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TITLE Basic Research Methods and Collaborative Intelligence

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Students will cover Research Methods, including writing a literature review and different aspects of approaches to research and evaluation. The unit will also delve into basics of documentation writing.

Fundamental knowledge of project management, including the various roles of members on a project team, their responsibilities and way of cooperation with other team members, will be included.

Study-unit Aims

- To expose students to essential research and reading techniques; how to choose a project and how to write a proposal; how to write a literature review; writing and referencing styles; presenting results. The unit will also take a practical perspective towards achieving this.
- To introduce concepts and get experience with a teamwork on a particular sample project.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Draft a research proposal.
- Draft a project plan.
- Search for and use relevant literature.
- Correctly reference literature.
- Conduct evaluations.
- Compose an abstract of research conducted.
- Structure a research project.
- Understanding the benefits and Challenges of working in a Team.
- Explain and describe operation of a team working on a project, roles and responsibilities of members on a team.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Collect and analyse data.
- Write a literature review with correct citations and references.
- Write up a proposal and write up the research.
- To act correctly as team player in different roles.

Main Text/s:

- Dawson, C.W. (2009) Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student’s Guide, 2nd Revised Edition, edition, Addison-Wesley, Harlow ISBN: 978-0-273-72131-4.
- Hackman, J.R. (2011) Collaborative Intelligence: Using Teams to Solve Hard Problems, BERRETT-KOEHLER, San Francisco/US, ISBN 13: 9781605099903, ISBN 10: 1605099902

Supplementary readings:

- Nicholas Walliman, Research Methods: The Basics, Routledge; 1 edition, ISBN-10: 0415489946, ISBN-13: 978-0415489942.
- Bennett, L. M.; Gadlin H.; Levine –Finley, S. (2010) Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide, NIH Office of the Ombudsman, Center for Cooperative Resolution, Bethesda, Maryland.
- Hackman, J.R. (2011) Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, Harvard Business Press, ISBN-10: 1578513332, ISBN-13: 978-1578513338.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%


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