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Postgraduate Course: Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11071)

Course Outline
School School of Informatics College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Not available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Informatics Other subject area None
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/irp Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description The aim of this module is to develop generic research skills that can be deployed in academic or commercial environments. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop interesting concepts and hypotheses into research proposals.

Student and supervisor will work towards agreement on a topic at the start of the semester. The student will then work on a project proposal that explains the hypotheses, project management, milestones with approximate times with some justification for these decisions. Key methodologies should be introduced.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Informatics PG students only, or by special permission of the School.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Critically evaluate research literature appropriate for their project subject
2 - Use existing research literature to justify experimental design choices.
3 - Develop a structured research proposal.
4 - Discuss research proposals with particular reference to key hypotheses and methodological approaches.
5 - Outline project/research management issues.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 0
Assessed Assignments 100
Oral Presentations 0

Assessment
The assessment will come from one piece of submitted work: a full research proposal, including background, motivation, and a description of the research methodology and expected outcomes. A good proposal might be organised as follows:

* Purpose: a statement of the problem to be addressed.
* Background: a short description of how previous work addresses (or fails to address) this problem.
* Methods: A description of the methods and techniques to be used to test the hypotheses, indicating that alternatives have been considered and ruled out on sound scientific grounds.
* Evaluation: Details of the metrics by which the outcomes will be evaluated.
* Workplan: A timetable detailing what will be done to complete the proposed project, and when these tasks will be completed.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Proposal dependent
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Proposal dependent
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 0
Private Study/Other 200
Total 200
Keywords Not entered
Contacts
Course organiser Dr Michael Rovatsos
Tel: (0131 6)51 3263
Email: mrovatso@inf.ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Miss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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