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Workplace Assessment Year 4 COMPSCI4085P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

By the time they have reached Year 4, students will have a huge breadth of experience in the workplace and should be capable of taking the lead on their own projects or being a mentor in a particular software engineering domain. They should use these skills to develop a substantial piece of work which solves a given problem, documenting their progress and rationale throughout the duration of the project. This course, and the equivalent courses in each of the previous years of the programme, is intended to create reflective life-long learners.



Requirements of Entry

Workplace Assessment Year 3

Excluded Courses





Report on workplace practices (95%) plus presentation (5%). Report components will be submitted and assessed at logical stages over the duration of the course. The precise breakdown of the stages will be at the discretion of the lecturer, but no single component will be worth more than 30% of the overall mark for the course.

Main Assessment In: August

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The coursework cannot be redone because the feedback provided to the students after the original coursework would give any student redoing the coursework an unfair advantage.

Course Aims

This project aims to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to plan and manage a significant piece of software development work. They should be able to make decisions rationally and justify these decisions convincingly based on research. They should also display their technical writing ability by presenting their work as a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Independently design and construct or extend a substantial software product which demonstrates technical achievements in computer science.

2. Apply technology and tools in the workplace.

3. Manage technical skills appropriately to address a challenging problem in computer science.

4. Compose and present a dissertation that documents a software engineering project and debate the decisions and set their work in the context of a software suite.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.