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MRes Advanced Computer Science MRes

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Scientific Methods II - Fundamental Aspects of Research Methodology

Unit code COMP80122
Credit rating 5
Unit level FHEQ level 8 – doctoral degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


In this course unit, we provide our research students with the basis for effective presentation and oral communication of their research.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Scientific Methods I - Scientific Evaluation, Experimental Design and Statistical Methods COMP80131 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Scientific Methods III - Academic Writing and Impact Studies COMP80142 Co-Requisite Compulsory


COMP80131 and COMP80142


The unit aims to teach students what techniques PhD students and researchers can use to work, collaborate, and communicate effectively, and to discuss and evaluate which of these are suitable for them.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP80122 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.


This course unit is run face-to-face, with active participation of the students. It includes sessions on designing effective slides; students actively participating in the school's research symposium; writing and discussing critiques of symposium presentations; various sessions where relevant subjects related to academic publishing, effective relationship with a supervisor, communication in a presentation, are discussed and practised. A substantial part will consist of students presenting their projects in small groups where slides and presentation style are assessed and discussed.

Seminar topics:
0. Designing Slides
1. Discussion of Research Symposium Presentations
2. More about Designing Slides
3. Giving a Good Presentation: Storyline and Coping with Nerves
4. Academic Life, Publishing, and Peer Review
5. Your supervisor and you
6. End-of-Year Interview and Organisation

This course unit will be run as a seminar, and active attendance is mandatory. All assessment is formative and via coursework; it includes writing critiques of research symposium presentations (40%) and preparing and giving a 15 minute presentation (60%) to a small group of students.

In order to pass the course unit, a student has to successfully complete both assessment tasks. No marks other than a pass is given.

Employability skills

Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

A major part of the course unit consists of students giving presentations in small groups that we then discuss in detail; in particular, we aim at giving each students individual feedback on how to improve their communication and presentation skills.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 89

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ulrike Sattler Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

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