Research Methods In Computer Science


1. To provide a deep and systematic understanding of the nature and conduct of CS research. 2. To enhance existing transferable key skills. 3. To develop high order transferable key skills. 4. To equip students with the ability to undertake independent research. 5. To remind students of the Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional (LSEP) issues applicable to the computer industry.


1. Introduction and overview of the module. 2. The nature of CS research; what is research? 3. Literature searches, information gathering 4. Reading and understanding research papers. 5. Technical writing, referencing, bibliographies. 6. Presentation skills, written and oral. 7. Choosing or proposing a project. 8. Project planning, tools and techniques for planning. 9. Project conduct, time management, risk management, team working. 10. Commercial and economic considerations in IT research and IT industry. 11. Review of legal, ethical, social and professional (LSEP) issues including data protection and standards.

Recommended Texts

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Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Have an understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to extend, create and interpret knowledge in Computer Science.

(LO2) Have a conceptual understanding sufficient to:(i) evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Computer Science and (ii) propose possible alternative directions for further work.

(LO3) Be able to: (i) deal with complex issues at the forefront of the academic discipline of Computer Science in a manner, based on sound judgements, that is both systematic and creative, (ii) demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems within the domain of Computer Science, (iii) act autonomously in planning and implementing solutions in a professional manner and (iv) define, plan, and/or carry out a project related to research and to communicate conclusions clearly to both specialists and non-specialists.

(LO4) Make use of the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:(i) the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, (ii) decision making in complex and unpredictable situations, (iii) scientific risk identification, assessment and control, and (iv) the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

(LO5) Understand and participate within the professional, legal, social and ethical framework within which they would be expected to operate as professionals within the IT industry.

(LO6) Have the skills set to be able to continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level, with respect to continuing professional development as a "self-directed life-long learner" across the discipline of Computer Science.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Time and project management - Project planning

(S5) Research skills - Ethical awareness

Learning Strategy

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Attendance Recorded: No