Honours Project Proposal and Execution


This module provides the student with the opportunity to undertake the practical and development work for a major, in-depth individual project in an aspect of their programme. Normally the idea for project will be devised by the student and development work will be undertaken during this module. During term 1 proof of concept development will be undertaken to support the specification of a well-researched project proposal document. During term 2 the main development work for the project will be undertaken and completed.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: the ability to select, to plan and to develop a major project to produce a proposal, demonstrate feasibility and an artefact from concept to completion. As such to develop and exercise research and development skills and to encourage self-managed learning, planning, recording and professional competence.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Produce Project Proposal

2.  Produce and demonstrate a proof of concept for the project idea.

3.  Produce and demonstrate an artefact which meets the objectives of the project proposal.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.

5.  Record progress regularly in a manner that allows for self-reflection and informed development.

6.  Interact professionally with a project supervisor

Indicative Content

1 Investigation, Research and Selection

Initial investigation of project topic, Background research of project topic and Selection of project topic

2 Evaluating

Methods of evaluating a project.

3 Legal, Social, Professional and Ethical Issues

Consideration of Legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

4 Proposal

Production of a project proposal.

5 Project Feasibility and Proof of Concept

Demonstrate Feasibility of Project

6 Self-directed problem solving, Originality and Creativity

Self-directed problem solving Originality and creativity

7 Self Motivation, Initiative and Insight

Self-motivation and Initiative and insight

8 Software Design Skills

Software Design skills

9 Recording, Reporting and Communication Skills

Recording, reporting and Communication skills

10 Employability and professional development

Employability and professional development

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Each student is assigned to a member of the academic staff for supervision. Supervision meetings will normally take place once per week and each student will be part of a supervision group. Students will be able to benefit from peer support and interaction with other project students both during and out with these sessions. It is not expected that the supervisor will direct the student or be responsible for solving the detailed problems which the project presents, since self-motivation, problem solving, work scheduling and initiative are among the qualities which the project is intended to foster and assess. The student is expected to keep a weekly project journal, both to inform the supervisor and the report writing process. Students will be expected to seek detailed technical help and support from experts within the School, where necessary. Full details on the management of the process and schedule will be given in the Project Handbook.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 48
Assessment 100
Independent 234

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.