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TITLE Research Topics in CIS

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Advances in the field of Computer Information Systems are being made at a faster rate than ever before. This study-unit is aimed to provide students with advanced knowledge on emerging trends and research topics in Computer Information Systems. Students would be guided through a list of selected readings from relevant publications.

Topics include but are not limited to: Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, Predictive Modeling, Machine Learning, Latent Semantic Analysis, Missing Data Analysis, Computational Complexity, Cloud Computing, Pervasive Computing, Persuasive Technology, Data and System security, HCI, IT strategic Management, Biomedical Computing, Bioinformatics, GIS Systems and Business Intelligence. Course content may vary depending on current trends in Computer Information Systems. To assist students with their reading, regular lectures/meetings are held with the lecturer to discuss the progress and any problems encountered. Once the student has read sufficiently, he or she is expected to draw up a report which reviews the texts under consideration. The review is expected to offer a mature discussion, comparing and contrasting the works within a sensible framework.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this unit is to expose the students to state of the art research papers in the area of Computer Information Systems, help them organise their reading and research efforts while also giving them the opportunity to write a literature review.

This will give the students invaluable background in emerging trends and advanced state-of-the-art topics in Computer Information Systems, while also giving them the opportunity of hands on research under close guidance from the lecturer.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Have an intimate appreciation of emerging trends and advanced state-of-the-art topics in Computer Information systems;
- Identify important characteristics of emerging technologies together with their applicability to different areas including science, engineering, business, industry, and health;
- Identify various industries affected by new developments in Computer Information systems.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyze problem areas which have potential of applications of emerging technologies;
- Select and use state of the art and emerging technologies to develop solutions and tools;
- Use the appropriate tools supporting new technology for development of software tools and solutions to solve the problem in hand.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- University's Digital Library
- Journal, conference and book articles
- Documentation provided by software vendors and open source groups

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Project

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) No 10%
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) Yes 30%
Assignment Yes 60%


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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