CS908-15 Research Methods

Academic year
Computer Science
Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Ranko Lazic
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.

  1. Introduction to research methods
  2. Use of secondary sources
  3. Critique
  4. Round-table research discussion
  5. Academic writing
  6. Writing research proposals
Learning outcomes

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

Indicative reading list

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View reading list on Talis Aspire

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.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A2
Weighting Study time
Assignment : Critical Analysis 40%

Assignment : Critical Analysis. This assignment is worth more than 3 CATS and is not, therefore, eligible for self-certification.

Presentation 20%


Assignment : Dissertation Specification - Research Proposal 40%

Assignment: Dissertation Specification - Research Proposal. This assignment is worth more than 3 CATS and is not, therefore, eligible for self-certification.

Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
Written report - Resit Assignment 100%
Feedback on assessment

Written and oral feedback on each component of assessment.


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-G5PA Postgraduate Taught Data Analytics