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COSC385 Research Project

An independent research project with supervision from academic staff. Particularly beneficial to students considering postgraduate study in Computer Science.

If you're a computer science major and you think that research might be the thing for you, then COSC385 is an ideal paper to get you started. You'll carry out and report on a year-long research project under the supervision of a member of staff.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code COSC385
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(COSC 201 or COSC 242) and (COSC 202 or COSC 241)
Recommended Preparation
COSC 203 and COSC 204
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.

COSC 385 is available only to Computer Science majors with a strong academic record and requires departmental approval. Places are limited according to the number of staff members available to provide supervision.


Computer Science Adviser,

Teaching staff

Professor Michael Albert

Teaching Arrangements

An individual research project under the supervision of an academic staff member. The details of the work involved will be variable depending on the student and the project. Final assessment will be on the basis of a report of up to 6000 words, double marked by the supervisor and another academic staff member, and an oral presentation intended to clarify any outstanding issues which can only result in an upwards adjustment of the grade assigned to the final written report.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On completing the COSC385 research project the student will:

  • Understand the background and context of a particular research problem in computer science
  • Understand the nature of the research process
  • Be able to analyse and synthesise research literature at an appropriate level
  • Be able to carry out experiments and/or develop systems to explore a research problem
  • Understand the standards for the communication of research results

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system