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COMP9021 - Computing Research Project

Title:Computing Research Project
Long Title:Computing Research Project
Module Code:COMP9021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 30
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Sean McSweeney
Module Author: Sean McSweeney
Module Description: In this module the learner is expected to undertake independent study. As part of this self-directed learning the student will employ various research methods and will propose a research question that will be addressed as part of a research based project relevant to their field or domain or expertise. The student will be expected to disseminate the research work and research outcomes through an oral presentation, poster presentation and submission of a thesis.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Plan and implement self directed learning to further knowledge and understanding of an unfamiliar and/or ill defined problem.
LO2 Select and implement appropriate research methods and techniques with the aim of indentifying a research question in a specific domain.
LO3 Establish a contribution to the development of knowledge in the specific discipline.
LO4 Apply appropriate written and oral communication skills and synthesise the research work in the form of presentation, abstracts, executive summaries, technical papers and a dissertation.
LO5 Prepare a thesis that details and evaluates the work undertaken and justifies the conclusions reached.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Supervised self directed learning that addresses the learning outcomes, draws on the overall curriculum content and critically evaluates a specific research problem.
Research Methods
Searching for information. Research methods. The nature of research. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methodologies. Literature searches: Sources (magazines, journals, Web, impact rating, quality of source). Online databases (INSPEC, Compendex, IEEE, CiteSeer, ACM Portal), Searching the Web, Systematic searching, Management of information found, Referencing.
Research Question
The learner is required to identify their research question through identifying, applying and critically interpreting appropriate, rigorous and employing advanced research methods and techniques.
Oral and poster presentation
Disseminate the research work and outcomes and communicate effectively, through oral and poster presentations. This will include an in-depth question and answer session.
Present a thesis which communicates and disseminates the research work undertaken and the research outcomes developed. The thesis should include the analysis undertaken, results of the work and how this work contributes to furthering knowledge in the specific field of research. The learner must demonstrate a deep and fundamental understanding of the specific research problem addressed.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Submit a report summarising the work undertaken (attendance at interview may be required). 1,2 10.0 Week 4
Presentation Oral and poster presentation on the research project. 1,4 20.0 Sem End
Written Report Dissertation submission outling the topic, research question and methodology, project and plan. 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Review of Progress 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Project work and independent learning 41.0 Every Week 41.00
Total Hours 42.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 42.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Review of Progress 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Project work and independent learning 41.0 Every Week 41.00
Total Hours 42.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 42.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Judith Bell 2018, Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers, 7th Ed., Amacom [ISBN: 033524338X]
  • Martyn Denscombe 2017, The Good Research Guide, 6th Ed., Open University Press [ISBN: 0335226868]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Robert K. Yin (Editor) 2018, Case Study Research and Applications: Design and Methods, 6th Ed., Sage Publications [ISBN: 1506336167]
  • Kate L. Turabian 2018, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., University of Chicago Press [ISBN: 022643057X]
  • Levin, P. 2011, Excellent Dissertations, Student Friendly Guides, Open University Press [ISBN: 0335238610]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Halpern, J. W. 1998, Getting in deep: Using qualitative research in business and technical communication, 2(2)
  • Rude, C. D. Mapping the Research Questions in Technical Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Jan 2009
  • HÃ¥kansson, Anne 2013, Portal of research methods and methodologies for research projects and degree projects, The 2013 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing WORLDCOMP 2013
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Travis, Tiffini A 2017, From the classroom to the boardroom: The impact of information literacy instruction on workplace research skills, Education Libraries, 34(2)
Other Resources

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