Undergraduate (UGRD) Special Projects

If you’d like to develop your research project skills this course is a great way to do it. Under special circumstances you can also request to conduct your research project with the supervision of an academic member of staff. The information below should help you determine if this option is right for you. For detailed information on units of credit, fees, and conditions for enrollment, check out the UNSW Handbook:

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Formulate a research project complete with aims and goals
  • Conduct a thorough literature survey for research project and write a report
  • Identify major problems and obstacles to be overcome in completing project
  • Formulate project methodology and project milestones
  • Carry project through to completion
  • Write a scientific project report
  • Write and give a scientific project presentation

To be eligible to undertake a special project, you must first:

  • Complete all 1st and 2nd year requirements;
  • Have a WAM > 80
  • Secure agreement from a UNSW Computing academic supervisor

A regular weekly meeting time will be scheduled during the first week of session with the relevant staff member.

The special project syllabus will cover:

  • Formulation of research project aims
  • Literature survey; developing milestones
  • Presentation of literature survey, aims and milestones
  • Conducting a research project
  • Final presentation and research project report

You’ll learn the skills required to conduct a research project that can be formulated and completed during a 12-week period. Starting with the formulation of aims, you'll learn how to conduct a literature survey and identify the main problems. As well as the obstacles that need to be overcome in completing the project. You’ll then carry the project through to completion, develop a scientific report and give a presentation of your results.

You’ll learn how to locate major research resources in the library and on the world wide web. Other project tools like wikis, source code repositories may also be utilised.

There are no formal classes, but a weekly meeting will be scheduled during the first week of semester. Additional meeting times may also be scheduled.

Plagiarism is defined as using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. UNSW and the School of Computer Science Engineering treat plagiarism as academic misconduct. This means that it carries penalties as severe as being excluded from further study at UNSW. Read through the support pages for Referencing to ensure you understand your responsibilities.

Ignorance is not accepted as an excuse for plagiarism, especially after first year.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated; assignment submissions will be checked for similarity and anyone found involved in plagiarism will be awarded an overall mark of zero for the entire course. This does not look good on your academic record.

Your final mark in this course will be based on your literature survey and project formulation report and presentation as well as your final report and presentation. There is no exam in this course. 

  

Component 

Weighting 

Literature survey, aims and milestones report 

10% 

Final presentation and demonstration 

45% 

Final report 

45% 

 

By the end of this course, we want you to be capable of formulating a research project complete with aims, identify the major problems to be overcome, carry the project through to completion and report on the outcomes of your work.

Postgraduate (PGRD) Special Projects

If you’d like to develop your research skills, taking one of the following options is a great way to do it.

Students are permitted to substitute 12-18 units of credit in their final semester with a project of equal value provided they meet the following criteria: 

  1. Have completed (or have transfer credit in) 72uoc; and 

  1. Have obtained agreement from a UNSW Computing academic supervisor; and 

  1. Have 75WAM or higher in the program. 

Projects are graded, and students deliver a seminar and submit a written report. 

Students should seek agreement from a supervisor and complete their Project Proposal prior to submitting a Project Nomination form to the Postgraduate Coordinator. The Postgraduate Coordinator will then forward through all documentation listed below to request that the student be enrolled: 

  1. Written approval from Supervisor 

  1. Project Proposal 

  1. Completed Project Nomination form approved by the PG Coordinator. 

Projects can be counted towards a students' Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge requirement.  

Project proposals must be finalised prior to the start of semester or your nomination may be rejected by the Postgraduate Coordinator. 

Final reports must be submitted to your Assessor and Supervisor directly by email, prior to the due date. 

If you’re not currently a UNSW student and would like to know more, submit an online enquiry

If you’re a current UNSW student, you can use the student portal web form to submit your question

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