Informatics Research Proposal (IRP)
Introductory lecture: 2.10pm Wednesday 15th
January 2014, Teviot LT, MST
Course overview and schedule
In this course students write a research proposal. This is typically a proposal for the research that they will do
during the summer project.
The course relies on tutorial session in which generic skills are
learned and sessions with the supervisor to discuss literature and specific details.
Introductory presentation [pdf
The schedule and all resources for the course can be found on the
The course is delivered as a sequence of tutorials.
Attendance is mandatory
Weekly tutorials will be held starting week 3 of the semester. Your tutor group
is most cases the same as your IRR tutor group.
Days and times will be arranged by your tutor.
[groups and tutors, to be updated]
The proposal is due at 4pm on 11th April
Please submit two paper copies
of your report to the ITO
(Appleton Tower 4.02).
In addition, please submit your assignment, in
pdf format to:
Please read the Informatics policy on late submissions and plagiarism.
Information for staff members
In parallel to the tutorial sessions, where the students are learned generic proposal writing skills,
the IRP is partly delivered by the project supervisors.
The following is requested of staff:
1) meet regularly with the student, 2) provide literature reference for the project, 3) proofread drafts
4) and mark the final proposal.
Of course, a well-thought out proposal will make the summer-project much more enjoyable for
both student and supervisor.
What is a Good Research Proposal?
short presentation by Stuart Anderson [slides
IRP Guidelines give details as to
what will constitute a good research proposal.
Here are two example IRP reports from past
years: one, two.
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