Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Topics in Computing
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Participation and contribution.  Participation and contribution.  15%
Semester Assessment Survey Paper  Course Work: A survey paper of approximately 6000 words.  60%
Semester Assessment Poster  Conference type of poster representing approximately 20 hours work.  25%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Assessments  Resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

identify and use the main research resources that are available to software engineers

constructively participate in advanced technical debate in the field.

have a general overview of computing research and be aware of focused areas of research interest within it.

present current research at an appropriate level of detail to a technical audience.

produce a literature review (survey paper) on some current area of research.


This module focuses on current issues in the field of computing research. The module will involve students in an examination of current research literature of interest to masters students in Computer Science.

Brief description

This module focuses on current issues in computing research. The module will involve students in an examination of current research literature of interest to masters students in Computer Science. Significant emphasis is placed on student discussion and peer review.


The content will vary from year to year, but will be based on a selection of current and relevant literature from academic articles, the web and other sources. Examples include: search engines, semantic webs, data mining, peer-to-peer distribution, GRID, OMG Model Driven Architecture, mobile agents etc.

The module is run as a series of seminars during which students present papers to their peers and where other students are required to prepare and ask relevant questions.

Students are required to write a survey-style paper that necessitates an extensive literature and web search.

Students participate in a conference organized by the Department of Computer Science where they present posters to peers and staff. The aim is to simulate a real academic poster presentation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students are required to participate in seminars, give oral and poster presentations and a literature review.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will use experience and discussion of their first presentations to improve subsequent ones.
Information Technology Inherent in the module.
Personal Development and Career planning
Research skills Students will be required to acquire further knowlede from journals and on-line sources for presentations, poster and literature review.
Subject Specific Skills Obtaining and evaluating information sources.


This module is at CQFW Level 7