The project dissertation will be a document of between 10,000 and 20,000 words (typically about 50 pages). It must be the work of the candidate, and should be a readable and coherent account of the chosen topic. No particular format is specified but it should provide an outline of the scope of the project and describe the extent to which the objectives of the project are met. It should also describe its relation to any industrial placement with which it may be associated.
The library has a reading list "Academic Writing Skills for Information Security Students" consisting of resources for the development of academic writing and referencing.
Please follow the format of the "Title and PLR" document, i.e. the the Forms and Templates page.
It is important that a student shows that they have extended the source material by including a critical analysis of their chosen subject area. A student may do this, for example, by elaborating the treatment as found in the sources, by comparing different approaches to solving a problem, or by performing practical experimentation to inform their analysis. A student should also reference source material appropriately and demonstrate that they appreciate how the topics discussed relate to one another and to the rest of the subject area concerned.
The College policy on Penalties for over-length work is as follows:
- For work which exceeds the upper word limit by at least 10% and by less than 20%, the mark will be reduced by ten percentage marks, subject to a minimum mark of a minimum pass.
- For work which exceeds the upper word limit by 20% or more, the maximum mark will be zero.
Note that references, quotations, bibliographies and appendices are not included in the calculation of the length of the work.