CS416 – Industrial Placement 1

Credits 20
Level 4
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Available to MEng Computer Science and MEng Computer & Electronic Systems students only
Elective No
Contact Lectures: 0 | Tutorials: 0 | Labs: 0
Assignments: 0 | Self study: 200
Assessment The placement is assessed on the basis of a short presentation made to staff and fellow students at the start of the year. The presentation should describe the organisation in which the student was working, summarise the various projects in which the student was engaged, and reflect on the benefits gained from the experience. The presentation will be marked by two assessors from the Department and will be designated as either Pass or Fail.
Lecturer Dr Robert Atkey

Aims and Objectives

To enable the student to experience the application of aspects of their degree course in an industrial context and the group work which such experience requires.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the class, a student should be able:

  • to build on material acquired in the first three years of the degree course
  • to work in industry as a member of an industrial team
  • to pull together ideas from one or more of the classes they have undertaken
  • to display a disciplined approach to good practices in the general area of the degree course
  • to undertake independent working


The period of industrial placement lasts for approximately three months, from June or early July to late August or September; students are expected during their third year to take an active part, in cooperation with the Year or Placement Coordinators, in securing an appropriate placement. A placement must be satisfactorily completed prior to graduating with the MEng Computer Science degree, but if circumstances require it can be undertaken later in the course than the end of third year.

The nature of the work undertaken will naturally vary substantially; it is expected that the majority of students will (like those on industrial placement for closely related degrees) find placements where they will be working close to the frontiers of what is presently achievable. It is also strongly hoped that students will participate as members of an industrial team, as opposed to working in relative isolation. However, the work reported will be judged in terms of what was possible within a particular placement, rather than according to some absolute standard.

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