COMPGV16 - Research Methods and Reading

This database contains the 2017-18 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).

Year MSc
Term 2
Taught By Tim Weyrich (80%) [Module lead]
Alexandra Young (20%)
Aims To introduce students to research methods and guide them through writing a critical literature review of their chosen area.
Learning Outcomes To understand the components of a scientific paper. To understand scientific methods and associated issues (statistics, ethics etc). To be able to review and criticise the scientific literature in an area. To be able to verbally present a critical review of a particular area in a concise organised form.


Basic research methods
Scientific method
Statistics and hypothesis testing
The structure of a scientific paper
Presentation issues


Literature review
Write and present a literature review associated with the summer project

Method of Instruction

Lectures with associated practical classes. 5 personal meetings with project supervisors.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Literature Review (60%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Coursework 1 (10%)
  • Coursework 2 (10%)

To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all sections combined.



Reading list available via the UCL Library catalogue.