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Postgraduate Course: Informatics Research Review (INFR11136)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of interest in more depth than allowed in a standard taught course. For MSc students this is expected to take the form of reviews of the literature in topics related to their specialism.

***This 10 credit course replaces Informatics Research Review (Level 11) (INFR11034) - 20 credit course.***
Course description Students and tutors will be matched up based on interests/specialisms at the start of semester 1. Students will be given examples of good reviews, guidance on literature reviewing, literature searching and citation methods. In addition they may be directed towards research seminars in relevant topics. The student should then explore the general area over the semester in consultation with their tutor. It is expected that each student will submit two minor reviews that critically evaluate a single research paper or seminar presentation during the first half of the semester. During the latter half of the semester, students will produce a substantial review of a research area.
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 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 89 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Examination 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Examination 0%

There will be three coursework components:
- A short review of a research review identifying strengths weakness and improvements (25%) due end week 4.
- Draft Research Review comprising topic, bibliography and at least one brief summary of how a paper in the bibliography relates to the topic, the overall structure is specified, and potential content summarised in bullet points. (25%) due end week 8.
- Final research review (50%) due end week 2 of Semester 2.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Select literature appropriate for the review subject , and critically evaluate research literature in the chosen area
  2. Search and use appropriately databases of scientific literature
  3. Evaluate and search traditional library resources
  4. Discuss a research topic in detail leading to new hypotheses
  5. Deliver a detailed and balanced report on a research topic
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Course organiserDr Rik Sarkar
Tel: (0131 6)50 4444
Course secretaryMs Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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