Course Details

Course Code COMP3901
Course Title Special Project
Convenor John Shepherd
Admin John Shepherd
Classes Lectures there are no lectures
Consultations weekly meetings with your supervisor
Units of Credit COMP3901: 6 uoc, COMP3902: 12 uoc
Course Website
Handbook Entry
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Course Summary

This course gives you an opportunity to work on a project with a member of academic staff.

You should negotiate the details of the project either before or at the first meeting with your supervisor.

Assumed Knowledge

Before commencing this course, students should:

  • have a solid background in computing (i.e. data structures and algorithms)
  • have a achieved excellent academic grades
  • specifically, completed all core COMP1/COMP2 requirements and have a WAM > 80

These are assumed to have been acquired in the courses ...

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will:

  1. be able to work supervised on a research project.
  2. Be able to communicate the results of research projects both written and verbally.

Teaching Strategies

  • this course involves independent work on a project specified by your supervisor
  • you are expected to meet with your supervisor at least once per week

Student Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct ( Information , Policy ) sets out what the University expects from students as members of the UNSW community. As well as the learning, teaching and research environment, the University aims to provide an environment that enables students to achieve their full potential and to provide an experience consistent with the University's values and guiding principles. A condition of enrolment is that students inform themselves of the University's rules and policies affecting them, and conduct themselves accordingly.

In particular, students have the responsibility to observe standards of equity and respect in dealing with every member of the University community. This applies to all activities on UNSW premises and all external activities related to study and research. This includes behaviour in person as well as behaviour on social media, for example Facebook groups set up for the purpose of discussing UNSW courses or course work. Behaviour that is considered in breach of the Student Code Policy as discriminatory, sexually inappropriate, bullying, harassing, invading another's privacy or causing any person to fear for their personal safety is serious misconduct and can lead to severe penalties, including suspension or exclusion from UNSW.

If you have any concerns, you may raise them with your lecturer, or approach the School Ethics Officer , Grievance Officer , or one of the student representatives.

Plagiarism is defined as using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. UNSW and CSE treat plagiarism as academic misconduct, which means that it carries penalties as severe as being excluded from further study at UNSW. There are several on-line sources to help you understand what plagiarism is and how it is dealt with at UNSW:

Make sure that you read and understand these. Ignorance is not accepted as an excuse for plagiarism. In particular, you are also responsible that your assignment files are not accessible by anyone but you by setting the correct permissions in your CSE directory and code repository, if using. Note also that plagiarism includes paying or asking another person to do a piece of work for you and then submitting it as your own work.

UNSW has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All UNSW staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at UNSW. Plagiarism at UNSW is defined as using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own.

If you haven't done so yet, please take the time to read the full text of

The pages below describe the policies and procedures in more detail:

You should also read the following page which describes your rights and responsibilities in the CSE context:


Item Due Marks
Presentation Week 10 20%
Project Report Week 11 80%

Course Schedule

Week Activities
1 Initial meeting with supervisor to discuss project
2 Literature survey, tighten project specification, meet with supervisor
3 Work on project, meet with supervisor
4 Work on project, meet with supervisor
5 Work on project, meet with supervisor
6 Work on project, meet with supervisor
7 Work on project, meet with supervisor
8 Work on project, meet with supervisor
9 Work on project, meet with supervisor
10 Give presentation on project results
11 Submit final project report

Resources for Students

The whole internet is your resource. Google Scholar is particularly useful.

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