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|
• 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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||1:00||22:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||6||1:00||6:00||Coursework 3|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||42||1:00||42:00||Coursework 2|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||1:00||12:00||Coursework 1|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||70||1:00||70:00||Undertaking project practical implementation and evaluation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||10||1:00||10:00||Supervisor guidance|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||Background 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Oral presentation 500 words|
|Design/Creative proj||2||M||70||Project artefact equivalent of 4000 words|
|Report||2||M||20||Literature survey 2000 words|
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
|Prof skill assessmnt||M||Ethics 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.