CMT221: Topics, Research and Skills in Computing

School Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics
Department Code COMSC
Module Code CMT221
External Subject Code 100366
Number of Credits 10
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Martin Chorley
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2022/3

Outline Description of Module

This module aims to prepare you for your dissertation project. It enables you to develop comprehensive understanding of approaches, methods, tools and techniques necessary for efficient and effective research in Computer Science and related areas, and in particular, by introducing you to research groups of the School, and topics and research in Computing. The module provides an opportunity to develop confidence and independence in researching a given or chosen topic, and to master skills and competences in critical thinking and reflection on learning.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  • Discuss the purpose, goals and process of academic research
  • Appreciate and compare a variety of research approaches, methods, tools and techniques, and choose appropriate methodology relevant to the research issue or topic
  • Demonstrate the process of evaluating and synthesising prior knowledge through carrying out a literature review on a topic related to Computing
  • Reflect upon their strengths and skills acquired or enhanced to date
  • Create a project pitch and design a project plan

How the module will be delivered

Modules will be delivered through blended learning. You will be guided through learning activities appropriate to your module, which may include: • on-line resources that you work through at your own pace (e.g. videos, web resources, e-books, quizzes), • on-line interactive sessions to work with other students and staff (e.g. discussions, live streaming of presentations, live-coding, team meetings) • face to face small group sessions (e.g. help classes, feedback sessions)

Skills that will be practised and developed

Critical awareness of current research trends

Effective and efficient academic and professional peer-reviewed literature search, including restricting searches, identifying, locating, retrieving and storing documents

Critical thinking in selecting and synthesis of literature relevant to the chosen or given topic

Ability to cite and attribute credit correctly and acceptably

Critically reflect on learning and performance on completion of research activities

Project management and organisation

How the module will be assessed

A blend of assessment types which may include coursework and portfolio assessments, class tests, and/or formal examinations.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Written Assessment 100 Dissertation Project Proposal And Initial Literature Review N/A

Syllabus content

  • Purpose, goals and process of academic research
  • Contemporary Computer Science research
  • Project proposal
  • Project management and organisation
  • Research strategies, data generation methods and data analysis
  • Literature review: strategies and methods for effective literature search, retrieval and storage
  • Process and principles of critical appraisal, construction of argument
  • Research ethics
  • Reflection

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