Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

COMP6009: Individual Research Project B


This course unit allows students to demonstrate mastery of an advanced aspect of the discipline, including critical evaluation of current research and research methods, and an awareness of the current limits of knowledge in this aspect of the discipline.

Module Details

Title: Individual Research Project B
Code: COMP6009

Credits: 10 ECTS credits
Taught in: Semester 2

Immediate prerequisites

No prerequisites

Aims and Objectives


You will be assigned a supervisor, based on your declared interests. You must agree with their supervisor an area to research, and should use the skills developed in your earlier unit to locate a group of 20 or so significant articles, 200 pages or so, relevant to the chosen topic. Ideally these articles should span a period of time, range of publication methods, and research institutions. You should read and summarise these articles, producing a 8 page, using a two-column format, survey article indicating the background to the problem, the methods and results presented in your group of articles, a comparison and evaluation of approaches, and an indication of the outstanding, unsolved, issues and problems. On the basis of this you must also prepare a short presentation and a poster based on your research, to be given at an end of semester research-style conference. You will be asked to read and comment on another student's survey article, giving you experience of academic peer review.

You are recommended to follow the following structure, or similar, for your research project report:

  • Elucidation of research/problem area
  • Context/literature investigation
  • Research methodology description
  • Project outcome
  • Critical appraisal and evaluation
  • References

This project is not required to have a practical element but the highest scoring projects typically do. It might be appropriate, for example:

  • to compare, in a uniform framework, the surveyed approaches
  • to complete or extend the work in the surveyed articles
  • to repeat a complex, hence suspect, measurement

Learning and Teaching

  • Lecture - 36 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 12 hours per semester


  • 70% - Literature search, interim and final report. Frequency: 1
  • 20% - Poster and presentation. Frequency: 1
  • 10% - Peer review. Frequency: 1

Referral policy: By set coursework assignment(s)

Assessment notes