Individual Project

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Spring Special
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 14 January 2019
Friday 22 March 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC YHG1 Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Module description

The aim of this module is to give students an opportunity to manage a project team from beginning to end under the guidance of an individual supervisor. Projects are offered by academic members of staff and by the apprentice's company, with final project selection to be approved by the company. Professional development elements such as risk analysis, project management, ethics and indvidual property (IP) are embedded in the project structure.

On completion of the module students will be able to;

1.Apply an appropriate design methodology to achieve a product defined by a specification.
2. Use Gantt charts and time management techniques to plan and manage a project over a period of six months or more.
3. Locate and read references and produce summaries and critical analysis of them. Be aware of peer review as a means of the quality assurance of written work.
4. Record plans, ideas, results, and reflections in a log book as defined in the project guidebook.
5. Work as an individual to specify, design, construct and test a system to meet a project requirement.
6. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills through the writing of the initial and final report, through the midpoint second assessor oral examination, through the preparation and presentation of a poster at the Project Open Day, and by providing a working demonstration of the project product at the Presentation, Demonstration, and Oral Examination (PDO).
7. Present and discuss ideas informally with academic supervisors.
8. Define and discuss the role of an engineer in society particularly related to professional ethics.
9. Plan and report on the aspects of risk within their specific project.
10. Explain the meaning of Intellectual Property and ways in which IP can be protected.

Outline Syllabus

This is a double module in which individual students work under a project supervisor to produce a final product starting from a project description provided by the supervisor. Projects are allocated at the end of the second year.

Regular weekly meetings are held with supervisors. In parallel with the independent project work students receive a weekly lecture

Module aims

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Module learning outcomes

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Learning and teaching methods

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This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Interim oral interview week 11    10% 
Coursework   Abstract for Project Open Day week 30    0% 
Coursework   Presentation, Demonstration & Oral Examination    20% 
Coursework   Initial Report    5% 
Coursework   Poster submission for Project Open Day week 30    5% 
Coursework   A Planning Record using online tools provided by CSEE - Moodle    5% 
Coursework   Final Report    55% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Anthony Vickers, email: vicka@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Vishuu Moahn



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
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