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CM20257: Integrated group-based project

[Page last updated: 27 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
CM20257B - Other - Individual Report (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CM10227 AND take CM10251
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to:
* develop the technical, management and teamworking skills necessary for the successful development of a multidisciplinary software project.
* build on concepts taught within Computing as a Science and Engineering Discipline.
* provide a systems-based understanding of data and information, data modelling, storage, access, retrieval and protection.
* build upon the fundamental concepts of networking and prepare students for networking terminology and concepts they may meet on placement.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit the students will be able to:
1. To apply background research of scientific literature AND software state of the art in order to propose a novel interactive system.
2. To deploy appropriate software engineering methods and skills to one full design cycle of an interactive software product, from empirical requirements gathering, through sketching and design, through implementation and testing to empirical and analytic end-user evaluation.
3. To critically appraise, choose and utilize appropriate software in the building of web-based or mobile-based interactive software.
4. To deploy project management tools so as to coordinate the activities of a small development team, to manage time-critical software development, including the production of written report deliverables and to manage the social issues that arise from division of labour and coordination.
5. To plan and conduct an appropriate evaluation of an interactive system, incorporating both analytic and empirical techniques.
6. To understand ethical and legal frameworks relating to data ownership, research with human participants and public deployment of interactive systems.
7. To present proposals and progress reports in written form, and to present a system with video- and slide- supported spoken presentation.

Information analysis, report writing, presentation skills, group working, critical reflection, identification of opportunities for personal development.
Project management (T/F,A), Communication (T/F,A) IT (T/F,A)

Review of key concepts for the control of software development.
Quality Assurance. Documentation.
Tool support for the systems design and development process.
Software Project Management.
Team-approach to software development.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CM20257 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • USCM-AFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFM01 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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