CSMRS16-Research Studies

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: SEMRS14 Research Studies
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Gary Hawkins

Email: g.j.hawkins@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module covers the fundamentals for understanding and developing methods to conduct effective research. 


The aim of the module is to provide training in the use of available research literature, in critically evaluating a relevant research topic, and in developing and successfully proposing a novel research agenda.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Ability to decide on a topic of research, and to formulate a critical approach to it. Ability to search for relevant literature from a wide range of sources, and to select appropriate key literature. Ability to assess and produce good scientific writing, according to a specified set of requirements, and to evaluate the quality of presentations and proposals. Ability to critically assess the methods, results and conclusions reported by other researchers. Ability to evaluate and manage commercial project risks.  Knowledge and understanding acquired of the researched topic. Ability to present orally to a group in a professional manner.

Additional outcomes:
Written and oral presentations skills.

Outline content:

This module provides experience in the use of literature search facilities, in the selection of research topics and material, in judging quality of research and the use of English in scientific writing (as a “peer reviewer”), in the presentation of a piece of work according to a given set of requirements (as a “scientific author”), as well as in pitching a research project to a critical audience. Writing an extended application for funding (as a “grant applicant”) together with assessment of project risks and risk management (as a “risk register”). Detailed knowledge about a chosen research topic will also result.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will work individually or in small groups on a topic chosen in conjunction with the module convenor. Lectures will be given to provide relevant information to the whole class. The format will be led with an emphasis on professionally evaluating their work through written reports and oral presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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