Honours Project Report

The report should usually be between 30 and 60 pages long (and no shorter than 20 pages) and contain:

In addition, the report sometimes contains appendices in which relevant program listings, circuit diagrams, check plots, formal proofs etc. are included. Such appendices do not contribute to the page count but they should not be excessively long.

Links: informal guidance on report writing; guidance on bibliography entries; recent outstanding project reports (mark 80% and above)

It is perfectly acceptable, and indeed recommended, that you arrange for your supervisor to read and comment on a draft of the project report well in advance of the deadline. Ideally you would have a full draft ready at least two weeks in advance, so you have plenty of time to make any modifications that your supervisor suggests.

Submitting the Project report

You are required to submit:

See the project calendar for the deadline. Please submit your hard copies directly to a member of ITO staff rather than posting them in the submission box.

A "Project Submission Pack" that includes everything you need to submit your project will be provided by the ITO in the period before submission.

Printers are a heavily utilised resource near the submission deadline, so you should plan to use a photocopier, for instance in the Main Library, to create one of the copies. The colour printers are a particular bottleneck. Please try to avoid printing large numbers of monochrome pages on the colour printer. The binder is another bottleneck: expect a queue throughout the day of project submission, and don't wait until the last minute!

Submitting Project Directories

At or before the submission deadline for your project you will also be required to submit your project using the following form.

Link: project submission web form.

This requires you to nominate a "project directory" that contains appropriate supporting evidence for the project examiners, and to provide the location of a pdf file containing your project report. The project directory should contain sufficient additional material to allow the project examiners to come to a decision on matters such as: level of completion of the project, the quality of the project and the amount of work required to complete the project.

The marking guidelines and form used to grade projects are based entirely on the content of the report. The additional material will be used to assess the accuracy of claims in the report.

Projects often build on work previously carried out, in some cases re-using code and data from earlier projects. We would like your project materials to be available for further use in research, private study or education, if requested. However, if you decide that you do not want your project materials re-used, please tick the relevant box.

Once you graduate, your Informatics computing account will be retained for a period of up to one year. You will be guaranteed access to the account for a period of at least three months after graduation; after that period access may be withdrawn without notice. You should make any personal backup before you leave or before the three months grace period has ended, as after that time all the files in your home directory will be deleted and will not be recoverable.

Producing a project report

This section deals only with the technical aspects of producing a report. Please see above for a description of its expected structure and contents.

While the project report should not be untidy, it is not fruitful to spend a large amount of time on word processing. The report's readers are mainly concerned with the technical quality of the content. Use of a spelling checker program is recommended.

The recommended word processing system is LaTeX:

Link: LaTeX instructions and document class files

The project report should be printed on both sides of the page. You do not need a blank page between chapters but please start each chapter on a right-hand page. See above for details of where to submit the report.

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