• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Advanced Computing
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Norrish
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

The course introduces students to some fundamentals of research methodology. The course comprises a series of lectures which cover the following topics: Philosophy of Science, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Basic Machine Learning Methods, Theoretical Research Methods, How to find a Research Topic, Literature Analysis, Reading and Reviewing Papers, Research Ethics and Commercialising Research.

The lectures will be complemented by a series of workshops, labs and assignments that require students to do some small research focused tasks that help them get a hands-on experience of research, both individually and in teams of students. This includes different tasks such as topic modelling, statistical analysis, applying different machine learning techniques to solve a problem in a team, proving theorems, complexity analysis, designing a research project, reviewing papers and presenting papers.

Workshops cover topics such as research integrity, time management and project management, teamwork, reading strategies, report writing, and presenting research. At the end of the course, students will be confident to start working on their own research projects.

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. Justify and apply appropriate technological choices based on an advanced consideration of the research question and methods.
  3. Explain the process of identifying, composing and formulating research questions.
  4. Apply effective literature search and critical evaluation skills.
  5. Explain the role academic integrity and the importance of building upon and correctly attributing the work of others.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal (35) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Literature Review (55) [LO 1,4,5]
  3. Individual Presentation and Presentation Reviews (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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.


130 hours

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Master of Computing (Advanced). MMLCV students need to apply for a permission code by following the college process here to enrol. Incompatible with COMP2550 and COMP4450

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4216 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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