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BSc Computer Science / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Third Year Project Laboratory

Course unit fact file
Unit code COMP30040
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


Enrolment restricted to students on Computer Science Single Honours and MEng programmes.


The aims for the project work done in the third year are:

  • To manage and execute a substantial project in a limited time.
  • To identify and learn whatever new skills are needed to complete the project.
  • To apply design and engineering skills in the accomplishment of a single task. In this context the skills mentioned may be in the general area of design and engineering in its broadest sense, or may be very specifically related to particular tools.

Learning outcomes

  • Plan and execute a substantial programme of technical work.  

  • Evaluate your own knowledge and skills with respect to a given plan, and be able to formulate a study plan to fill gaps

  • Analyse and evaluate existing material related to your work and describe your work in this context

  • Evaluate the work of others and give constructive feedback

  • Identify, use and credit public resources (including definitions and source code) as appropriate

  • Define tests and measures that allow you to evaluate your own work

  • Reflect on technical approaches and identify strengths and weaknesses

  • Analyse your work in order to identify ethical and security issues

  • Communicate plans and achievements clearly and concisely orally, visually and in written form




The formal lectures for the course take place during Welcome Week at the beginning of the academic year. The times are shown in the details panel.

Students are required to produce five deliverables during the year including some coursework during Welcome Week. Details are on the Third Year Project (COMP30040 materials) web pages.

Component                   Weight

Report                           40%

Screencast                    15%

Viva                                5%

Planning and Execution 10%

Achievements                30%

Teaching and learning methods


6 hours in total, all in Welcome Week

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Project management
Oral communication
Problem solving
Written communication

Recommended reading

COMP30040 reading list can be found on the Department of Computer Science website for current students.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 1
Lectures 7
Project supervision 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 372

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
David Morris Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

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