Important: group project credits
For students undertaking the MRes (as part of the EngD), the Group Project is worth 30 credit. For EngD students undertaking the programme without the MRes may, the Group Project is worth 45 credits. The balance of work will be addressed by the EngD Director on a case-by-case basis.
Students undertaking Professional Development in Practice may submit a report on undertaking the Group Project to PDP as part of their assessment criteria. Please dicuss this matter with the PDP course leader.
Projects suggestions will be discussed at the introductory meeting. This project aims to give you experience of R&D work within a multidisciplinary environment, therefore projects should be multidisciplinary in nature.
Previous projects have included:
- Real-time immersive simulation of planned computer science building
- Genetic evolution of load-bearing structures
- Mobile location-based games
- Non-photorealistic rendering for design review
- A-life system to create evolving artforms from biometric input
- Automated visual tracking of pedestrians
- Mid October Introductory meeting
- Groups should meet regularly throughout
- End of Term One Feasibility Report and Presentation
- Mid-February Practical demonstration
- First week after Easter final report and presentation (may be presented before a public audience)
Students are expected to self-manage their group projects, including negotiating roles and planning development and planning your own meetings to discuss details. The EngD Director strongly recommends that students maintain an on-line record of all group project materials (eg using Google Groups & Docs, or similar).
The feasibility report should contain a review of state-of-the-art report, feasibility study and plan for main execution, and should include:
- Background literature
- Aims and objectives
- Time plan
- Overview of architecture
- Identification of software tools
There is no restriction on length, but it should be a resource against which your progress will be measured.
During the feasibility report meeting, you will be required to present these materials and talk through each of the topics.
Final Report and Assessment
The project is assessed by a group report and presentation. The group report should report on the application, developed system and evaluation of the system. It should consist of not more that 50 pages of material. The presentation should last 30 minutes.
The project report is assessed by the following criteria:
- Background reading. General understanding of the subject area.
- Report organization and structure.
- Clarity of expression.
- Reasonable and well justified conclusions.
- Critical appraisal of the work.
- Key problems identified and solved.
- Documentation (user/system manuals, design documents etc. as appropriate).
- Completeness. Objectives achieved fully.
- Overall system design.
- Appropriate use of tools, libraries, existing code etc.
- Well structured and readable implementation.
- Project planning.
- Implementation and reporting of group process.
The project presentation is assessed by the following criteria:
- Completeness, presentation covers the brief
- Quality/clarity of presentation
- Relevant background material
- Clarity of argument
- Reasonable conclusions
- Response to questions
The report and presentation are weighted 70% / 30%, and the same mark is allocated to all students.
- Mark sheet for the presentation
- Mark sheet for the report
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Each student's progress is assessed at various stages of the programme against a sequence of milestones.
Milestone 1 Successful completion of taught modules (including professional and research skills). Expected to be reached through the completion of requisite taught modules.
Milestone 2 Successful completion of the Group Project. This begins during the first term, followed by periodic presentations; assessment is by group report and group presenation (weighted 30/70 respectively). Sumbission is expected afyer the Easter Holidays. Iindividuals are awarded the group mark, regardless of their actual contribution (unless a special case is requested).Read more
Students complete an MRes in their first year, usually either MRes VEIV (programme code: TMRCOMSVEI01) or MRes AAC (TMRARCSAAC01). To gain an MRes, students must pass all taught modules and successfully submit a first-year dissertation. Each student's progress on the programme undergoes executive review early in year two. Students are strongly advised to discuss programme-specific requirements with the relevant course directors.
VEIV & AAC also offer MRes as stand-alone programmes (apply here)
MRes VEIV offers a flexible structure with four major componentsRead more
Students must achieve 195 taught course credits in years 1-3. Students are strongly advised to discuss programme-specific requirements with the relevant course directors. Taught components a based on the MRes VEIV structure.Read more
Project training modules
Students undertaking the programme via either the MRes+EngD or Modular EngD may gain taught credits by taking one of a choice of two project training modules (below). These modules are similar in structure yet require differing levels of work committed.
- Exploring Critical Issues in VEIV (COMPGR03; 15 credits)
Students undertake a literature review and one related practical project.
The themes and topics of study are chosen in consultation with the student's MRes/EngD supervisor. Materials and findings are sumbitted via a 10,000-word report. Reports should also include an critical reflection on the student's development and transfer of knowledge.
- Evaluating Critical Topics in VEIV (COMPGR04; 30 credits)
Students undertake a literature review and several related practical projects. The themes and topics of study are chosen in consultation with the student's MRes/EngD supervisor. Materials and findings are sumbitted via a 25,000-word report. Reports should also include an critical reflection on the student's development, transfer of knowledge and further training requirements.