Computer Laboratory

Part III and MPhil ACS projects

Submission of Part III and ACS project reports

Blind-marking: new submission instructions

From Easter Term 2017, all project reports will be blind-marked. This means a change to the initial format of the project reports submitted.

Paper copy submission

The absolute deadline to alter the title of your project is 12:00 on Thursday 1 June 2017.

The absolute deadlines to submit your project reports are:

  • Part III: 12:00 noon Friday 9 June 2017
  • MPhil in Advanced Computer Science: 12:00 noon on Friday 16 June 2017

You should submit the following to the Graduate Education Office (FS03 in the William Gates Building):

  • Two soft-bound copies of your report with anonymised cover sheets;
  • Loose documents as listed below.

Loose documents to be submitted

With effect from Easter Term 2017, project reports will be blind-marked. This means project reports should contain no information which might easily identify the candidate. All MPhil and Part III students will be issued with two copies of a prefilled form including the student's University candidate number, course and the title of the project.

One copy of this form should be bound into each copy of the report at the front and where normally the title page, declaration and acknowledgement pages would sit. A one-page abstract with the title of the project should follow the anonymised cover page and include, on the reverse, the word count. Do not include your name on the abstract.

You need to submit, separately and loose, two copies of a formal project report title page. As explained in the guidance, section iii, the title page should include the following information:

  • Your name, as recorded on CamSIS
  • The title of your Project Report.
  • The Examination for which you are a candidate.
  • Your College, and the month and year in which you are submitting the Project Report.

You must also submit, separately, pages including:

The loose pages should be enclosed in a plastic wallet and submitted at the same time as the soft-bound project report copies. After the examination, the title page, declaration and acknowledgements pages will be bound into the library copy of the project report by the Graduate Education Office.

Late submissions

Late submissions are not permitted and failure to submit will result in the student failing the course. In the case of acute medical problems, family emergencies and so on which cause problems with completion of the project, the student's college must be informed so that they can raise the case with the Examiners.

Additional electronic upload

A further electronic version of the report (in PDF) as well as any source code that you wrote for the project (as a .zip or tar.gz package) should be uploaded:

Part III by 16:30 on 9 June 2017
MPhil by 16:30 on 16 June 2017

The source code is required in case the Examiners need to refer to it for clarification of statements made in the report, or they may wish to study it in advance of a viva voce examination.

The upload site will open soon and will require a login using your Raven password. It is very easy to use and should be self-explanatory, but you are strongly advised to try some test uploads in advance of the deadline; you can delete and replace any file that you upload any time before the deadline.

Thesis presentation

There's some advice on preparing suitably formatted documents here.

The manner in which the report is presented, and the care with which it has been prepared and illustrated, are in themselves evidence of your capabilities, and will receive consideration as such. You are strongly advised to check your reports carefully, prior to submission, for typing errors, spelling mistakes and poor English. The report, apart from quotations and recognised technical formulae, must be written in English.

When you submit your report, you must state, generally in a preface and specifically in notes or in a bibliography, the sources from which your information is derived, the extent to which you have availed yourself of the work of others, and the portions of the report which you claim are your own original work. Please read the Board of Graduate Studies advice on plagiarism and the Faculty's advice.

[MPhil students only] When submitting your report you must declare for what purpose, if any, other than for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course), the whole or part of it has already been or is concurrently being submitted. The Board cannot accept a report that is substantially the same as one that you have submitted, or are concurrently submitting, for any other degree, diploma, or similar qualification at any university or similar institution, except as declared in the Preface and specified in the text.

Binding

Each paper copy should be ring-bound, either comb or wire binding, with a clear plastic cover and black backing, and at least one copy should be double-sided.

You may like to use the Computing Service's Printing Service: the Computing Service's Reception Desk is located on the Second Floor of the Cockcroft Building, New Museums Site, Downing Street and you will need to complete a print-room job sheet before the work can be done.

The alternative is to print and bind your projects through stationery companies such as Rymans.

The CL library holds small stocks of comb binders, plastic covers and backs but you should not rely on this. We strongly advise against leaving your binding, or indeed printing, to the last moment as the Lab's binder and printers are often in use by other students.

Viva voce examinations (oral exams)

Viva voce examinations, if deemed necessary, will be held during the afternoon of final examiners' meeting in June. You should make sure to be available if called.