COMP391/392: Assessment

Information for Staff

1-semester projects produce three deliverables, all of them formally assessed as described below. Two members of staff are involved with the assessment of each stage of every project. These are referred to below as the Supervisor and the Second Marker.

 

Semester 2 (COMP392)

Week 3 Project Specification. This is a document of no more than three pages of A4 long when printed, with the only flexibility allowed for a Gantt chart, which could be attached on a separate, fourth A4 page. For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the specification documentation see the guidance that was provided to students. Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered.

The deadline for the submission of the specification documentation is Thursday 15 February, 2018 (noon) for Comp392.

This assessment is worth 10% of the project mark.

The submitted documentation is marked by both the supervisor and the marker via the Comp392 E-project system. Note that there are two penalties that may apply to a submission: (i) lateness, and (ii) excess length. These will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should assess the specification documentation without consideration of the penalties. The Specification Feedback Form used by the Comp392 E-project system is given below. Both markers complete their assessment independently.

The summative part of the assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Specification Marking Guidelines provided below. The markers then compare marks. If there is a difference of more than 10%, they must discuss the work and attempt to come to a closer agreement on its merits, before returning their mark.

The formative part of the assessment asks both markers to grade the project on the criteria

  1. Project appears to have enough content
  2. Project appears to have enough originality
  3. Project appears feasible in time available
In determining the appropriate grades for the first two of these criteria, that is
  1. Project appears to have enough content
  2. Project appears to have enough originality
the markers should take into account that the honours year project must give students the opportunity to demonstrate:
  • their ability to apply practical and analytical skills present in the programme as a whole;
  • innovation (originality) and/or creativity;
  • synthesis of information, ideas and practices to provide a quality solution together with an evaluation of that solution;
  • that their project meets a real need in a wider context;
  • the ability to self-manage a significant piece of work;
  • critical self-evaluation of the process.
If for one or both of the criteria a grade below C is awarded, then please inform the module co-ordinator via the message board of the Comp392 E-project system about this. The supervisor of this project should then discuss with the student ways in which the project could be improved on the requirements stated above.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Specification Feedback Form] [Specification Marking Guidelines]
 
  Deadline for marks:
  • Friday 23 February, 2018 for Comp392.
 
 
Week 11 Project Presentation. The work to be assessed at this stage comprises the project final presentation and (typically) demonstration of the software produced for the project. Markers should see the software being executed as well as some representative parts of the code. Both the quality of the presentation and the quality of the software should be considered before arriving at a mark.

The Project Presentation is worth 20% of the project mark.

For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the Project Presentation see the guidance that was provided to students. Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered.

The students are to submit their demonstration slides before the demonstration via the Comp392 E-project system. The deadline for the demonstration slides submission is Monday 30th April, 2018 (noon).

The project presentation is held in the week 11: 30th April - 4th May, 2018 for COMP392, at a time arranged by the supervisor.

The final presentation is marked by both the supervisor and the marker via the Comp392 E-project system. Note that there are three penalties that may apply to a submission: (i) lateness, (ii) wrong electronic submission format for the slides, and (iii) excess time length of the demonstration. The penalties for (i) lateness, and (ii) wrong electronic submission format of the slides will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should only apply penalties for (iii) excess time length of the demonstration. The Project Presentation Feedback Form used by the Comp392 E-project system is also given below. The summative part of the assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Project Presentation Marking Guidelines provided below.

Both markers complete their assessment independently.The markers then compare marks. If there is a difference of more than 10%, they must discuss the work and attempt to come to a closer agreement on its merits, before returning their mark.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Project Presentation Feedback Form] [Project Presentation Marking Guidelines]
 
  Deadline for marks:
  • Monday 7 May, 2018 for COMP392.
 
 
Week 12 Project Report. The work to be assessed at this stage comprises the final Report on the whole project.

The project report is worth 70% of the project mark.

The Final 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 word limit.

For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the final report see the guidance that was provided to students.Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered.

The deadline for submission of the project report is Friday 11th May, 2018 (noon) for Comp392.

The project report is marked by both the Supervisor and the Second Marker via the Comp392 E-project system. The Dissertation Feedback Form used in the Comp392 E-project system is also given below.

Note that there are two penalties that may apply to this submission: (i) lateness, (ii) wrong electronic submission format for the report. These will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should assess the Project Report without consideration of the penalties.

Both markers complete their assessment independently. The assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Dissertation Marking Guidelines provided below.

The markers then meet to agree a mark. If there is a difference of more than 10%, they must discuss the work and attempt to come to a closer agreement on its merits, before returning their mark.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Dissertation Feedback Form]* [Dissertation Marking Guidelines]
       
    *Only the first page of this form is returned to the students; the second page is intended to guide the External Examiner.
 
  Deadline for marks:
  • Friday 25th May, 2018 for COMP392.