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Unit information: Summer Project in 2021/22

Unit name Summer Project
Unit code COMSM0024
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Ray
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The project offers two possible itineraries. For students with a clear project/supervisory team in mind, this sets the scene for the PhD thesis to be developed in Years 2 to 4. The main purpose of this initial phase is to compile the literature review and analyse the feasibility, social impact and any ethical issues. It will deliver a small proof-of-principle implementation and also a report, including the outline plan of the subsequent project. The project will be presented in the form of a poster in the next Summer School. For students that need to further explore the field, they will be allowed to undertake two smaller projects involving up to two supervisory teams, such that one of them will develop into the subsequent thesis.This flexibility in how to shape the Summer project was strongly recommended by our project partners.

Between TB1 and TB2, a Winter School will be organised involving all CDT cohorts, industry partners and potential supervisors. The aim of the Winter School is to showcase the range of research being done in the CDT, and to help prepare Y1 students to choose their Summer project and PhD topics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Work independently on a Artificial Intelligence related project for which they have defined the objectives and rationale.
  2. Apply knowledge about an area to a specific problem, which may be engineering, analytical, academic or applied in nature.
  3. Effectively communicate their conclusions in terms of their motivation, methodology, results and relation existing work.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered though regular supervision meetings involving discussion of progress, technical advice, and guidance. These will be supplemented by a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions to provide the key organisational and practical skills required for the project.

Assessment Information

Poster Presentation - 10%

Project Report, ~ 15,000 words - 90%

Both assessments cover all ILO's.

For students doing two smaller projects assessment will be pro-rata (two project reports of ~7,500 words, each worth 45% of the overall mark; two poster presentations, each worth 5% of the overall mark).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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