CSU44LL4 – DCLRS Preparation

Module CodeCSU44LL4
ECTS Weighting[1]5 ECTS
Semester taughtSemester 1 & 2
Module Coordinator/s  Dr. Carl Vogel

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1. Comprehend the role of the degree course in providing foundations for
careers in computational linguistics
LO2. Identify course-relevant topics in advanced research seminars
LO3. Synthesize material from research seminars in written summaries
LO4. Develop ideas for viable final year research project topics
LO5. Integrate will all years of the CSL student population and visiting students

Module Content

The Dublin Computational Linguistics Research Seminar (DCLRS) is a weekly event, taking place Friday at 4p.m. Invited speakers give talks, following a very broad construal of the term, “computational linguistics”, ranging over pure translation theory, syntax, semantics, speech science, phonetics, psychology, psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence, many other related areas.
It is a joint venture between TCD, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU) and Technical University of Dublin (TUD) and the host of the series rotates among the four universities. TCD students have attendance obligations even when TCD does not host the event. Three contact hours are allocate to the seminar to allow an hour of transit across the city.
Students will receive electronic announcements of each talk, with a title and abstract. Sometimes the talks are at an advanced level, whilst others will be introductory overviews.

During the 2021/2022 academic year the seminar will run in a novel format, at least for the first term. Sometimes the seminars will be discussions that happen at the designated time, but online, of research articles that will have been designated the week prior. Participants will read each article write their own summaries of the articles. On the Monday following the discussion, each participant will submit their written summary (in a PDF file format). Sometimes the seminars will focus on lectures that are available online, and, again, participants will be responsible for submitting written summaries. Sometimes there will be a work to take in (e.g. a lecture or an article) and about which to write a summary, but with no discussion. The seminar will not happen in every week, but there will be announcements in advance when a seminar is planned or work is assigned.

Teaching and learning Methods

Research seminars

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief Description Learning Outcomes Addressed% of totalWeek setWeek Due
A typed page is submitted on
the Monday following each seminar; students must submit summaries for at least 5 of the seminars provided
LO1, LO2, LO3,
LO4, LO5

Reassessment Details

Summaries of a number of published research articles, agreed with the student,
equal to the number of seminar summaries required for the year (100%).

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by: 10 hours
Lecture10 hours
Laboratory0 hours
Tutorial or seminar0 hours
Other0 hours
Independent study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:20  hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable20 hours
completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)0 hours
Total Hours30 hours

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