ITMB Project

Module description

This module will give you the chance to showcase your skills and to consolidate the knowledge, understanding, techniques and methods that you have acquired in the taught modules. Using independent learning skills, such as organisation, time management and the ability to conduct research effectively, you will apply this acquired knowledge by producing your own software system for business, using an appropriate project development method.

Prerequisite module: ECM2415 or equivalent

Full module specification

Module title:ITMB Project
Module code:ECM3427
Module level:3
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Jovisa Zunic - Convenor
Module credit:45
ECTS value:



ECM2413 or equivalent

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to extend the knowledge you have acquired so far on your degree programme and to enable you to demonstrate and apply your computing and business knowledge and skills to an individual project.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. follow the phases of system development, as specified by an appropriate development method;
  • 2. apply appropriate methods and techniques at each phase of the development;
  • 3. specify, design, implement, test, evaluate and demonstrate a working system.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. analyse a business problem, collect relevant information, and provide a suitable business case;
  • 5. produce full documentation as appropriate to the system and development method;
  • 6. demonstrate a software system;
  • 7. undertake change management.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. conduct independent study, including library and web-based searching, and the use of software documentation;
  • 9. reflect critically on processes and products;
  • 10. manage time and plan effectively.
  • 11. present your chosen solution.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10Individual Supervision
Guided independent study440

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation15 minutes4, 11Individual feedback sheet

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
A report documenting the business case155-6 pages4,8,9Feedback sheet
Final report6520-30 pagesAllFeedback sheet
Supervisor’s report101 pageAllFeedback sheet
Practical – demonstration and viva1020 minutesAllFeedback sheet

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
All aboveCoursework (100%)AllCompleted over summer with a deadline in August

Re-assessment notes

In case of failure or non-submission, the student will be required to submit a revised project by the week of the referred examinations. Where the student has been referred, the mark will be capped at 40%.â?¨

Syllabus plan

Not applicable.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Planning and implementing your final year project - with success! : a guide for students in computer science and information systems, Hansson J., , B. Olsson B., Lundell B., Berndtsson M.,Springer, 2002, 001.6407 BER, 1852333324

How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports, McMillan,K., Weyers, J., Pearson Education, 2009, 808.066 MACM, 978-0273726937

Writing your Dissertation, Swetnam, D., How To Books Ltd., 2000, 978-1857036626

Project Research in Information Systems, Cornford, T., Smithson,T., 2nd, Palgrave, 2008, 978-1403934710



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