COMP0117 Research Methods and Reading

This database contains the 2018-19 versions of syllabuses.

Note: Whilst every effort is made to keep the syllabus and assessment records correct, the precise details must be checked with the lecturer(s).

Academic session2018-19
ModuleResearch Methods and Reading
Module delivery1819/A7P/T2/COMP0117 Postgraduate
Related deliveriesNone
Prior deliveries


FHEQ LevelL7
FHEQ credits15
Term/sTerm 2
Module leaderWeyrich, Tim
ContributorsWeyrich, Tim
Module administratorHorslen, Caroline


To introduce students to research methods and guide them through writing a critical literature review of their chosen area.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  1. understand the components of a scientific paper.

  2. understand scientific methods and associated issues (statistics, ethics etc).

  3. review and criticise the scientific literature in an area.

  4. verbally present a critical review of a particular area in a concise organised form.

Availability and prerequisites

This module delivery is available for selection on the below-listed programmes. The relevant programme structure will specify whether the module is core, optional, or elective.

In order to be eligible to select this module as optional or elective, where available, students must meet all prerequisite conditions to the satisfaction of the module leader. Places for students taking the module as optional or elective are limited and will be allocated according to the department’s module selection policy.

Programmes on which available:
  • MRes Virtual Reality

  • MSc Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging

Prerequisites:There are no formal prerequisites.


Basic research methods

  • Scientific method

  • Statistics and hypothesis testing

  • Ethics in research

  • Scientific dissemination

  • Structured, scientific writing

  • Oral presentations

Literature review

Write and present a literature review associated with the summer project

An indicative reading list is available via


The module is delivered through lectures that put an emphasis on seminar-style interactions, written assignments, and joint oral presentation sessions.


This module delivery is assessed as below:

#TitleWeight (%)Notes
1Literature Review (5,000 words)60 
2Presentation (15 minutes)20 
3Coursework one (1,000 words)10 
4Coursework two (1,000 words)10 

In order to pass this module delivery, students must achieve an overall weighted module mark of 50%.