Module Code: H9RPROJ
Long Title Research Project
Title Research Project
Module Level: LEVEL 9
EQF Level: 7
EHEA Level: Second Cycle
Credits: 25
Module Coordinator: Christos Grecos
Module Author: Christos Grecos
Departments: School of Computing
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff

PhD/Master’s degree in a computing or cognate discipline.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Analyse, select and implement appropriate research methods and techniques
LO2 Research and critically analyse the state of the art of a problem domain
LO3 Propose, architect and implement an ICT solution related to the programme area
LO4 Evaluate the solution based on identified measures
LO5 Investigate potential future research possibilities
LO6 Present and defend the research findings through a viva, artefact/product demo and research paper style report.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements

A level 8 degree or its equivalent in any discipline


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Literature Review
The literature review should demonstrate evidence of independent research critically analysing the potential of an application / idea and provide insights into how it can be implemented and evaluated. This is built upon the work conducted in Semester 2 as part of Research in Computing module and may have to be updated and revised based on feedback from supervisors and based on the final developed product.
Project Specifications
The project specifications describe the research background that includes the research question and definition of research variables.
Solution Development
Learners develop a solution that addresses the research question. This may involve the development of an application prototype, the design of an algorithm, the implementation of an innovative service or component of a system.
Evaluation and Analysis
A comprehensive evaluation must be conducted by each learner using multiple strategies, example; an algorithm may be benchmarked by performance specific metrics whilst an internet application or mobile application may be evaluated using suitable usability testing techniques. Statistical tools should be used to critically evaluate, assess and analyse the experimental research outputs and levels of significance.
Conclusion and Future Work
Learners must arrive at a conclusion from their research question as defined within the position paper. A detailed future work section must be included showing the learners understanding of their own research conducted
The viva shall involve a presentation of the research work carried out and a demonstration of the final results to at least two academic examiners. A demo of the developed artefact/product will be required during the Viva.
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Written Report % of total: 90
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
The research paper style report shall comprise 4,000 to 6,000 words, up to 20 pages, and describes the individual research and production of an ICT solution. All students are marked based on the written report for the research project using the following schema: Literature review 10%, Project specification 10%, Artefact/ Project Development 30%, Artefact/Product Evaluation and Analysis 25%, Document Presentation, Structure and Referencing 10%, User configuration manual 5%, Viva 10%
Assessment Type: Project % of total: 10
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 6
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Learners will have to defend their individual research in front of examiners. A demo of the artefact/product developed will be rquired to be presented in the viva. The learner must attend the viva.
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer Supervised Learning circa 1 hour per week 1 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 51 Every Week 51.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer Supervised Learning circa 1 hour per week 1 Once per semester 0.08
Independent Learning Time No Description 49 Once per semester 4.08
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.08

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Zobel, J.. (2004), Writing for computer science, 2nd Edition. Springer, Berlin.
  • Berndtsson, M.. (2008), Thesis projects: a guide for learners in computer science and information systems, Springer, London.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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