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					University of Surrey
Department of Computing

School of Electronics and Physical Sciences

MSc Dissertation Handbook

MSc in Information Systems

MSc in Internet Computing

October 2002

1.      INTRODUCTION                                       3

2.      DEADLINES                                          3

3.      DISSERTATION DELIVERABLES                          3

4.      INDUSTRIAL DISSERTATIONS                           5

5.      PROJECT ASSESSMENT                                 6

6.      MEETINGS AND YOUR SUPERVISORS                      6


7.1     The Dissertation Coordinator                        7

7.2     English Support provided by the Department          7

8.    Project Failure or Non-Submission of Reports          7

8.1     Delayed Submission                                  7

8.2     Project Deferment                                   7

8.3     Re-submission of Report                             7

8.4     Project Failure                                     8


10.     EXAMPLE OF PAST MSC DISSERTATIONS                  12
APPENDIX 1: Dissertation Supervision Form                  14
APPENDIX 2: Plagiarism                                     15
APPENDIX 3: Plagiarism Agreement Form                      17
APPENDIX 3: Dissertation Cover Template                    18

These guidelines contain requirements, suggestions and comments for your MSc Dissertation. All these are
intended to provide a foundation on which your Dissertation will have the best chance of being successful. It is
important to realise, however, that it is your Dissertation first and foremost. Please remember that while you
will be supported by your supervisor and other members of the School, it is your responsibility to bring it to a
successful conclusion - the award of the MSc.

The research related to your dissertation project is divided into two phases; the preparatory phase and the full-
time phase. The preparatory phase begins with the assignment of the project titles and continues until the
Diploma examinations. The full-time phase extends from the end of the examinations until the Dissertation
submission date. During the preparatory phase you are expected to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week on
your Dissertation. Throughout the full-time period, 40 hours per week is reasonable. It is in your own interest
to participate fully in the preparatory phase. Please note that you will only be allowed to proceed to the full-
time dissertation phase when you successfully complete the Diploma examinations.

The normal arrangement is that students carry out a dissertation project in the Department, however some
dissertations are available in collaboration with industry.

University Dissertation Projects: These are usually carried out in association with one of the full-time
academics who will be appointed as Academic Supervisor.

Industrial Dissertation Projects: It may be possible to undertake a project in industry or one which is carried
out in collaboration with industry. Each year organisations are canvassed by the Department to provide
dissertation project placements or suggestions. In such cases, an Industrial Supervisor would be necessary as
well as an Academic Supervisor. If you are interested in an Industrial Dissertation, an up-to-date CV should be
sent electronically to the Postgraduate Administrator via h.tye@surrey.ac.uk

The important deadlines for your Dissertation for which you should make a diary note are as follows:

            11 November 2002 (5 pm)         Dissertation Supervision Form

            20 December 2002 (5 pm)         Project Inception Report (5%)

            14 March 2003 (5 pm)            Preparatory Phase Report (10%)

            24-28 March 2003                Preparatory Phase Presentations (5%)

            8 August 2003 (5 pm)            Final Dissertation Report (70%)

            11-22 August 2003               Final Presentations - Vivas (10%)

Submission of Project Reports:
All written submissions should be handed in by 5 pm on the respective dates, via the School MSc Post Box in the
Student Common Room, BB Building, or to Mrs Helen Tye directly. (Do not hand in reports via supervisors.)


3.1 Dissertation Supervision Form: Monday, Week 10 of the Autumn Semester
It is your responsibility to complete the Dissertation Supervision Form with yours and your proposed
supervisors signatures, to formally register for your Dissertation by the date given above. The Dissertation
Supervision Form will be circulated electronically to you; a copy is also found in the Annex of this Handbook
for your information. Once the dissertation project title has been agreed, students must discuss the project
requirements with their supervisor.

3.2 Project Inception Report (5%): Friday, Week 15 of the Autumn Semester
This document should record the formal agreement between you and your supervisor(s) as to the overall
objectives and outcome of your research proposal, together with the criteria by which your achievement is to be
evaluated. It should also put forward a provisional workplan, which makes clear how you mean to go about
meeting those objectives. All resources that may be required must be identified at this stage; it is your
responsibility to ensure that these will indeed be available to you. This document must be countersigned by you
and your supervisor.
If you intend to work with any outside organisations or individuals, they should be identified here and the nature
of their involvement made clear. It is strongly recommended that a written undertaking be obtained from any
such organisation that they accept the Department’s 'Guidelines for Supervisors'.

3.3 Preparatory Phase Report (10%): Friday, Week 8 of the Spring Semester
This should constitute an outline draft of your research proposal, wherein certain parts may as yet be present
only in skeleton form. It should therefore contain:
a)   a ‘Table of Contents’, which shows your intended overall structure;
b) Introductory chapters;
c)   chapters which describe the significant results or insights obtained during analysis, specification and design,
     a rationale for the decisions you have made, the methods used and so on (as appropriate to the specific
     objectives of your dissertation);
d) a statement as to how you mean to approach testing, user validation and acceptance (again, as specifically
   related to your dissertation).
By this stage you should make a clear distinction between the “academic report”, which is meant to be a well-
structured commentary on your work, and the actual output from the dissertation – i.e. your product. For a
software development dissertation the latter would normally include a user manual and supporting technical
documentation; alternatively, it may take the form of a study and recommendations for delivery to a real
customer. All such material should be set out as a self-standing “Annex” to your dissertation. Dissertation
supervisors may approve whatever format is most suitable. This submission should be accompanied by a short
summary of your workplan for the remaining period.

3.4 Preparatory Phase Presentations (5%): Monday-Friday, Week 10 of the Spring Semester
This short presentation will normally involve you giving a 15-20 minute talk about your research proposal,
including what you have done and what you intend to do. This will be attended by your supervisor and an
internal examiner. You and your supervisor(s) are responsible for arranging the date, time and venue of your
examination. The aim of the presentation is to:
    ensure that you understand what is involved in your research proposal;
    ensure that you are making good progress and are managing your time effectively;
    give you timely feedback and advice on your dissertation and your presentation skills.

3.5 Final Dissertation Report (70%): Friday, Week 11 of the Summer Semester (3 soft bound copies
Your completed submission should be a professionally presented report covering the objectives, methods and
achievements of the dissertation. It should conclude with a critical appraisal of your own work, and reflections
on what you have learnt in the process. The Dissertation - excluding any annex containing the ‘product’ should
normally be between 15,000 and 20,000 words. The University Library keeps copies of past MSc Dissertation
Projects that can be used to judge the normal length and standard of reports.
Your Dissertation will be assessed on both presentation - that is, English structure, grammar, layout and so on -
and on your achievements and argumentation shown in the report. Typically, these might be weighted 20:50. A
couple of weeks after submitting your Dissertation, you will be required to give a presentation on it - see 3.6.
Your Final Dissertation should be submitted in a 'soft-bound' format - three copies are required though you
should keep a fourth copy for yourself. Students with an industrial project should also arrange to give a copy
to their industrial supervisor. If you use hot glue binding or channel binding at AVS, any corrections required
can be incorporated into your Dissertation, without the need to reprint it.

3.6 Final Presentations: Vivas (10%): Monday-Friday, Weeks 12-13 of the Summer Semester
Your Final Presentations will take place during the period 11-22 August 2003, when you will be required to
present your final dissertation to your supervisor(s) and an examiner. Your supervisor will provide advice about
what is expected in this oral examination. You and your supervisor(s) are responsible for arranging the date,
time and venue, which should typically be an hour's slot; including a 15-20 minute presentation by yourself,
which is then followed up with questions from your supervisor and the internal examiner.
During your viva you will be instructed by your supervisor/examiner whether any further corrections will be
required. If either 'minor' or 'specified' corrections are required, you will have 40 days to complete these and
submit a revised copy of your Dissertation to your supervisor. Once the corrections are acceptable to the
examiners, your supervisor must certify to the Postgraduate Administrator in writing that the corrections have
been satisfactorily incorporated. After the Board of Examiners has met, you will be able to formally bind your
Binding is your responsibility, and can be arranged through the Audio Visual Services (AVS) on campus.
Should you have to leave the University before the bound copies of your dissertation are ready, please speak to
the Postgraduate Administrator for an alternative arrangement. One hard bound copy and one softbound copy
of your Dissertation are required by the Department, one of which will be put in the University Library.
In order to graduate at the Higher Degree Ceremony to be held in April 2004, you will need to submit your
bound copies of your Dissertation by the end of September.

If you wish to undertake an Industrial Dissertation; that is a dissertation project provided by an outside
company, and jointly supervised by the company and an academic member of staff, please send an electronic
copy of your CV to Mrs Helen Tye via h.tye@surrey.ac.uk

4.1 Supervisory Arrangements
Supervision is split between the Industrial supervisor and the University supervisor, but the necessary
information relating to the project is supplied by the industrial contact. The Industrial supervisor is responsible
to the student's University supervisor for guiding the student on his/her industrial project and planning the
dissertation project realistically. The University supervisor will be responsible for the overall direction and
development of the Dissertation project. A programme of regular meetings will need to be agreed to maintain
effective oversight of the Dissertation project.

4.2 Assessment
The Dissertation will be examined jointly between the University and the Industrial supervisor. It is important,
therefore, that you maintain contact with both the University supervisor at the start of the dissertation and at
regular intervals during the course of your Dissertation.

4.3 Timescale
As with Academic Dissertations, students would be available from 20 January 2003 to work on their
Dissertations on a part-time basis to meet the deliverables set, and from June onwards after the end of their
examinations, move over to full-time study on the Dissertation.

4.4 Workplace Arrangements
The student may carry out his/her work relating to the Dissertation project at the University, or may be located
at the Industrial company's premises if deemed necessary to carry out the project; or he/she may move between
the two sites. In the latter case some student expenses may be required and these may be sorted out on an ad-
hoc basis.

4.5 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR's)
IPR's are negotiable, and the University is happy to discuss the IPR arrangements.

4.6 Confidentiality Agreements
Such agreements between the university supervisor, internal examiner, student and company would be signed if
deemed necessary. Furthermore, arrangements can be made under which the Dissertation project would not be
placed in the University Library for up to five years after the project if so desired.

Possible Factors Contributing to Overall Assessment:

Intellectual Content      –    difficulty of material, relation to taught material, analytical skills
Approach                  –    method, originality, judgement
Preparation               –    thoroughness, selection of material, design
Implementation            –    quality of engineered product, accuracy
Testing                   –    own aims (verification), customer requirements (validation)
Personal Qualities        –    productivity, motivation, supervision requirements
Documentation             –    adequacy, structure, clarity, style
Presentation              –    preparation, relation to report, suitability for audience

Assessment Guidelines

  90-100%        Reserved for really outstanding work which makes significant contribution to the
                 field. Likely to be worthy of publication.

    70%          Borderline for consideration of distinction. Needs to have demonstrated considerable
                 command of the subject and made a good contribution to knowledge or real progress
                 in carrying out the project.

    50%          Borderline MSc standard. Should have understood project material, made a good
                 review of previous work and a competent attempt at the required task.

    40%          Borderline Diploma level. Shows some understanding and achievement, but not of
                 MSc standard.

It is part of your professional training to become used to preparing carefully for meetings and discussions in
advance, so please practise this in your dealings with your supervisor.
Ensure that you fully understand the obligations on both you and your supervisor by discussing the supervisory
relationship with your supervisor at the earliest opportunity. If there are aspects which you do not fully
understand, talk them through with your supervisor.
Once the dissertation project title has been agreed, students must discuss the project requirements with
their supervisor.
Discuss with him/her the type of guidance and comment you would find most helpful and agree a programme of
study and background reading which best suits your needs in the light of your proposed Dissertation project.
Agree with a schedule of regular meetings, and /or tutorials.
Take the initiative in raising with your supervisor any problems or difficulties which you may encounter. Your
supervisor's time is not limitless and there may be occasions when he or she may simply not be available.
Within reason, however, every effort will be made to meet with you as and when necessary.
Ensure that you attend agreed scheduled meetings on time and maintain the progress of your work in accordance
with the stages agreed between you.


7.1 The Dissertation Coordinator
The Department has a Dissertation Coordinator - Mr Chris Handy, Course Tutor (Room 33AA03; e-mail
c.j.handy@surrey.ac.uk While your Academic Supervisor will allocate you tasks where appropriate and will
examine you, the Dissertation Coordinator will meet with you on a regular basis to monitor your progress, and
will ensure that you have access to available resources. The following is the schedule of meetings with your
Dissertation Coordinator – the Dissertation Coordinator will advise as to the timings of these meetings shortly
before they are due:
    1.   Autumn Semester        Week 10:      One session;
    2.   Spring Semester        Week 3:       One session;
                                Week 10:      One session;
    3.   Summer Vacation        Minimum one session per month.

7.2 English Support provided by the Department
The Department's Course Tutor in Communications and Presentations, Ms Christine West, will be available
during the summer months to assist you with the writing of your Dissertation and with tutorial sessions which
will be run during this period. You will be notified of the English support available nearer the time.

8. Project Failure or Non-Submission of Reports

The normal submission dates for dissertation project reports will be notified to the students via the School
Postgraduate Office.
Reports submitted after the normal submission date will not be considered by that year’s Examiners'
Board, ie you will not obtain your award until the following year.
Consideration will however be given to any matters which may have prevented the student from submitting a
satisfactory dissertation report on time. Only circumstances outside the student's control and which could
not reasonably have been anticipated by the student will qualify for consideration. Last-minute problems
in the production and duplication of reports are considered to be foreseeable and are not acceptable in
For full-time students a delayed submission may well entail the payment of continuation fees as a
continuing student - for most non-EU students a continuing student status will not entitle you to a student
visa and thus you may become subject to deportation.

8.1 Delayed Submission
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the Course Director is notified in writing of any problems in
meeting a deadline before the deadline is reached. Delayed submission without authorisation from the Course
Director may attract penalties.

8.2 Project Deferment
If a student is considered to have good reason for failure to submit a Dissertation, the Board of Examiners may
recommend that the date of submission be deferred for a period not exceeding 12 months. The student will be
required to re-register and pay a continuation fee.

8.3 Re-submission of Report
If a student is considered to have carried out dissertation project work of an unacceptable standard, the Board of
Examiners may decide that the student should be allowed to submit a revised dissertation report by a specified
date for re-examination, subject to payment of a re-examination fee. The Board may take account of its
previous decision and the attendant circumstances when recommending a final award.
If a project report is judged to need only minor amendments and the mark given, taking into account the defects
of the report, is sufficient to justify an award, then the award may be made subject to approval of the revised
report by an examiner designated by the Board.

8.4 Project Failure
If the mark for a dissertation project, taking into account penalties, is less than 40%, or if the dissertation is
grossly inadequate, then the Board of Examiners will normally recommend that the student be regarded as
incapable of achieving the standard required for the award of a Master’s degree, and will award a Postgraduate
Diploma if the student is eligible for this on the basis of taught modules alone.
In exceptional circumstances, when there are grounds to believe that a student may have suffered some
impediment in carrying out the dissertation project, the Board of Examiners may recommend that the student be
allowed time to carry out further project work, to allow an award of a Master’s degree to be obtained. Such a
recommendation may be subject to payment of normal composition fees and, if appropriate, bench fees.



The report – excluding the annex – should be between 15,000 and 20,000 words (absolute
maximum). Front covers will be provided by the MSc Secretary via e-mail. The front page
of each copy must show the copyright holder (eg 2001 Author’s name or 2001 Company
name). Only reports of a confidential nature (refer to your supervisor if you think this applies
to you) must be accompanied by the special (pink) form of Copyright declaration obtainable
from the Postgraduate Office.


The University requirements on format are:

The dissertation shall be typed on A4 size paper. It shall be bound in a form specified in the
Programme Regulations. All pages should be numbered. The title page shall bear the title,
approved in accordance with the Programme Regulations, the student’s name, the Degree for
which the student is registered, and the year in which the dissertation is presented. A
summary of the work, not exceeding three hundred words in length must follow the title
page. Wherever possible, subsidiary papers and other material should be bound in but a
student is at liberty to submit such material separately for consideration by the examiners.
                                                                         Revised May 2001

2.     LAYOUT

Prepare your Dissertation in a single-column, in 1.5 line spaced text, and in left aligned
format. Please use a blank line to denote the end of a paragraph.

2.1    Typefaces

Times New Roman 11 point for body text, figures and tables, equations and formulae.

2.2      Headings

            MAIN HEADINGS (numbered 1, 2, etc): Size 12 pt, typed in capital letters,
             using bold type, flush with the left-hand margin. Allow one line space above. DO
             NOT number individual paragraphs.

            Sub-headings (numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc): Size 12 pt, initial capital letter only, using
             bold type, flush with the left-hand margin. Allow one line space above.

            Table headings: Size 12 pt, initial capital letter only, centred above the table.

2.3      References

References should be complete - their use is to demonstrate your knowledge of, and
reflections about, current thinking and activity in your field of study, and to help subsequent
readers follow up your work. Any material that you use in your dissertation that is taken
from other sources MUST be referenced; in other words ALL your sources MUST be
indicated, including, for example, concepts, ideas, words, information, processes or protocols,
and figures.      Any material copied or used from sources, but not appropriately
referenced, leads you open to a charge of plagiarism, which may result in loss of marks,
at the very least, or even complete rejection of your Dissertation.
Please refer to Appendix 2 on Plagiarism in this Handbook for full details of what this
means. You will be asked to sign a Plagiarism Agreement Form as in Appendix 3, to say
that you have understood this and will comply with it.

     The departmental agreed system for references to published work is the Harvard
      method. The referencing and citation must be consistent throughout the dissertation.
      The author, year and page reference should be included next to the reference, in
      parentheses. If you make reference to two publications by the same author in the same
      year, use lower case letters to denote alternate texts: eg (Mingers 1995b:76).             A
      bibliography in alphabetical order of the author’s surname must be included.

     Shorter quotations of about 20 words should be incorporated in the sentence or body of
      your writing. Longer quotations (30+ words) should be indented once, on the left-hand
      side only, and kept separate from the body text by one line. See Departmental Guidance
      for more detail. A longer document on Harvard referencing is available on the Library
      site. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Library/dilis/Harvard.htm

2.3      Dissertation Examples

The University’s Library keeps copies of past MSc dissertations that can be used to judge the
normal length and standard of reports.

The following are some examples of dissertations to be found in the University Library from students
graduating from the Information Systems and Internet Computing programmes:

Mr     Olawale                  Adeniyi           MSc IS    Open Governance in Nigeria
Mr     Andre                    Agbamu            MSc IS    The Evolution of the Internet in Africa
Miss   Azuan                    Ahmad             MSc IS    Legal information system - a case study in Malaysian law
Mr     Shaikh Parvez            Ahmed             MSc IS    Knowledge discovery: a case study in advanced
Miss   Adebunmi, Elizabeth      Ajala             MSc IS    Knowledge Management in Chemistry and the use of
Mr     Zeeshan Alam             Akhund            MSc IS    Modelling technique for web based solutions
Mr     Oluseyi                  Akinkugbe         MSc IS    Identifying and defining user requirements for
                                                            information systems
Miss   Sevira Antonia           Alevizaki         MSc IS    Load balancing in constrained multi-agent environments
Mr     Arunan                   Balasundaram      MSc IS    Development of a computer hardware fault diagnosis
Miss   Oluremi                  Banjo             MSc IS    Adaptive web pages
Mr     David Spencer            Barton            MSc IS    The indexing and retrieval of computer-based texts -
                                                            virtual corpora
Ms     Georgina                 Bingham           MSc IS    Marking Up Scientific Archives for Digital Access
Miss   Sandhya                  Boodhram          MSc IC    Study and implementation of public key infrastructures
Mr     Richard James            Cardall           MSc IS    Online presence for a charitable organisation
Mr     Ngat                     Chan              MSc IC    An analysis of the threat posed by modern viruses
Mr     Kok                      Chin              MSc IS    Genetic Algorithms: Artificial Poetry
Mr     Tony                     Chiu              MSc IS    Building a computer hardware maintenance expert
                                                            support system
Mr     Mohammad Yasser          Chuttur           MSc IC    French language information extraction system to
                                                            monitor fluctuations in financial markets
Mr     Konstantinos             Daskagiannis      MSc IS    An Exploration of Web Site Design for Educational
Mr     Paul                     Dunn              MSc IS    Creating the Virtual Editor
Miss   Bibi                     Fauzia            MSc IC    The digital library of students reports
Mr     Mohammad                 Ganjbakhsh Fard   MSc IS    Intelligent E-Notes
Mr     Ammaniel                 Habte             MSc IS    Evolution of cryptography in industry/business
Mr     Alexandros               Hatziandreou      MSc IC    A greek language information extraction system to
                                                            monitor fluctuations in the financial markets
Miss   Farhana                  Hazra             MSc IS    Change Management & Language
Mr     Sifei                    He                MSc IC    Java-based display processor for structured data sets
Ms     Chun-Hui                 Ho                MSc IS    Annotation-based video retrieval system
Mr     Thomas                   Ioannou           MSc IC    A system that demonstrates public key encryption
Miss   Saimah                   Iqbal             MSc IS    Urdu language information extraction system to monitor
                                                            changes in financial markets
Mr     Marvin                   Ishmael           MSc IS    The development of a website for the TACT organisation
Mr     Amar                     Jalil             MSc IS    Review of wireless networking technologies
Mr     Panagiotis               Kalaitzoglou      MSc IS    An Agent-based Distributed Database System

Mr     Sohail                   Kalhoro           MSc IS    Search-oriented Web Portal
Mr     Michael                  Kampouris         MSc IS    e-Milk
Mr     Ruan Thomas              Kendall           MSc IC    A dynamic virtual reality art gallery
Mr     Efthymios                Kessissoglou      MSc IS    Using Audio Description for Video Annotation
Mrs    Farah                    Khan              MSc IS    Knowledge Management and Complexity
Mr     Popsook                  Kosaikanont       MSc IS    CASE configuration to capture distributed transaction
Mr     Aslak Valebrokk          Kristoffersen     MSc IS    Automatic generation of a knowledge base to access art

Miss   Su Li           Len              MSc IS Human computer interaction (HCI) issues in a
                                               multimedia interface for an on-line art gallery
Mr     Adrian          Leung            MSc IS Public key infrastructure for access control
Mr     Youxin          Li               MSc IS Automatically generating knowledge for multimedia
Mr     Zacharias       Litinas          MSc IS E-commerce revolution and its impact on the Greek
                                               banking system
Mr     Ji              Liu              MSc IS A comparison of the security of the logon procedures in
                                               Unix and Windows NT/2000/XP
Miss   Yew-Cheng       Loi              MSc IC The use of bayesian networks for automated prediction of
                                               usage context in mobile devices
Mr     Jawad           Malik            MSc IS Strategic Deliverance of 3G Financial Services
Ms     Pensiri         Manomaisupat     MSc IS Web and its competitive advantages for a Thai company
Mrs    Pratima         Mathur           MSc IS A study of key escrow and its implementations by
                                               government and commercial organisations
Mr     Sotiris         Moschoyiannis    MSc IS Group theory and error detecting/correcting codes
Miss   Xiao Yi         Mu               MSc IS An overview of Internet Security
Mr     Sheraz Khan     Niazi            MSc IS Web based public service broadcasting in the United
                                               Kingdom and Pakistan: a comparison
Mr     Usman Masood    Noor             MSc IS Knowledge Management and Semiconductor Industry
Miss   Felicia         Okeke            MSc IS Panning for knowledge: finding precious nuggets in bulk
                                               communications streams
Miss   Gry             Oppedal          MSc IS Comparison of websites in Norway and UK
Mr     Peter           Papagiannellis   MSc IS Requirements management for component-based
                                               software development
Miss   Nicoletta       Pavlou           MSc IS Strategy as Complex Adaptive System Concept
Ms     Rosie           Rayner           MSc IS Is Information Systems Analysis and Design Influenced
                                               by Gender?
Mr     Akira           Saito            MSc IS The knowledge sharing Web-based system for ADHD
Mr     Sagadeven       Sathan           MSc IS Complexity Theory and Management
Mr     Meeran          Shah Syed        MSc IS 'Dynamic Vocabulary' Hyperlinker
Miss   Marguerite      Shepherd         MSc IS Simulation of document processes within government
Mr     Rozbeh          Tajallizadeh     MSc IS Validation of Transfer E-mail through the Internet
Mr     Hayssam         Traboulsi        MSc IC Information extraction and financial prediction for
                                               Aarabic market place
Miss   Wen-Ling        Tseng            MSc IS Multimedia language teaching with animations
Mr     Georgio         Tsiappas         MSc IC Role-based access control on the web
Mr     Aristidis       Vrakas           MSc IC Online flight booking system
Miss   Cindy           Wang             MSc IS Fostering an online presence for a non-profit making
Mr     Kun             Wei              MSc IC An analysis of security features of windows NT 2000 XP
Miss   Zeshu           Wu               MSc IS Chinese language process and identify proper nouns
Mr     Aliyu           Yabani           MSc IS New applications of Broadband Digital Communications
Miss   Xiaofang        Yan              MSc IS Generic model for e-commerce transactions
Mr     Constantinos    Zappas           MSc IC A collaborative framework for agent-based distributed
Mr     Zhengkai        Zhang            MSc IS Requirements information system to support
                                               development of real-time embedded software
Mr     Weigang         Zhang            MSc IS Network security
Miss   Yanning         Zhao             MSc IS Automatic generating annotation for medical images
Ms     Huijie (Jane)   Zi               MSc IC Artificial neural networks for environmental analysis

                              APPENDIX 1: DISSERTATION SUPERVISION FORM

                   MSc in Information Systems/Internet Computing
                                     Dissertation Supervision Form

This form is to be completed by the supervisor and the student, after agreeing on a
dissertation proposal. The second supervisor/internal examiner should be arranged by the
first supervisor. Please return the completed form to the School MSc Postbox (Student
Common Room) or Helen Tye directly.

Preliminary Title of Dissertation:

Name of Student:

Name of Academic Supervisor:

Name of Industrial Supervisor:
(if appropriate)

Name of Internal Examiner:


Signature (student): ……………………………………                                  Date: ……….…………………

Signature (supervisor): …………………………………..                              Date: …………….…...……….

Signature (supervisor): …………………………………..                              Date: …………….…...……….
INDUSTRIAL - if appropriate

                                        APPENDIX 2: PLAGIARISM

An aim of our course is to educate and advise our students at many levels. Technical aspects of the course are
most obvious but we also hope to instruct students in the accepted social and ethical standards of a professional
engineer. We formally assess students via examinations and coursework. The coursework is intended to help
students learn as well as to assess their achievements. With the growth of readily available electronic media and
the WWW, we are very concerned when students either copy the work of others or do not acknowledge the
contribution of others. This is a form of cheating which both distorts our assessments but also means that the
student does not learn and understand the work. In this short document we define what constitutes academic
misconduct, state our policy on punishing it and offer some advice on acceptable working practices.

Students should note that certain forms of unethical behaviour are defined by the University’s regulations as
“academic misconduct”. The relevant section of the University’s Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations
and Other Forms of Assessment reads as follows:

         It will be regarded as academic misconduct for any candidate to commit an act whereby he or she seeks
         to obtain for him- or herself, or for another candidate, an unfair advantage. Academic misconduct shall
         be taken to include:

         i)   impersonation of another candidate or knowingly allowing another candidate to impersonate
         ii) copying or communicating with another candidate in a formal, timed examination;
         iii) introducing into an examination room any manuscript or printed material not specifically
              permitted, any unauthorised calculator or other improper aid or source of information;
         iv) plagiarism1 or otherwise misrepresentation of his or her participation in and responsibility for any
             material submitted for assessment as part of a prescribed assessment;
         v) fabrication of the results of work which he or she claims to have undertaken (for example,
            experiments, interviews, observations or other forms of research and investigation) which he or
            she has not carried out or of results which he or she has not obtained.
               . Plagiarism is defined as “taking and using another person’s thoughts, writings or inventions as
             one’s own” (Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1964).

It is the policy within the School that where any student is found to have committed “academic misconduct” in
any piece of examined or assessed work, a Fail mark of 0% will always be awarded for that piece of work.
Repeat offences may be punished by failing a student in all modules assessed during the relevant semester.

Plagiarism. While most of the forms of academic misconduct defined above are self-explanatory, some students
may be less familiar with the notion of “plagiarism”. One dictionary definition is offered in a footnote to the
regulations themselves. Other dictionary definitions include:

             “to take and use as one’s own the thoughts, writings or inventions or another”
              (Oxford English Dictionary, CD-ROM 1994)
             “to appropriate and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own”;
             “to commit literary theft”;
             “present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source”
               (Longman’s Dictionary of the English Language, Harlow: Longman 1984)

In simple terms, therefore, plagiarism involves knowingly making use of someone else’s work without
acknowledgement, and representing it as your own. It is worth noting several points:

        It does not matter whether or not the work or idea has been published. For instance, using a passage
         from another student’s essay without acknowledgement would be plagiarism. So would using a passage
         from a published article or book, or from an internet site, or from the study guide for the course.
        Plagiarism takes place when you give the impression that someone else’s work is your own, even if the
         other person has permitted you to do so. For instance, even if a friend allows you to use a passage from
         their essay, you are plagiarising if you do not acknowledge their work.

        The words and ideas in any piece of writing are the property of the author. Plagiarism may therefore
         also involve specific civil offences, such as breach of copyright.

Avoiding Plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offence: how can you avoid it? After all, every piece of writing
involves using the ideas of other people. The academic enterprise involves precisely building on, criticising, and
evaluating, the work of other people. In many cases, you have to explain what they have said. How can you do
this without plagiarising? There are two key rules to follow to avoid plagiarism:
         1. Always acknowledge your sources       2. Avoid direct (word-for-word) copying

Acknowledge your Sources. It is vital always to acknowledge where an idea, or argument, which you use
originates. There are no exceptions. Occasionally, you may find yourself in situations which seem to demand an
exception. What should you do, for instance, if you wish to draw on writing or material which has been given to
you in confidence? Situations like this are, in fact, quite common. The key is to acknowledge the fact that you
are using confidential material. It may still be necessary to ensure that the precise origins remain confidential,
but you should never give the impression that the work is your own.

Avoiding Copying. As a general rule, direct quotation should be kept to a minimum in academic writing. But
there are a few exceptions. Sometimes you may want to use a quotation as the starting point for your own
counter-argument. In this situation, direct copying is acceptable. But in all direct copying it should always be
very clear that what is copied is being quoted. It is never permissable to use someone else’s words without
stating that the words are quotations, and you should always acknowledge where they come from.

By and large, it is preferable to explain (or “paraphrase”) other people’s arguments in your own words. But
remember, even here you must show that you are explaining someone else’s argument. If you do not
acknowledge the origin and author of an argument you wish to paraphrase, you are plagiarising.

There are several highly acceptable styles of acknowledging your sources in academic writing. You should
adopt one, and follow it consistently through any piece of work. A practical approach is to adopt the style of one
of the main journals in your field.

                          APPENDIX 3: PLAGIARISM AGREEMENT FORM
An aim of our course is to educate and advise our students at many levels. Technical aspects of the course are
most obvious, but we also hope to instruct students in the accepted social and ethical standards of an IT
professional. We formally assess students via examinations and coursework. The coursework is intended to help
students learn as well as to assess their achievements. With the growth of readily available electronic media and
the WWW, we are very concerned when students either copy the work of others or do not acknowledge the
contribution of others. This is a form of cheating which both distorts our assessments, but also means that the
student does not learn and understand the work.

In simple terms, plagiarism involves knowingly making use of someone else's work without acknowledgement,
and representing it as you own. It is a policy within the School that where any student is found to have
committed plagiarism in any piece of examined or assessed work, a Fail mark of 0% will always be awarded for
that piece of work.

I have read and understand the above, and confirm my submitted project report is all my own work.


Dissertation Title:




The Title of your MSc Dissertation

                    A N Author

            Submitted for the Degree of
 Master of Science in Information Systems/Internet
            Computing (delete as appropriate)
                      from the
               University of Surrey

           Department of Computing
   School of Electronics and Physical Sciences
              University of Surrey
       Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK

                  September 2003

            Supervised by: A N Supervisor

               A N Author 2003


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