COMP SCI 7095A - Master Computer Science Research Project - Part A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Students intending to enrol in Honours Computer Science are advised to consult the Head of the School of Computer Science, preferably before enrolling for Level III courses. The Honours project is an advanced research project conducted individually under the guidance of an academic supervisor. It continues over two semesters and gives students the chance to investigate and contribute to an area at the cutting edge of computer science. Project topics vary from year to year depending on staff availability and research focus.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7095A
    Course Master Computer Science Research Project - Part A
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites COMP SCI 7007
    Restrictions Available to M Comp Sci students only
    Course Description Students intending to enrol in Honours Computer Science are advised to consult the Head of the School of Computer Science, preferably before enrolling for Level III courses.
    The Honours project is an advanced research project conducted individually under the guidance of an academic supervisor. It continues over two semesters and gives students the chance to investigate and contribute to an area at the cutting edge of computer science. Project topics vary from year to year depending on staff availability and research focus.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Damith Ranasinghe

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Gain exposure to research in an area of computer science.
    2. Learn to interpret and assess literature related to a current area of research.
    3. Learn how to experiment with algorithms whose properties are not known in advance.
    4. Learn to present work to an audience, both in written form and orally.
    5. Learn to work and plan independently.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 3, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    N/A
    Recommended Resources
    Resources are recommended on an individual basis by project supervisors. A dedicated computer laboratory is available at room 4.61, Ingkarni Wardli Building. Specialised computing requirements should be arranged through the project supervisor.
    Online Learning
    A Moodle forum (“Honours and Master Computer Science Project”) is available for announcements and discussion about the MCS project:

    http://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au/.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The MCS project is intended to provide an introduction to computer science research in the area chosen by the student. Students learn by a combination of reading research papers, discussing problems with their supervisor and peers, writing experimental programs and presenting their
    work both orally and in a written report.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A MCS student is expected to spend 20 hours per week on his/her project.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The MCS Project A consists of several stages, including:

    1. Literature review and proposal presentation,
    2. Initial implementation and testing,
    3. Report writing.

    The specific content of each step is highly project dependent, and should be discussed with the project supervisor.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Master Computer Science project typically involves one student and one (or more) academic staff.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The project Part A has two main assessement components:

    1) Project proposal presentation (5% of the overall assessment);
    2) Project preliminary report (15% of the overall assessment).
    Assessment Related Requirements
    A mark of 50% or greater is required to pass this course.
    Assessment Detail
    The MCS Project is assessed primarily on the final report written by the student. The report is marked by two examiners and verified by all academic staff. A preliminary presentation contributes a minor
    amount of marks to the final mark. This will be graded by the project supervisor and a second staff member.
    Submission
    Project reports are submitted by sending them to the MCS coordinator by email.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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