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521489S Research Work on Information Processing, 8 ECTS cr 
Code 521489S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Research Work on Information Processing  Abbreviation Research Work o 
Scope8 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline4307 Information Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Computer Science and Engineering DP 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 



Autumn and spring, periods 1-4.

Learning outcomes 

The work will develop skills for being initiative, creativity, application of theoretical knowledge, programming and cooperation. The student will also learn how to document the results of the work in a form of a scientific publication.


 A small-scale research work in an active research group. Topics will be selected from the needs of present research activities in the site of work. Main emphasis is on the development and application of methods and algorithms for information processing. Often work includes programming with Matlab, C or Java languages.


Mode of delivery 


Learning activities and teaching methods 

First the research group is studied to get understanding of what are its goals. Detailed task description is written with the advisor. Typically, the work includes study of theoretical background information, programming, testing and simulations, documentation, and presentation. The presentation will include a technical report written in English in the form of a scientific publication, and an oral presentation with slides. Depending on task assignment, a more detailed report may be necessary. Task assignments can be applied at any time all year round.


Target group 

Computer Science and Engineering students + Other Students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

A prerequisite will be a good success in the studies. Good grades in programming courses are beneficial. Additional criteria are set on the task basis.


Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Literature and scientific articles depending on the task assignment.


Assessment methods and criteria 

Course assessment is based on the technical report and oral presentation.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Professor Timo Ojala.

Working life cooperation 



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