IRR - Informatics Research Review (INFR11136)

Course Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of interest in more depth than possible in a standard taught course. This is expected to take the form of reviews of the literature in topics related to students' areas of interest within the MSc programme. Students will be given examples of good reviews, guidance on literature reviewing, literature searching and citation methods. In addition they may be directed towards research seminars in relevant topics. Students should then explore the general area over the semester in consultation with their tutor.

It is expected that each student will submit two minor reviews that critically evaluate a single research paper or seminar presentation during the first half of the semester. During the latter half of the semester, students will produce a substantial review of a research area.

As this is an introductory course, no previous knowledge of systematic reviews is required.

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Further details are available on the DPRS page.

Support

Course Organiser Björn Franke (email: bfranke@inf.ed.ac.uk)
Office IF-1.04 (hours by appointment)
Teaching Assistant Aurora Constantin (email: Aurora.Constantin@ed.ac.uk)

Course Events

Timetable

Semester1
Class TypeDayStartFinishBuildingRoom
LectureWednesday14:1015:00David Hume Tower Lecture TheatresLecture Theatre A

Lectures

Tutorials

Tutorials start in week 3, i.e. the week commencing 1 October, 2018.

Announcements

Resources and Reading

Please note that the lectures do not cover the relevant material in as much detail as the books or papers. You are expected to learn from the papers, books, videos and discussions in tutorial groups. The lectures are to help with understanding and to give you an opportunity to ask questions.

There is a lot of reading required for this course - you have been warned! I make no apology for this because, even so, we only scratch the surface. Some additional resources including lecture recordings are available on LEARN.

Resources from the Institute for Academic Development

The Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh offers study skills workshops, self-study learning resources, and advice to help you succeed in your studies. Here are some particularly useful resources for taught postgraduate students.

Literature Review

Literature Searching

Reading and Reading Techniques

Critical Reviewing

Academic Writing and Language

Meeting Academic Standards

Wider Academic Topics

Useful Software Packages and Templates

Assignment

It is expected that each student will submit two minor reviews that critically evaluate a single research paper or seminar presentation during the first half of the semester. During the latter half of the semester, students will produce a substantial review of a research area, which will be marked and contribute 100% to your overall mark for the IRR course. Your report should not exceed 10 pages (excluding the cover sheet) and you are advised to use this LaTeX template.

Submission Instructions

Reports should also be submitted using Turnitin. Please follow the submission instructions. You may find these videos useful:

Deadlines

First minor review Arranged individually for each tutorial.
Second minor review Arranged individually for each tutorial.
Draft IRR submission 10am on Monday, December 3, 2018
Final IRR submission 10am on Monday, January 14, 2019

Please note that the submission of the draft IRR report on December 3, 2018 is a tier-4 visa engagement point! Non-submission or submission of a very incomplete draft will be considered as non-engagement with the programme.

Late Submissions and Plagiarism

If you encounter problems, please contact your IRR tutor as soon as possible.

Please read the Informatics policy on late submissions and plagiarism.

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