School of Computer Science

Module 06-15506 (2013)

Individual Study 1

Level 3/H

Nicholas Hawes Semester 2 10 credits
Co-ordinator: Nicholas Hawes
Reviewer: Ata Kaban

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


This module exists to allow particularly strong students to study, at their own initiative, material that is outside what can be found in other modules that are available in the School of Computer Science. Learning is by self-managed study under the direction of a supervisor (a member of the academic staff of the School). The topic for a particular student is by negotiation between the student and supervisor early in the semester.


The aims of this module are to:

  • offer a module where students can study a specific topic from any area of Computer Science to a point where current research issues can be understood
  • provide an opportunity to develop topics which were only touched upon in other modules
  • lead to an appreciation of the methods of original research, and inculcate an interest in pursuing postgraduate education
  • encourage a critical evaluation of original publications in the light of practical experience and subsequent developments
  • improve students' communication and presentation skills
  • improve students' abilities to set their own goals and pursue them according to their own timetable

Learning Outcomes

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

1 demonstrate detailed understanding of a topic in Computer Science

2 solve problems or engage in critical analysis of problems or issues related to a topic in Computer Science

3 give a presentation on a topic in Computer Science appropriate to an academic audience

4 write a report on a topic in Computer Science in the appropriate style for an academic audience

Teaching methods

Independent study, tutorials

Contact Hours: Approximately 6 hrs


Sessional: continuous assessment (100%).

Supplementary (where allowed): Repeat only.

The continuous assessment consists of 40% presentation, 60% report.

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