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COMP81020 Starting Your Postgraduate Research syllabus 2021-2022

COMP81020 Starting Your Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research
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Enrolled students: 47

Course leader: Bijan Parsia

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Sem 2 w20-24,26-27,31-33 Lecture IT407 Fri 12:00 - 13:00 -


The unit is intended to give students an introduction to working on their PhD. It covers statutory compliance, interactions with, and expections of, their supervisor. It prepares students for academic writing include Background Reading, Critical Analysis, Doctoral Consortiums, and Report Writing in the format expected from the Research Progress Review and End of Year Progression. 


The unit aims to:
Give the PGR the skills to be able to get started on performing quality research, including an understanding of research integrity and statutory compliance.

Study hours

  • Lectures (20 hours)


  • Explain what Research Integrity means.
  • Describe what makes good research.
  • Summarise understand Export Controls (EC)
  • Distinguish their responsibilities in relation to ECs.
  • Identify their liabilities in relation to ECs.
  • Recognise threats to Equality Inclusion & Diversity.
  • Indicate ways to address Equality Inclusion & Diversity.
  • Describe Data Governance and GDPR.
  • Explain GDPR and how it relates to Data Governance in relation to Data Protection.
  • Illustrate their role and responsibilities in relation to Data Governance.
  • Identify their liability liabilities in relation to GDPRs.

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate how to critically read a paper.
  • Judge the value of a paper based on this critical reading.
  • Demonstrate how to structure constructive criticism.
  • Demonstrate how to critique another’s work based on this structure.
  • Describe the anatomy of a good Poster.
  • Given a set of information determine the most important for a poster presentation.

Practical skills

  • Create a Poster.
  • Define and Organise a set of Talking Points to accompany this Poster.
  • Create a Short report of the type required for the Research Progress Review and End of Year Progression.
  • Analyse a Research Paper.
  • Write a Constructive Review of that Paper.
  • Recommend an alternative paper discussing why by comparing and contrasting both.
  • Assess another's work as it is being presented
  • Determine the most important aspects of this work.
  • Verbally constructively critique this work.
  • Argue for change and positively conclude.

Transferable skills

  • Textually compose complex academic information.
  • Verbally disseminate a complex research concept.
  • Convey a complex system / ideas / rationale / contribution / research questions using text and graphics.

Reading list

How to Get Your PhD: A Handbook for the JourneyGavin Brown978-0198866923OUP Oxford1 Mar. 2021