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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS7039
Module NameRESEARCH METHODS (MSC / PHD BY RESEARCH)
Module Short Title
ECTS5
Semester TaughtMichaelmas term
Contact Hours
Module PersonnelKhurshid Ahmad
Brendan Tangney
Learning Outcomes

When students have successfully completed this module they should have a deeper awareness of research methodologies in general and those applicable to Ph.D. research in CS & Statistics in particular.  They should have improved and developed their written and oral communication skills

Learning Aims

When students have successfully completed this module they should have a deeper awareness of research methodologies in general and those applicable to Ph.D. research in CS & Statistics in particular.  They should have improved and developed their written and oral communication skills.

Module Content

Scientific communities of practice; Ph.D. examination criteria;  ACM taxonomy of research skills; Productivity tools for research; the scientific method; formulating a research question; creating a publishing plan and how to get published; quantitative research; qualitative research; data collection techniques; triangulation; ethics; academic writing; presenting your research; introduction to the philosophy of science.

Recommended Reading List

Creswell, J. (2009). Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, Sage.
Holz H.J., et al., Research methods in computing: what are they, and how should we teach them?, in Annual Joint Conference Integrating Technology into Computer Science Education. 2006, ACM: Bologna, Italy. p. 96-114.
Phillips, E. M. and D. S. Pugh. (2005). How to get a PhD : a handbook for students and their supervisors. Open University Press.
Single, P. B., & Reis, R. M. (2009). Demystifying dissertation writing: A streamlined process from choice of topic to final text: Stylus Pub Llc.
Strunk W. Jr., The elements of style. 3rd ed. 1979, London: Collier Macmillan.

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

% Exam: 0
% Coursework: 100
In class group presentations. Each individual to prepare an academic paper and deliver a “conference” presentation on a topic related to their research area.

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Academic Year of Data2014/15