Group Project

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
03 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC G40012 Advanced Computer Science,
MSC G40024 Advanced Computer Science,
MSC G400CH Advanced Computer Science,
MSC G41112 Artificial Intelligence,
MSC G411CH Artificial Intelligence,
MSC G51512 Big Data and Text Analytics,
MSC H61212 Computer Engineering,
MSC H60112 Computer Networks and Security,
MSC G40812 Intelligent Systems and Robotics,
MSC G41212 Artificial Intelligence and its Applications,
MPHDG40048 Computer Science,
PHD G40048 Computer Science,
MSCIG402 Computer Science,
MSCII100 Computer Science (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module allows students to apply their specialised knowledge to a realistic problem and experience team-based production of software.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their specialised knowledge to a realistic problem, and gain practical experience of the processes involved in the team-based production of software.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module each team will be expected to have:

1. Held regular group meetings and maintained a diary of their progress.
2. Defined and allocated tasks to individual members according to their skills.
3. Used available project management tools to organise their activities.
4. Produced a fully tested working implementation of their software.
5. Delivered appropriate documentation of a professional standard.
6. Given a presentation in which they described the way the project was managed, explained their design and demonstrated their final product.
7. Considered the security aspects with respect to their implemented software.

Each individual student will be expected to have contributed fully to his or her team's activities, and will be expected to be able to:

1. Describe the processes involved in the team-based production of software.
2. Explain and justify the design implementation and evaluation of their team's finished product.
3. Give an account of their individual contribution to the team's effort.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

Starting from an outline description of a realistic problem, each team is required to develop a fully implemented software solution using appropriate engineering and project management techniques. Wherever possible, teams are organised on the basis of shared interest, and the problem is designed to exercise their understanding of their area of specialised study.

Assessment is based on the documentation produced at each stage of the process, a presentation and demonstration of the final product, the effectiveness of the team's management of the project, and the understanding and contribution of each individual.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and project supervision


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non - essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Project Presentation/Demonstration    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 1: Requirements Specification     20% 
Coursework   Assignment 2: Final Programming Code and Report    50% 
Coursework   Assignment 3: Personal Appraisal    10% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Themistoklis Melissourgos, email: themistoklis.melissourgos@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Themistoklis Melissourgos, Dr Vito De Feo
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Marios Angelopoulos
Bournemouth University
Principal Academic
Dr Colin Johnson
University of Nottingham
Dr Dimitrios Kanoulas
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 84 hours, 26 (31%) hours available to students:
58 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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