CS5052 - Data-Intensive Systems

Academic year

2022 to 2023 (Semester 2)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 11

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable

To be arranged.

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

TBC Module coordinator(s): Director of Postgraduate Teaching - Computer Science (dopgt-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

CS5052 is an advanced research-focused module, which presents the programming paradigms, algorithmic techniques, and design principles for large-scale distributed systems, such as those utilised by companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. It has a strong systems research flavour, which includes areas such as operating systems, databases, distributed systems, and networking. This module is usually delivered in a seminar format requiring active participation and contributions from students.

Relationship to other modules


Undergraduate students must have passed CS2002 and (CS2001 or CS2101). Postgraduate students must pass CS5001 before taking this module

Assessment pattern

3-hour Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%


3-hour Examination = 40%, Existing Coursework = 60%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2 lectures (x 11 weeks), 1 tutorial (x 5 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.