Research Methods module (AC52012)

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Module code


Semester: 2

About the Module

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding and knowledge of research methods, relevant in the context of computing. You will learn about:

  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Empirical research methods
  • Project preparation
  • Research ethics
  • Research dissemination

Credit Rating

There are 20 SCQF points available on this module.

Module Timetable

Week Subject
1 Introduction
2 Hypothesis Testing
3 Samples
4 Standard Deviation
5 Literature Search
6 Qualitative Data Collection
7 Qualitative Data Analysis
8 Good Practice in Computer Science
9 What is Scientific Research?
10 Revision
11 Independent Study
12 -

Assessment and Coursework

Coursework counts for 40% of the final module mark.
The final degree exam counts for 60% of the final module mark.


Marking criteria are provided on My Dundee for all assignment so that you know what we are looking for when we are marking your coursework. Please ensure that you refer to these when completing assignments.

Title Week Given Week Due Value (%)
Statistics assessment 2 5 15
Critical reading and discussion 1 6-9 (4 assessed reading seminars) 25

Resource List

All course material will be available on My Dundee. This includes copies of lecture materials, practical exercises, and assignments. The reading list for this module can be accessed from My Dundee, and provides recommended materials for completing the module.


This module is available on following courses: