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    Applied Computing Project
    COMP S450
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    Applied Computing Project

    Course Coordinator: To be confirmed

    Course Developer: Dr Sunny Kai-San Tse, Consultant

    This course is an optional course in the BSc (Hons) in Computing and Networking programme. The course will expose students to situations they will face in their employment. Students will work under the supervision of a tutor. Students may use this course to satisfy clause (d) of the BSc (Hons) degree regulations as shown in the Prospectus. Students may also take COMP S411, instead of this course, to satisfy the requirement.

    Compulsory prerequisite(s)
    Students are required to have successfully completed at least 140 credits, including any three of MATH S353 (COMP S311), MATH S355 (COMP S356), MATH S357 (COMP S358) and COMP S366 (ELEC S312).

    This course aims to:

    • Enable students to define a set of objectives and appropriate methodologies;
    • Provide an opportunity for students to apply and put into practice what they have learned from other computing courses;
    • Help students develop skills in planning, managing and scheduling various tasks required to solve a number of problems;
    • Enable students to fully develop and use their knowledge and skills in the applied computing profession;
    • Teach students how to present a well-structured, well-written account of the techniques, methods and findings from an independent study.

    The course has no conventional course materials. Some reading of current technical materials available in journals and reference books may be required. This course will enable students to reveal problems in this area that are yet to be tackled and understand the directions scholars are taking to find solutions.

    The project has a practical aim and is conducted at an advanced undergraduate level. Individual projects can be any of the following:

    (a) projects based on expertise in one particular area from among MATH S353 (COMP S311), MATH S357(COMP S358), MATH S355 (COMP S356) and COMP S366 (ELEC S312); or (b) projects initiated by a course team or by a student’s work-related projects with company endorsement. Samples of past student projects are available at the reference desk of the OUHK library.

    Learning support
    There will be around eight to ten two-hour tutorials spread throughout the course. Activities will involve discussion, guidance and advice-giving sessions for individual projects.

    Three reports must be submitted: (i) Initial report — the project proposal, its background and the project plan in about 1,500 words; (ii) Interim report — outlining progress made, the method of investigation and a brief outline of the final report in about 2,000 words, plus an oral presentation of the interim report; and (iii) Final report in about 7,500–8,500 words — full details of the project results, conclusions and importance of these conclusions. There may be an oral examination at the end of the course, if required. Students are required to submit assignments via OUHK Virtual Server.

    Online requirement
    This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator as well as other students. To access the OLE, students will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

    Advanced computer facilities with a cluster of client/server Pentium PCs with multimedia and WWW development tools will be available for project use. If your project is completed at home, you will need access to an IBM-compatible computer with the following minimum configurations:

    • IBM-compatible PC with Intel Pentium processor
    • 512 MB RAM
    • CD-ROM drive
    • Sound card with speakers
    • 3.5" floppy drive

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

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