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This course introduces students to research methods in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Critical research skills for postgraduate students are covered.
Topics covered in the lectures include:• Introduction to research in Computer Science and Software Engineering• Effective use of information sources• High level reading and writing skills: proposal, report, paper, and thesis; reviewing and rebutting• Low level writing skills: tips and tools, bibliography management• Postgraduate life skills – time and stress management, managing your supervisor, working with others• Review of research methods in Computer Science and Software Engineering• Statistical principles• Oral presentation
After attending this course students can: identify a research problem.understand and explain the range of research methods used in Computer Science and Software Engineering.explain the relative merits of alternative research methods.read, summarize and present related recent research papers.write and orally communicate clearly and succinctly on research topics.develop research agenda and write a scientific paper describing it.
Subject to approval by Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
Computer Science and Software Engineering Head of Department
Course Information on Learn
There are several important documents available online about departmental regulations, policies and guidelines on the CSSE Web site. We expect all students to be familiar with these.Notices about this class will be posted to the class forum in the Learn system.
The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University- wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a B- grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Domestic fee $1,022.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Computer Science and Software Engineering.