PhD Computer Science / Programme details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Preparing Papers and Presentations

Course unit fact file
Unit code COMP82020
Credit rating 0
Unit level FHEQ level 8 – doctoral degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit is intended to give students an introduction to writing Computer Science centric papers while taking into account REF as an example of good practice when writing journal or conference papers. And then give them the ability to present their work at conference either in person or remotely. 


The unit aims to:
Give the PGR the skills to be able to write a ‘REF Aware’ Journal and Conference paper and then present it.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Explain the elements of a good paper.
  • describe the core aspects of a presentation and how they affect the understanding
  • Summarise how a paper and a presentation fits together.
  • Distinguish their responsibilities in relation to paper authoring.

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate how to critically read a paper.
  • Judge the value of a paper based on this critical reading.
  • Demonstrate how to structure a CompSci focused academic paper.
  • Demonstrate how to structure a CompSci focused presentation.
  • Given a set of information determine the most important for a presentation.

Practical skills

  • Prepare the storyline and slides for a presentation on their research keeping in mind the core aspects
  • Give a clear presentation on their research that follows good practice in the core aspects
  • Create a conference or journal paper.
  • Demonstrate how to link a presentation to a paper.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Textually compose complex academic information.
  • Describe the core aspects of a presentation and how they affect the understanding
  • Convey a complex system / ideas / rationale / contribution / research questions using text and graphics.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 30

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ulrike Sattler Unit coordinator

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