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CSC3096 : Vacation Research Project for Computer Science

Semester 3 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to offer students experience of undertaking research in a chosen subject.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is normally undertaken during the summer vacation over a period of 5-12 weeks, under the supervision of a member of University staff. Students wishing to undertake the module must identify a project and a supervisor who will provide guidance on the appropriate research methodologies. In addition to gaining a detailed knowledge and understanding of their chosen research topic students will acquire through undertaking this module first-hand experience of research methodologies relevant to their subject of study. The module will also support the development of a range of professional skills. These include the skills of planning, goal-setting and time-management and, depending upon the nature of the project, independent working, team-working and interpersonal skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0016:00Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0016:00Poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1561:00156:00Research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00The extent of the supervision will vary according to the nature of the project.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Outcomes are largely achieved through experiential learning. Supervision meetings will support the student in designing appropriate research questions, encourage the student to reflect on how their research is progressing and whether the approaches/techniques need to be adapted. The supervisor will also provide formative feedback to support the student in producing a poster of their work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report3A50Short report (1,000 words)
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics Form
Design/Creative projMDemonstration of software or presentation of research findings
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both elements of the assessment must be satisfactory in order for a student to pass the module. The poster will demonstrate the student's knowledge and understanding of the research processes they have used and their ability to present their findings to others. The report will assess the professional skills shown by the student in undertaking the project. Students may only complete the module once. No resits are permitted for the module as the research projects cannot be repeated. Extra credits are solely supernumerary and not transferable with credits from a degree at Newcastle University.

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