CSERP - Computer Science Education Research Processes - Honours 2002


Tony Greening
Judy Kay

with collaboration and support from:

Alan Fekete
Joe Thurbon
Kalina Yacef


This is nineth presentation of this course. It enables the class to study the issues around learning about programming. These fall into a number of major areas:


The goals of the course are:


The course will be run as a single large project per student. There will also be some seminars organised through the year for the people in the department interested in teaching. These may be useful for those doing the course.

The structure of the course will be provided by the following stages of the course. Essentially, the main product of the course will be a paper about some aspect of learning about programming. The maximum length of the body of the paper is 6 pages (formatted according to specified templates as is usual for conference papers). There is no limit on the length of Appendices. Note that 6 pages is the maximum length, not the minimum length.

The poster should be no more than A1 - A2.


The assessment of the course will be for both that product (and a poster) and the process: Note the deadlines marked with an asterisk (*) are strict. Work will not be accepted late for these. Other deadlines are developmental and the penalty for missing these is that you will not get feedback on that stage.


Actual marks will be calculated as follows:
Assessment aspectMarks
Research proposal10
Literature presentation0,10
Draft paper0% barrier (**)
Final paper50,60
** - Although there are no marks for the draft, it operates as a barrier in the following sense: if it is assessed with a mark of X%, your maximum mark for the final paper is (X + 20)%.

You decide how these marks are to be applied to your project. You must commit to a marking scheme by the end of week 9. (Hand this in with your paper submission.)

Assessment with be based on criteria which will specify the expected elements of work at various levels of Hons, from Hons I .. Pass. (See the Comp1001/1901 Resource Book for the style of these.) More details of the requirement for each stage will be presented during the semester and in lectures.

Lecture schedule

  1. Introduction, goals, projects
  2. Research proposal requirements
  3. Literature presentation
  4. Literature presentation
  5. Overview of paper structure, pragmatics
  6. Literature presentation
  7. Reviewing criteria, what is a good/bad review?
  8. Literature presentation
  9. Literature presentation or final polishing discussion
  10. Literature presentation
  11. How to create a research poster
  12. no class
  13. no class
  14. Conference poster session

Topics for the course

You are welcome to suggest additional topics. However, the following are all based on current work in the department and you would have considerable support and scaffolding in doing these.