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CS4040: RESEARCH METHODS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

In this course, you will conduct an individual research project into the behaviour of a computing system. You will develop knowledge and understanding of rigorous methods to: explore computing system behaviour; identify questions about behaviour; design experiments to answer those questions; analyse experimental results; and report on the outcomes of your research. You will develop your understanding of research ethics and how this relates to professional behaviour.

 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Georgios Leontidis

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

In all the topics covered the emphasis will be on understanding the diversity of issues in and approaches to computing research, and umbuing the ability to select and utilise the appropriate tools for your research.

  • Introduction of Computing Research
  • Research ethics and professional behaviour
  • Identifying research questions and hypotheses - comparative analysis
  • Statistical methods
  • Experimental design methods
  • Approaches to analysis and drawing valid conclusions
  • Reviewing Research papers
  • Writing Research Reports

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 9 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Response paper 10%

Project Plan / Proposal 10%

Peer review 10%

Research Project 70%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Where a student fails the course overall they will be afforded the opportunity to resit those parts of the course that they failed (pass marks will be carried forward).

 

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateStudents will be able to relate research to ethics and professional behaviour.

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