Project Research Readings In Computing Science (M) COMPSCI5003

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Immerse students in research topics in a specialist area of Computing Science;
Reinforce critical reading and reviewing skills learned in the Research Methods and Techniques course;

Enable students to develop their critical thinking and group discussion capabilities;
Develop students' presentation skills.


There are no regular teaching sessions in this course, the teaching is part of the MSci project supervision.

Requirements of Entry

For MSc students, an Honours degree in Computing Science
MSci students, level 4 Computing Science

Excluded Courses





Coursework 100% (Report 40%, Project Output 30%, Oral Assessment and Presentation 30%)


Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The coursework cannot be redone because the assessment is done in a group setting, and it is impossible to reproduce this context over the summer.

Course Aims

Immerse students in the research topics in the specialist area of Computing Science pertaining to their MSci project; Reinforce critical reading and reviewing skills learned in the Research Methods and Techniques course; Enable students to develop their critical thinking and scientific writing capabilities; Develop students' presentation skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Exhibit understanding of seminal research in their specialist area by preparing a grant proposal-style report that requires an in-depth understanding of the research area;

2. Demonstrate the ability to present a critical analysis of relevant literature by presenting a research poster session to a critical audience.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Participation in Poster Presentation Session