CSC8623 : Research Skills

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To prepare for working on group and individual research projects.
To read and interpret the professional and research literature.
To understand and gain experience in the process of writing research papers.
To understand and gain experience in the process of how to give research presentations.
To understand the ethical and legal implications of working within the area of Big Data.
To prepare for working with the media.

Outline Of Syllabus

The research publication landscape: technical reports, conference proceedings, journals of record.

The research publication process, including the role of peer review and ethics.

Reading and interpreting research literature: identifying information needs, locating and accessing information, critical evaluation.

The ethical and legal implications of working within the area of Big Data.

Writing research papers: writing styles, standards in the discipline regarding use and citation of sources, presentation of claims with supporting arguments, comparing and evaluating sources.

Preparing and delivering technical presentations.

Writing for the media.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion302:0060:00Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00Intro, Paper Reading, Paper Writing, Presentation skills, Writing for the Media, Ethical Issues
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Student presentations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study241:0024:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce each major topic, and demonstrate the key concepts, with examples. Students will expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

Student presentation sessions will afford students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical setting.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by coursework.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2M50Paper on topic chosen in collaboration with module leader (max 1,500 words)
Written exercise2M25Media piece on topic chosen in collaboration with module leader (max 1,000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Oral Presentation to peers and module leader on chosen research topic
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed coursework provides an opportunity for the students to demonstrate the skills they have gained from the taught parts of the module, and their own research. This is made up of an oral presentation, a media report and technical paper.

Reading Lists