Module Title:   Research Methods and Skills

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0436D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof RE Sheriff

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

1. To equip the student with state-of-the-art, up-to-date information that could form the basis for future research and development programmes.
2. To expose the student to the stages involved in making a detailed proposal for a research project and the research, preparation and presentation of a research paper.
3. Enable students to gain and enhance the mathsCAD and programming skills required for an MSc Project

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The Research Seminar part of this module will comprise a series of regular, hour-long seminars, presented by invited leading experts from industry and academia, with the aims of broadening understanding outside of the normal realms of study and to highlight good practice.
The ability to work cooperatively with others to achieve a common goal, perform research into a chosen topic and to assimilate and articulate the results will be assessed through the organisation of a group workshop on a research area of current interest at which each group member will present an individual paper covering a different aspect of the research area. Individual abstracts will be prepared for formative feedback.
The Research Skills part of the module will comprise a series of workshops and practical sessions covering different aspects of research skills including: intellectual property and plagiarism, ethics, health and safety and sustainability, library sessions, citation and referencing, writing clear aims and objectives, project planning; use of MATLAB as a numerical and symbolic tool and as a programming language. This will be assessed through presentation of a portfolio of personal development evidence.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   152.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   24.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the latest state-of-the-art concepts in your chosen topic of study;
1.2 Demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Produce a technical, research-oriented paper based on knowledge gained through the seminar series and through research into the subject.
2.2 Give a technical presentation based on the technical achievements
2.3 Understand the processes and requirements of developing a project plan, and be able to evaluate the potential ethical, sustainability and safety issues that could arise from a project
2.4 Critically appraise an engineering problem, model the problem in an advanced programming language such as MATLABĀ® and be able to interpret and validate the results.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Assimilate and interpret information;
3.2 Present and communicate information to an informed audience in written and oral formats;
3.3 Use IT word processing and presentation tools.
3.4 Organise and present a portfolio of personal development evidence
3.5 Demonstrate an independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

  Coursework   50%
  3000 word eqiv academic paper
  Coursework   50%
  Portfolio of evidence of research skills

Outline Syllabus:
1. The seminar series will provide state-of-the-art presentations that go beyond what is normally delivered in taught modules.2. The workshop event will provide the opportunity to produce an academic paper in a relevant subject and to present the results in a workshop environment. Here, the emphasis shall be on demonstrating an understanding of the processes involved in preparing and subsequently presenting a technical paper. This will involve research using library and web facilities.
2. The portfolio of evidence of personal development of research skills will be developed through a series of seminars on research skills and practical sessions developing MATLAB programming skills, using worksheets and programming challenges.

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