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COSC490 Dissertation

A supervised project involving original research and leading to the production of a dissertation.

This is a full-year research project, generally individual, carried out under the supervision of one or more staff members. A list of project proposals is provided, 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 Dissertation
Paper code COSC490
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,817.72
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), MA, MSc, 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 is based on a mid-year presentation, interim report and final report at year's end.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper will enable students to:
  • Explore in detail an area of computer science research that is of interest to them
  • Integrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their undergraduate degree in a large, independent research project
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the specific area of computer science research 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