CSC 426
Spring 2021

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Week 1 - April 1, 2021
Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
Presenter: B. Mobasher

Topics:  
  • Introduction to the Course
  • What is Research?
  • What's PhD All About?
  • Research as a Science
  • Starting the research project: problem formulation and research lifecycle.


  • Lecture Slides:
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    PhD and Research
    * Problem Formulation
    * How to be a good graduate student
    O'Leary's Graduate Study Survival Guide
      Post an Introductory Message on the Getting Acquainted Forum on the D2L Page for the class. Due by Thursday, Apr. 8.
    Read the articles listed under resources (for the O'Leary article focus on sections 8 and 9). Then write down at least 2 questions/issues about what you've read in the articles that you would like to discuss. Bring these questions to class next week.
    Read Chapter 1 of Leedy & Ormrod (LO)
    Submit a ranked list of 3 topics for your classroom presentation during weeks 5-8. [See the List of Topics]. Due date: Thursday, April 8.
    Write and bring to class an informal statement of a problem you are working on. See the last slide in PhD and Research.
    Week 2 - April 8, 2021  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: B. Mobasher

    Topics: 
    Practical advice about research
    How to write and review a research paper.
    Ethical considerations in research and publishing.
    Doing a Literature Review.

    Lecture Slides:
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    Practical Advice on PhD
       Research


    * Problem Formulation
    Elements of Scientific Papers & Proposals
    How to Review
    Reviewing a Manuscript for Publication
    Read Chapters 2-3 of LO and Chapter 4 of Justin Zobel's book (JZ).
    * Reading Assignment for Next Week: Is Computer Science, Science, by Peter Denning. Write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than 11:59 PM on April 12. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.  As beackground information you can also optionally review: Computer Science: Definition, Fields, & Facts (Britannica).
    [Note: A BR2 summarizes the  goal and main points of an article and then makes two or more primary points that critique, dispute, reinforce, or extend findings or observations  of the article.]
    Select your paper for the Paper review assignment. First draft due: Sunday, May 2.
    Week 3 - April 15, 2021  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: B. Mobasher

    Topics: 
    Summary: Problem Statement and Hypothesis
    Scientific Research in Computing
    Elements of the research proposal
    An Outline Guide for the Design of a Research Problem
    Beginner's Guide to Research Proposals - Common Pitfalls
    Research Methods Knowledgebase: Language of Research
    Research Methods Knowledgebase: Philosophy of Research (including introduction to Validity)
    Read Chapters 4-5 of LO and Chapter 5 and 12 of Justin Zobel's book (JZ).
    * Reading Assignment for Next Week: read the article: A Guide to Increased Creativity in Research: Inspiration or Perspiration? by Loehle. Also read the brief note: The Long Game of Research, by Moshe Vardi in a recent CACM. For next week (Week 4), write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than 11:59 PM on April 19. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Week 4 - April 22, 2021  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: B. Mobasher

    Topics: 
    More on Research Designs, Hypothesis and Experimentation
    Lessons on Experimental Designs
       

    Finagle and Fraud in Research? Stephen Colbert's segment on the Rogoff and Reinhart Austerity paper.
    Logical Reasoning (Wikipedia)
    Logical Fallacies
    Creativity In Science
    Strong Inference - by John R. Platt. Science, October 1964
    Read Chapters 13 of LO and Chapter 14 of JZ..
    * Reading Assignment for Next Week: read the article: Strong Inference - by John R. Platt. Science, October 1964?. For next week (Week 5), write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by 11:59 PM on April 26. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Research Proposal Abstracts due on Sunday, April 25.
    Week 5 - April 29, 2021  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Topics:
    Topic 5: (Brandon Meng, Jiahao Deng)
    * Experimental and Ex Post
       Facto Designs
    * Internal Validity
    [Presentation Slides]
    Topic 2: (Erin Murphy, Jesus Duran)
    * Evaluation Methodologies
    * Measurment & Reliability
    [Presentation Slides]

    Research Methods Knowledgebase (Section on Design and Sampling, esp. External Validity)  
    Research Methods Knowledgebase (Section on Measurement, especially, Construct Validity, reliability, and levels of measurement)
    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Evaluation Methodologies for the 21st Century

    Fantastically Wrong: Why People Once Thought Mice Grew Out of Wheat and Sweaty Shirts
    Read Chapters 7 of LO and review the additional online resources for this week (middle column).
    * Reading Assignment for Next Week: read the article: Should Computer Scientists Experiment More? by Walter Tichy. For next week (Week 6), write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than midnight on May 3. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 5 by email. Due date: May 3..
       
    Week 6 - May 6, 2021
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Topics: 
    Topic 4: (Nicholas Scope, Cristian Martinez Casado)
    * Descriptive Research
    [Presentation Slides]
    Topic 3: (Paige Treebridge, Peter Jachim)
    * Qualitative Research
    [Presentation Slides]

    Research Methods Knowledgebase (Section on Qualitative Measures)
    Research Methods: Description

    Read Chapters 6, 8 and 12 of LO and review the additional online resources for this week (middle column).
    First Draft of Article Review is due on Sunday, May 2.
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 6 by email. Due date: May 10.
    Week 7 - May 13, 2021   
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Topics: 

    Topic 7: (Yuta Nakamura, Dimuthu Kodippili Arachchige, Milad Sabouri)
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    Statistical Techniques: data preparation, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics
    [Presentation Slides]

    Causality and Reasoning in Research; Strong Inference.
    (Bamshad)


    Logical Reasoning (Wikipedia)
    Logical Fallacies
    The Seven Tools of Causal Inference (Judea Pearl, CACM March 2019)
    Research Methods Knowledgebase (Section on Analysis)

    Read Chapter 11 of LO, Chapter 15 of JZ, and review the additional online resources for this week (middle column).
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 7 by email. Due date: May 17.
    * Reading Assignment for Next Week: read the article: Reliable Research: Towards Experimental Standards for Computer Science, by Justin Zobel. Write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than 11:59 PM on May 17. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Week 8 - May 20, 2021
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Topics: 
    Topic 8/2: (Anna Onley, Erik McGuire, Jimmy Youngblood)
    *  Ethics & Professional
       Responsibility in Research
    * Experimental Standards
    [Presentation Slides]

    Notes on Proposals & Presentations (Bamshad)
    On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research
    Guidelines on Research Practice in Computer Science &
    Reliable Research: Towards Experimental Standards for Computer Science (Discussion)
    Association of Computing Machinery Computing Code of Ethics

    Read Chapters 16 and 17 of JZ and review the additional online resources for this week (middle column).
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 8 by email. Due date: May 24.
    First Draft of Research Proposal is due on Sunday, May 23.
    2nd Draft of Article Review is due on Sunday, May 30.
    Week 9 - May 27, 2021  
    Research Proposal Presentations
    Presenters Proposal Title & Presentation Slides
    1. Brandon
    2. Jiahao
    3. Erin
    4. Jesus
    5. Nick
    6. Cristian
    7. Peter
    8. Yuta
    9. Paige
    Note: Each presenter will have 10 minutes for presentation and up o 5 minutes for Q&A.
    Week 10 - June 3, 2021
    Research Proposal Presentations
    Presenters Proposal Title & Presentation Slides
    1. Dimuthu
    2. Milad
    3. Anna
    4. Erik
    5. Jimmy

    Course Summary (Bamshad)

     

    Note: Each presenter will have 10 minutes for presentation and up tp 5 minutes for Q&A.
    Final Draft of Research Proposals Due on June 10, 2021

    Copyright ©, Bamshad Mobasher, DePaul University.