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COMP3932 Synoptic Project (EPA)

40 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Professor Andy Bulpitt

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMP3931Individual Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The synoptic project is the culmination of four years of computer science apprenticeship programme at the University and work based experience at PwC. It provides the opportunity for apprentices to demonstrate a mastery of the subject within a commercial environment. This module will see apprentices complete a significant research and/or development project related to their degree programme and pathway (Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Business Analyst, Cyber Security Analyst, Data Analyst or Network Engineer). This End Point Assessment (EPA) module will also see apprentices apply their analysis and evaluation skills to their chosen project in addition to considering the legal, social, ethical and profession components of the project. This module requires apprentices to work alongside academics, in a supervisee/supervisor relationship, and to choose and shape the project with relevant staff at PwC.


This module will provide students with the opportunity to consolidate four years of computer science studies gained from taught modules and from the placements at PwC.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:
- work independently (under supervision of an academic / PwC advisor) to complete a significant individual piece of work which meets a real world need through the application of innovation and/or creativity in an appropriate field relevant to their degree programme and pathway.
- consider legal, ethical, social and professional issues concerning their project.
- evaluate reflectively their own performance on the project and the apprenticeship and identify their strengths and weaknesses as professional computer science practitioners.
- apply practical and analytical skills to synthesize information and provide a quality solution accompanied by an evaluation.


This module covers the following 3 topic areas:
- Academic Skills : finding, reading and analysing scholarly publications, evaluating sources,
- Professional Skills : independent working, project management, oral/written communication and reflective learning. Legal, ethical, social and professional issues.
- Project specific knowledge and skills : knowledge and skills specific to the domain of the project and apprenticeship pathway (Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Business Analyst, Cyber Security Analyst, Data Analyst or Network Engineer)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings221.0022.00
Private study hours371.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Project Aims and Minimum Requirements (Initial Plan which needs to be agreed by the Apprentice, University and PwC ;
- Mid-Project Report;
- Progress Meeting;
- Regular meetings with supervisor(s) and PwC staff as appropriate.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportSynoptic Project Report100.00
Oral PresentationEnd of Apprenticeship0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Student must pass both component (project report and verbal presentation) to pass the module. Resits will be assessed by resubmission of the dissertation and an oral presentation.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/06/2022 16:59:02


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