted with the project report. Instructions on how to run the software from the disc/CD-ROM should be provided. If your system is available on-line, you should provide instructions of how to access the system via the internet.
The mark for it will count for 60% of the module mark, and it will be marked by your supervisor and the marker. Work Based Learning Projects will also be assessed by the industrial sponsor. The mark of the whole project will be made available on Spider Student Web along with the results for all other modules.
For your guidance a copy of the feedback form that will be used to assess your dissertation is here.