There are three types of project according to the level and type of original input required by the student:
Research Projects. These projects are intended for students who have performed at the upper end of the ability range in Year 2. They will not be given to students with a second year average of less than 60.
In a research project students will be expected to work on a topic of current research. Typically they will be required to read one or two research papers putting forward some suggestion or conjecture, and to explore this suggestion so as to arrive at some conclusion regarding it.
Students attempting this style of project will be expected to contribute to the formulation of the problem as well as its solution. Evaluation should play a key role, offering considerable scope for the exercise of critical judgement, placing the contribution fully in the context of related work, in addition to evaluating the choices made, and the quality of the product produced.
Problem Solving Projects. These projects are intended for students across the ability range. They may be chosen by any student.
In a problem solving project students will be given a loose specification of a problem area, and will be expected to provide a solution. Reading will often not include research papers, but will be necessary to supply background to the area, and to extend software skills.
For this type of project the problem will be formulated, but the student will need to contribute to the finding of a solution, and to choose between alternative solutions. Evaluation will relate both to the choices made, as well as the product produced.
Development Projects. These projects are intended for students who have performed at the lower end of the ability range in second year. They will not be given to students with a second year mark greater than 60.
In a development project the student will be presented with a tightly specified problem, which needs to be implemented. The problem should be well understood, requiring only a well designed and coded solution.
In this style of project both the problem and the solution will be understood, so that the student contributes only a realisation of this solution. Evaluation will be primarily concerned with the quality of the product produced.
Each member of Staff suggests a list of projects, of all three types, that they are willing to supervise. In addition, some members of Staff are willing to supervise student-specified projects. The procedure of project selection consists of two phases described below.
The list of projects that are available to you (according to your degree programme and Year 2 performance) is available through the E-project system. In the period 8th May - 2nd June 2017 you can browse through available projects, contact supervisors to discuss details and asking for allocating a project. You can be allocated only one project. Although it is possible to filter through all available projects, it is strongly recommended to set the filter to the non-assigned projects of proper type and appropriate for your programme.
If you have no project allocated by 5th June 2017, you will be asked to mark 10 projects in the E-project system, by 16th June 2017. The option of marking projects will be available by the beginning of Phase 2.
If you would like to specify your own project, you can
contact any academic member of staff with your suggestion, and see
whether they will supervise it. Note that supervisors will classify the
project as one of the three types, and no one will be permitted to take
an inappropriate project.
You have to ensure that the member of staff who has agreed to supervise your SSP
project will enter this allocation into the E-project system.
A tentative allocation of students to projects will be done after the examination results are available in June, although the student successfully allocated in Phase 1 have their allocations guaranteed. The final allocation, should be known by the end of the first week of new semester.
While every effort will be made to accommodate one of the projects marked in Phase 2 to students who have not allocated a project in Phase 1, it is possible that, if only over subscribed projects are included, it is not possible to allocate a student with a project drawn from their preferences. If this is the case, the third round of projects allocation, involving the unallocated students and unassigned projects will be conducted in the first week of the first semester. Any student who has not submitted a list of choices will be also included in this round: obviously choices will be more limited at this stage.