Computer Science Honours Project - Part 1

Course code COMP4251Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This course is the first part of the CS Honours project.
It provides preparation for completion of a supervised research project. In part 1, students carry out a preliminary literature review of the material relevant to their project, develop a research proposal and timeline and begin their research project. They summarise and discuss their proposal in an intermediate report and present a seminar.
The Honours project (part 1 and 2 together) comprises a substantial project usually involving a detailed literature review together with a theoretical and/or practical investigation of a computer science problem. Technical content will be dependent on the project undertaken.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Be acquainted with the steps necessary to plan a research project.
2. To give students the opportunity to carry out research oriented activities in a scientific way and to provide students with hands-on exposure to problems in the frontier of knowledge that are relevant to academia or to industry.
3. To develop research and communication skills. This includes techniques for discipline specific literature search and to give students the opportunity to present and discuss in written and oral form current research issues and associated literature in project relevant areas.
ContentComprises planning and start of a substantial project usually involving a literature review together with a theoretical and/or practical investigation of a computer science problem. Technical content will be dependent on the project undertaken. The project work is embodied in a research report, and presented in a seminar. Additional instruction and assistance in report preparation and seminar preparation and delivery will be given.
Replacing Course(s)COMP4250A - Honours Project - Part A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePermission from HOD. Knowledge is as required for the project undertaken
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Assessment Items
Presentations - IndividualThe student is expected to present a seminar for the project proposal. The seminar should be presented before the end of the semester. The oral presentation should include project topic, goals, background (literature review), results achieved so far (if any) and research plan for the whole project including part 2 (COMP4252). The length of the presentation should be about 30 mins plus 10 mins for discussion and questions. The intention is to supply the Honours student with feedback on the project plan and provide an opportunity for improving oral presentation skills.
ReportsBefore the end of week 10 an intermediate report should be presented to the project supervisor. The aim is to have a realistic and well-supported project proposal and plan developed. This intermediate project report and proposal should contain:
• Project title
• Project definition and description
• Literature review (at least 5 references)
• Discussion of possible outcomes of the project
• Plan for the whole project (including preliminary timeline and milestones).
The length of the intermediate report should be at least 10 pages. It will be marked by the project supervisor and returned to the student.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentB Computer Science (Hons)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for COMP4251