COMP3096A - Research Group Project

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Code COMP3096
Year 3 (MEng CS only)
Prerequisites COMP3095 Research Methods
Term 2
Taught By Licia Capra (100%) [Co-ordinator]
Students will be divided in groups and assigned to academic supervisors from the various research groups within the department, that will help them develop their research project.

To give undergraduate students exposure to cutting-edge research undertaken in the department and to enhance student awareness of the range of research in computer science. To allow undergraduate students to develop research skills in computer science and its specific sub-disciplines, by means of an actual research project, conducted in small groups and under the direct supervision of an active academic researcher

Learning Outcomes

To learn to carry out research activities in a systematic and organized way; to critically evaluate and review their work and the work of others; to present succinctly to an informed audience; to produce an original research paper / technical report.


Students will work in groups to conduct a research project and produce a report/paper presenting their results, under the supervision of one of the departments’ research groups. This work will build on that undertaken in the prerequisite module, COMP3095 Research Methods.

Week 1

Course introduction, team formation (4-6 students per group), assignment to research supervisor (to be the same as for COMP3095).

Weeks 1-2

Definition of scope of the projects and agreement of the steps to be undertaken (project specific).

Weeks 3-8

Research steps undertaken under the guidance and supervision of supervisor. Tutorials will run on a weekly basis.

Weeks 9-10

Preparation of final deliverables. Each *team* is required to submit a paper/report, presenting the results of the project (e.g., hypothesis/research idea, methodology followed, experiments conducted, analysis of results). Each *student* is also required to submit a personal report giving (a) a critical assessment of the project results, (b) a detailed assessment of their own role, including a summary of what they contributed, and (c) a brief assessment of each group member.

Method of Instruction

Apart from an introductory lecture at the very beginning, there are no lectures associated to this module. Students work independently in groups, with weekly tutorials conducted by their academic project supervisor.


The course has the following assessment component:

  • Coursework (100%)
    • Individual report (80%)

      Each student is required to write and submit a personal report, covering in details the work done individually during the project. Furthermore, the personal report should provide a critical assessment of the research process followed, of the student individual role within the team, and of each group member. The individual report should also be formatted using the IEEE Template for Transactions, and should not exceed 8 pages (approximately 7,000 words).

    • How to Change the World (20%)

      The How to Change the World Challenge mark from the end of year 2.


To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all components combined


Reading lists are prepared on a per group basis, and they vary every year, as students tackle new research projects.

Each academic supervisor typically provides a list of around 5 research papers to inform the projects.

Reading list available via the UCL Library catalogue.