HONOURS RESEARCH AND PROJECT METHODS

SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MHG405297
Module Leader Yan Zhang
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Integrated Project 3 (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

This module provides more detailed coverage of the development of research skills to underpin the final honours project, including reviewing a variety of research methodologies and their applicability to a range of projects within the overall domain of Computer Based Systems Engineering

Syllabus

The nature of research: - The research process - Classifying Research - Types of Research based projects, e.g. Develop and Test, Case Study, Experimental evaluations, Survey based - Research methods and applicability to different projects - Data Gathering and Analysis Techniques - Ethical Considerations in research projects and activities Intellectual property and plagiarism Research Involving Human Subjects Using minors and vulnerable people in research activities Applicability of Professional Body Codes of Practice Searching for and reviewing Research Literature - Searching for and souring of academic literature - Critical evaluation of literature sources - Literature review writing - Plagiarism in academic writing Project Proposals - Scoping a field of research - Developing a research question - Hypothesis formulation - Project planning, risk and resource management

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:- Source and critically review research related literature relevant to a chosen project topic using a variety of bibliographic tools- Evaluate the suitability of a range of research methods and data analysis methods in relation to specific project objectives- Develop a proposal and associated project plan for a research related project in an appropriate area of Computer Based Systems Engineering relevant to their programme of study- Consider the ethical issues involved in undertaking research

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course material will be introduced through lectures, whilst between-class exercises, based on the lecture material, and focussed towards the student's own project topic will be given to be undertaken on a self-directed basis. The practical sessions and associated tutorials will be used to help explain and elaborate on both the lecture material and the self-directed exercises. This module is delivered in a "short fat" format during the first 8 weeks of the teaching period of the trimester.

Indicative Reading

Cornford T, Smithson S (2004) Project Research in Information Systems: A Student Guide, Palgrave Macmillan Creswell J W (2002) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches (2nd Ed), Sage Publishing Dawson C W (2005)Project in Computing and Information System: A Student's Guide, Addison Wesley Kumar R (2005) Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners (2nd Rev Ed), Sage Publishing Oates, B J (2006) Researching Information Systems and Computing, Sage Publishing Sharp J A, Peter J, and Howard K (2002) The Management of a Student Research Project (3rd Ed), Gower Publishing

Transferrable Skills

D1 Time management: organising, prioritising and planning work D2 Independent working and self reliance D3 Reviewing and evaluating own learning, strengths and weaknesses D4 Presentational skills D5 Commercial Awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 8.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 66.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 40% Practically Based Assignment; A Fully Developed Honours Project Proposal and associated Plan.