• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021.

The course introduces students to some fundamentals of research methodology, and gives students first hand experience by having them carry out a small research project, under close supervision by a member of academic staff. The course comprises a series of lectures which cover the following topics: how to define a research problem; writing a research paper and report; how to give a seminar; the use of search tools and databases to find relevant literature; scientific methods in practice; design of an experiment. Students complete a research project which requires them to carry out background reading and literature review, and to prepare a research report and give a seminar at the end of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Effectively communicate research questions, methods and outcomes in oral, written and graphical forms to a broad audience using appropriate tools.
  2. Develop and apply an active approach to learning and undertake reflective professional practice.
  3. Justify and apply appropriate technological choices based on a consideration of the research question and methods.
  4. Undertake and manage a research project of significant size and scope and understand the role of collaboration in large research projects.
  5. Explain the process of identifying and formulating research questions.
  6. Apply effective literature search and critical evaluation skills.
  7. Design and conduct experiments, devise appropriate metrics, analyse and interpret data and form reliable conclusions.
  8. Document all aspects of the development and delivery of a significant research project.
  9. Explain the role academic integrity and the importance of building upon and correctly attributing the work of others.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Two assignments, worth 15% each. The project assessment is worth 70% and consists of the project report (65%), a seminar (15%) and other assessment items jointly agreed on by the student and supervisor prior to project commencement (20%) (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


A research project with a time commitment of approximately 90 hours, and two assignments with a time commitment of approximately 20 hours each. The projects take into account the student's background and the stage of their degree. Students are encouraged to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis (at least once a week).

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Master of Computing (Advanced). Incompatible with COMP4450

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2887 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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