School of Computer Science

Module 06-06991 (2013)

Research Skills

Level 4/M

Peter Hancox Semester 1 10 credits
Co-ordinator: Peter Hancox
Reviewer: Iain Styles

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


The material covered falls into two areas. Information skills: retrieving and recording bibliographic information from manual and computerised sources. Transferable skills: intellectual property rights; time management; report writing; oral presentation.


The aims of this module are to:

provide the student with the basis of transferable knowledge and skills necessary for a successful research-oriented career in industry or academia, with a particular orientation to computing-based disciplines

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

1 understand modes of communication in the computing sciences
2 appreciate the structure of the literature of the computing sciences in general and a chosen research field in particular
3 methodically search the literature to investigate a research topic
4 make effective presentations both orally and in writing

Teaching methods

2 hrs/week seminars, tutorials

Contact Hours: 22


Sessional: Continuous assessment (100%)

Supplementary (where allowed): Repeat only.

The normal continuous assessment is based on up to three practical tasks, including at least one oral presentation and one written report.

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Key skills

* document preparation in Latex; * recording bibliographic information. 2. Scholarly communication * scholarly communication in science; * time delays in publications. 3. Information skills * retrieving bibliographic information from manual sources; * retrieving bibliographic information from computerised sources. 4. Transferable skills * intellectual property rights; * time management; * report writing; *oral presentation.

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