School of Computer Science

Module 06-06991 (2019)

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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