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Module Code: CSE402
Module Title: Research Methods
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Computer Science and Software Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to provide guidance and training in the skills required for computing related research. It is also an opportunity for students to carry out a guided but independent work on an important computing problem by making appropriate use of the skills and methodologies learnt elsewhere in the programme.
Learning outcomes 
A. Critically evaluate scholarly work including their own work in terms of its contribution to the field of computer science;

B. Conduct and critically analyse experimental work in computer science;

C. Demonstrate a critical awareness of legal, ethical, social and professional issues in computer science;

D. Demonstrate effectively the skills to structure, write and deliver formal presentations such as technical and research reports, adhering to relevant codes of practice.

Method of teaching and learning 
In this module we wish to foster independent learning, within a framework that includes a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and labs.

Formal lectures and tutorials: In order to convey the concepts and methods covered in this module, students will be expected to attend two to three hours of formal lectures or seminars in a typical week during Semester 1.

Seminars: These are intended to allow students to familiarise themselves with current research and allow them to report their analyses of these. In addition, some seminars will be based around guest lecturers from specialists on a CS topic.

Tutorials: These are intended to support students to complete assignments

Computer labs: These are intended to allow students to undertake practical exercises with the possibility of immediate feedback.

Private study: In a typical week students will be expected to devote 10 hours of unsupervised time to private study. The time allowed per week for private study will typically include 3 hours for reflection and consideration of lecture material and background reading and 7 hours for completion of the assessment tasks.

The taught component of this module will cover the following topics:

• The Research Process – how a research or technical project should be conducted (2 lectures).

• Reading and Reviewing – critical reading and the review process (4 Lectures).

• Presenting - how to prepare and deliver research to a range of audiences through the use of tools such as poster presentation or a software demonstration (4 Lectures).

• Experimental methods – experiment design, data analysis and statistical analysis (8 Lectures).

• Writing – how to write a technical or research paper. The structure of a paper. Writing the first draft. Editing and polishing. English style. Choice of publication venue. (4 Lectures).

• Review of legal, ethical, social and professional issues including data protection and standards (2 Lectures).

• Introduction to Commercial Issues in IT research & industry (2 Lectures).
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   7  5  13    99  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Assessment Task 15.00
2 Assessment Task 30.00
3 Assessment Task 55.00

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