COMP3096 - Research Group Project

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Code COMP3096
Year 3 (MEng CS only)
Prerequisites COMP3095 Research Methods
Term 2
Taught By Projects co-ordinator = Licia Capra (100%)

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 conduct research in computer science, with an emphasis on understanding and doing the various steps required to realize and validate an idea.

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 (orally and in writing); to produce an original research paper or technical report


The 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. A mini-conference will be organised at the end of the project, with each group asked to give a 15 minute formal presentation of their work.

Method of Instruction:

At the end of the course, each group will write a research paper about the project; furthermore, each student will write an individual report, detailing and reflecting upon the work undertaken as an individual that has led to the final project outcomes.


The course has the following assessment component:

  • Coursework (100%) - Group report and individual report combined (15,000 words), plus a group presentation.

To pass this course, students must:

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


Resources will be posted on the Moodle page.