The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook

Description

Through these courses (part A and part B) students will work on an applied research project in the area of computing. Students will gain direct experience consulting on a research problem with an organisation or research group. The project will require an innovative research proposal that has been approved by the course coordinator. The aim for the student is to develop an entrepreneurial prototype that incorporates computer research skills into practice, addressing a real-world problem. Students will be exposed to applied research management practice as they engage with industry managers or researchers. Under supervision and working with others, students will undertake between 100 and 125 hours of work implementing research from a current computing area to directly address an identified business problem.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Review and apply a suite of computer science and/or information technology skills learnt in the program in a specific project.

2. Critically review the set objectives and evaluate outcomes.

3. Communicate using written and verbal communication skills in an authentic workplace environment.

4. Undertake computing research tasks through application of professional knowledge.

5. Critically reflect on the ethical, research and technical issues facing computing in the workplace.


Content

The course comprises activities based on researching, planning, developing, reporting and critically reflecting on a major applied research activity related to the computer science/or information technology areas. Students will:

  1. Review, carry out and report on the computer science and/or information technology project defined in part A.
  2. Work directly with the industry partner and research staff to revise a plan of research and agree on the scope of works initially defined in part A.
  3. Identify ongoing project and research risks and how they will be addressed.
  4. Complete a total of 200-250 hours (the total number of hours of part A and B combined).
  5. Record, report and critically reflect on the project undertaken.
  6. Prepare and deliver a final seminar to describe and demonstrate the activities undertaken during the complete project.
  7. Describe and analyse ethical and technical issues related to real-world research and practice.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of an undergraduate program.


Assessment items

Report: Revised Project Plan

Report: Final Report

Presentation: Final Outcomes Seminar


Contact hours

Callaghan

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term