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CM50175: Research project preparation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CM50109 and After taking this module you must take CM50170
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To acquire the skills to undertake a research project in fundamental or applied computer science.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit a student should be able to:
* critically analyse and review previous work in a chosen subject area;
* undertake and document a detailed literature review in a chosen area of computer science research;
* demonstrate a thorough understanding of the technical, theoretical and practical issues of previous and current work in a chosen subject area;
* prepare a detailed project proposal;
* understand the principles of structuring a dissertation.

Undertaking a primary research literature search (T, F, A); assessing the relevance of research publications (T, A); judging the quality of secondary research resources, such as web resources (T, A); critical analysis of research papers (T, F, A); writing a review of a research area (T, A); preparing a research proposal (T, A).

What is a dissertation. The requirements of research. A thesis and its evidence (with examples). Finding and critically evaluating research information, including reading research papers and citing literature (with examples). Choosing a project area. Writing for scientific reports, papers and dissertation. Brief introduction to experimental method and statistical validation.
Research topic seminars from a wide variety of active researchers. Assessed seminars on key topics: How to read papers; Thesis statements; Literature reviews.
Having identified the area of work and been assigned a project advisor, the student will undertake a conceptual review, a literature search, and a critical analysis of previous work. In consultation with the project advisor the student will write a comprehensive research review and proposal for a subsequent research project. Proposal is evaluated for structure, presentation, appropriateness and understanding of review, appropriateness and structure of research programme.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CM50175 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.