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CM3301 Software Engineering Project

This is the main page for information about the 40 credit two-semester software engineering project module CM3301.

* CM3301 Guide: The complete guide for CM3301 on a single page for printing/saving as PDF.

Project Selection

At the start of the module you will be given a list of group projects proposed by some members of staff. You will be asked to indicate your preferences for the projects based on the descriptions. You may also want to ask the members of staff proposing projects for more details or clarify anything in the description. By the middle of week 1 you will have to submit your preferences and we will then assign you to a team, based on your preferences and past performance to achieve a good balance of skills for each team. Each team will have an assigned project with one supervisor who initially will be interacting with the team as a whole and later on have individual meetings with each member to discuss their part of the project. Each team will also have a moderator assigned to them.

You will be notified via learning central announcements and e-mails on the detailed arrangements and deadlines. The overall module arrangements and projects will also be discussed with you in the lectures.


This is an overview of the expected deliverables and related tasks you have to execute for your project. Details on these deliverables and tasks are available on the linked pages. You also find the required deliverables with their submission deadlines on learning central.

  • Team Report: You must submit a team report covering the project initiation documentation, the requirements, software architecture and project plan in the first semester (by end of week 9 of the first semester, at most 5,000 words per team member, worth 15%).
  • Team Presentation: A team presentation on the completed project, including a demonstration of the system is due in the second semester (in week 11 of the second semester, up to 1h including audience questions and discussions, worth 10%).
  • Individual Report: An individual report on your work on the project must be submitted by the end of the second semester (by the end of week 12 of the second semester, at most 20,000 words, worth 75%).
  • Project Viva: A project viva will take place after the exams for every final year project to discuss your individual work.

Reports and presentation material will have to be submitted on learning central. For details see the instructions for the assignments there.


These guides are meant to help you produce good final year project reports. They are generic and have to be adapted to your specific module and project requirements. A good report is one that presents your project work concisely and effectively. It should contain various materials relevant to the work you have undertaken for your project; it should be organised into a logical framework; and it should be supported by written material that follows well-established academic conventions in a consistent fashion.

An important point to remember is that the report should describe your work. Large chunks of bookwork describing standard material are unnecessary. You should simply refer to such material where necessary - assume that your reader is a competent computer or information systems theorist or practitioner as suitable in the wider context of your project. The guidelines here are arranged roughly in the order that you will need them.

Your project supervisor will guide you on what it is reasonable to expect a project in your chosen topic to deliver. However, all projects are required to justify all decisions made at every stage of research and the development of appropriate deliverables, including the choice of approach.

Further information on how to prepare the various deliverables in a suitable format and related technical issues are available in these guides:

  • PDF Guide: Instructions on how to generate PDF files.

Project Coordinator

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