Topics in Computer Science

Module code: 948G5
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Laboratory, Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

An introduction to some key ideas in various areas in computer science, with particular reference to research in Informatics. Discussion of appropriate research methods will arise from this, including literature search, survey and prcis; use of proofs, simulation, experiments, user studies and discussion; presentation of results with appropriate statistical measures and analysis of variables, controls. Assessment will be via a literature review and research proposal which will discuss a relevant research question for the programme, a proposed approach for investigating it and the most suitable form for the answers to take - noting any comparison with prior work. The literature review and research proposal may form an input to your dissertation, but there is no obligation in this respect.
The module will start with some generic research methods and course guidance; and a diagnostic programming exercise to assess ability (and refer students who may benefit to additional programming help) and familiarise you with Sussex's systems.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe a range of issues in computer science and research methods appropriate to their study.
  • Through self-directed research investigate and describe in more detail one of these areas, proposing research questions for further investigation and suitable methods for this investigation.
  • Be aware of and able to follow normal professional practice in computer science.