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Prométhée Spathis
Head of the CNI program at SU

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Methodology for research in networking


Person Responsible for Module (Name, Mail address):

Sebastien TIXEUIL

Credit Points (ECTS): 6

Module-ID: MU5IN064

University: Sorbonne Université Department: Master Informatique

Prerequisites for Participation

Ability to read and write in English.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully finished this module will be able to:

  • find relevant useful research material about a given problem
  • evaluate the quality of a research paper
  • conduct research experiments in networking
  • write a research paper that exposes new knowledge
  • make a precise and consistent scientific presentation


The METHOD module consists in learning how to conduct research (both from an academic and from an industrial perspective) related to Networking. That includes learning how to digest the state-of-the-art in a particular domain as quickly and efficently as possible, how to identify revelant research problems, how to conduct research experiments, how to produce new knowledge, how to disseminate new results, and in general how to have a successful research carrier. 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Each class is highly interactive, and is divided in two parts: the main lecture where the methodology is presented, and exercices to practise the methodology. Half of the classes have an associated homework to be done within a two-weeks period. At the end of the semester, each student submits an original research paper and presents it in front of the class.

Assessment and Grading Procedures

Participation is class is 25%, Homeworks are 40%, the final project is 35%. There is no written exam or mid-term exam.

Workload calculation (contact hours, homework, exam preparation,..)

  • 4h weekly contact hours x 14 weeks = 56 h
  • 5h weekly hours preparation and afterwork x 14 weeks = 70 h
  • Exams preparation: 24h
  • Total: 150 h

Frequency and dates

Offered every Fall semester:

  • Classes start mid-September and end end-January

Max. Number of Participants


Enrolment Procedures

Request to the head of CNI program

Recommended Reading, Course Material

  • Loehle, C. (1990). A guide to increasing creativity in research - inspiration or perspiration? Bioscience 40:123-9
  • Oliver, J. (1991). The Incomplete Guide to the Art of Discovery. Columbia University Press. 0-231-07620-7.