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CSC3031 : Research Methods, Tools and Techniques (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Collison
  • Lecturer: Dr Nigel Thomas
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To give experience of reading and interpreting the professional and research literature.
•       To provide an insight into current and future developments in computer systems
•       To apply research skills
•       To apply project management skills
•       To critically analyse literature in computing science
•       To engage with research disciplines
•       To carry out research

Research methods are a central part of computer science. The aim of this module is to develop the ability to explore research question in computing. This module applies the principles of research, experimental design and project management in computing project work.

Outline Of Syllabus

Research project planning: technical reports, conference proceedings, journals of record, texts, identifying information need, locating and accessing information.
The role of peer review in system development and in research.
Presentation of claims with supporting arguments: comparing and evaluating sources, critical evaluation of published material.
Dissertation/report writing: identifying the readership, standards in the discipline regarding use and citation of sources, writing styles.
Ethical issues involved in the academic and professional research work.
Individual research paper based study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion221:0022:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion61:006:00Coursework 3
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion421:0042:00Coursework 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Coursework 1
Guided Independent StudyProject work701:0070:00Undertaking project practical implementation and evaluation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Supervisor guidance
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is block taught and, while practical based (ie it involves creating an asset), there is contact time provided through scheduled lectures on research topics, and practical sessions. The module is flexible so that students can choose a research project of interest to their research area, intended career sector, or societal engagement. Projects may be developed as part of a team or individually. Project supervision is also provided by a teacher related to the area of project application.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Oral presentation 500 words
Design/Creative proj2M70Project artefact equivalent of 4000 words
Report2M20Literature survey 2000 words
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics from- must be completed
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The minor project is an opportunity for the student to complete research and demonstrate their ability to identify the research questions in computer science and carry out research in that area. This assessment will test the students technical writing and ability to communicate research findings.

Reading Lists