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COSC480 Applied Project

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An approved project on a topic in computer science.

This is a full-year project, generally individual, carried out under the supervision of one or more staff members. A list of project proposals is provided at the preliminary lecture, but it is possible to arrange projects of a student's own choice if a staff member is available and willing to act as supervisor.

Paper title Applied Project
Paper code COSC480
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,696.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $11,931.47

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Limited to
MA, MAppSc, MSc, PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, PGDipArts, PGDipSci
There are no formal prerequisites for the 400-level papers, but prior knowledge is assumed. Admission to these papers is restricted not only by numbers, but by satisfactory grades in 300-level COSC papers.
Computer Science Adviser
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Lech Szymanski

Paper Structure
Assessment details can be tailored to individual projects, but will involve some form of presentation and a significant written component.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will enable students to:
  • Explore in detail an area of computer science that is of interest to them
  • Integrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their undergraduate degree in a large, independent project
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the specific area of computer science related to their project
  • Demonstrate their ability to work independently and in a self-directed manner
  • Communicate their work clearly to an audience through oral presentation and written reports

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system