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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMP5531M Group Project

45 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Rafael Kuffner dos Anjos

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

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module requires students to work in groups to define a problem and explore a solution. Emphasising teamwork, it guides students through the development of a collective software project. Students engage in planning, coding, and project management, gaining practical experience in a real-world, team-based setting. This module enhances problem-solving abilities, communication, and project coordination within the context of computer science applications.


Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems. (M1)
2. Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions. (M2)
3. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems. (M4)
4. Design solutions for complex problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer need as appropriate. (M5)
5. Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex problems. (M6)
6. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems and minimise adverse impacts. (M7)
7. Identify and analyse ethical concerns and make reasoned ethical choices informed by professional codes of conduct. (M8)
8. Use a risk management process to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks associated with a particular project or activity (M9)
9. Adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks. (M10)
10. Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement in the context of complex problems. (M14)
11. Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial context, project and change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights. (M15)
12. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance. (M16)
13. communicate effectively complex topics concerning computer systems to technical and non-technical audiences. (M17)
14. reflect on their level of mastery of subject knowledge and skills and plan for personal development. (M18)

Skills Learning Outcomes
a. Technical,
b. Communication,
c. Teamwork,
d. Time management,
e. Problem solving,
f. Active learning,
g. Reflection,
h. Critical thinking,
i. Academic writing,
j. Ethics


Students will conduct a group project, supervised by an academic member of staff, allowing them to pull together the knowledge and skills gain during their programme of study.
Projects will require students to undertake practical work resulting in the creation of an artefact and will require all aspects of the implementation lifecycle.
Students on a specialised programme of study will be required to conduct a project in the area of their specialism.

Project activities include:
- Critical literature review and background reading
- Project formulation, including aims/objectives
- Project planning
- Carrying out design and implementation work
- Analysis and interpretation of results;
- Academic report writing and dissemination of work

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;
1 x Report

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours434.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2024


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