CS908-15 Research Methods

Academic year
Computer Science
Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Sara Kalvala
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

The module aims to facilitate students' acquisition of a range of research methods, ensure that students are aware of the legal framework within which research is conducted, and that students are sensitive to the social and ethical issues which affect Computer Science research.

Module aims

The module will assist students in the various stages involved in undertaking a substantial research project, covering: researching and choosing a topic, finding a supervisor, writing a research proposal, narrowing the scope of the project, planning, researching, writing and finally submitting their dissertation. The module's overall aim is to offer an intellectually challenging and supportive environment which allows students to develop their research and communication skills in the context of undertaking a research project of their choice.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Introduction to research methods
Use of secondary sources
Round-table research discussion
Academic writing
Writing research proposals

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

Indicative reading list

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Research element

independent research

Subject specific skills
Transferable skills

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 2 hours (13%)
Private study 130 hours (87%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Self-directed study, focused around the assessments.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Assignment : Critical Analysis 40%


Presentation 20%


Assignment : Dissertation Specification - Research Proposal 40%


Assessment group R
Weighting Study time
Resit Assignment 100%
Feedback on assessment

Written and oral feedback on each component of assessment.


This module leads into the CS907/CS913 Dissertation Project Module.


This module is Core for:

  • TCSA-G5PD Postgraduate Taught Computer Science
    • Year 1 of G5PD Computer Science
    • Year 1 of G5PD Computer Science
  • Year 1 of TCSA-G5P8 Postgraduate Taught Computer Science and Applications
  • Year 1 of TCSA-G5PA Postgraduate Taught Data Analytics