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Postgraduate Course: Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11071)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this module is to develop generic research skills that can be deployed in academic or commercial environments. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop interesting concepts and hypotheses into research proposals and demonstrate their ability to identify legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

Student and supervisor will work towards agreement on a topic at the start of the semester. The student will then work on a project proposal that explains the hypotheses, project management, milestones with approximate times with some justification for these decisions. Key methodologies should be introduced.
Course description Proposal dependent
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Informatics PG students only, or by special permission of the School.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment will come from one piece of submitted work: a full research proposal, including background, motivation, and a description of the research methodology and expected outcomes. A good proposal might be organised as follows:

* Purpose: a statement of the problem to be addressed.
* Background: a short description of how previous work addresses (or fails to address) this problem.
* Methods: A description of the methods and techniques to be used to test the hypotheses, indicating that alternatives have been considered and ruled out on sound scientific grounds.
* Evaluation: Details of the metrics by which the outcomes will be evaluated.
* Consideration of legal, social, ethical or professional issues particular to the project.
* Workplan: A timetable detailing what will be done to complete the proposed project, and when these tasks will be completed.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate research literature appropriate for their project subject
  2. Use existing research literature to justify experimental design choices.
  3. Develop a structured research proposal.
  4. Discuss research proposals with particular reference to key hypotheses and methodological approaches.
  5. Outline project/research management issues and potential legal, social, ethical or professional issues.
Reading List
Proposal dependent
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Course organiserDr Mark Van Rossum
Tel: (0131 6)51 1211
Course secretaryMiss Maree Matheson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9989
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