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CM50175: Research project preparation

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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;
* have a feasible project proposal for the Summer dissertation;
* understand the principles of structuring a dissertation.

Skills: 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).

Content: Skills needed for writing for scientific reports, papers and dissertation. 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 research review and proposal for a subsequent research project.

Programme availability:

CM50175 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science


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