Information Analysis and Reporting module (CS41002)

Learn how to conduct research in the field of computing.

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As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, it is important for computer scientists to understand how these aspects fit together. Through research, we can explore the effects and consequences of technology at the centre of society, discover new and innovative solutions, and find ways to make our technology more efficient.

Information gathering and analysis provides you with a framework to design and execute experiments, collect and analyse data, and draw conclusions. These skills are essential whether you want to pursue a career in academia, industry, or research. In addition, studying research methods allows you to develop your critical thinking skills and teaches you to work with existing research papers, which are valuable skills in in any field.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • explore both quantitative and qualitative methods of research
  • study empirical research methods
  • learn how to prepare a research project
  • look at ethical considerations in research
  • explore ways to publish and disseminate research results
  • conduct your own research experiment applying the methods learned

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • compare and contrast different scientific research methods
  • design and conduct reliable and valid research
  • implement statistical methods to analyse data
  • identify, read, analyse, and reference reliable research literature
  • evaluate the legal, social, ethical, and professional responsibilities of performing research in science
  • describe methods to disseminate research results

Assignments / assessment

  • research experiment setup (30%)
  • research experiment data gathering (20%)
  • research experiment analysis and writeup (50%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

You will learn by taking a hands-on approach. This will involve taking part in tutorials and practical sessions.

Learning material is provided through videos, review notes, examples, and tutorial questions.


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