CSC 426
Fall 2019

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Week 1 - September 12, 2019
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, Sept. 19.
    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]
    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 - September 19, 2019  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: Jonathan Gemmell

    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
    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 Sept. 24. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.  [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.]
    Start working on the Paper review assignment. First draft due: October 19.
    Week 3 - September 26, 2019  
    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 Oct. 1. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Week 4 - October 3, 2019  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: B. Mobasher

    Topics: 
    More on Research Designs, Hypothesis and Experimentation
    Causality and Reasoning in Research
    Logical Fallacies
    Strong Inference
       
    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 Oct. 8. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Research Proposal Abstracts due on Saturday, October 5.
    Week 5 - October 10, 2019  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Arman, Lebna, Nicole, Caroline, Ian, Bowen

    Topics:
    Topic 5: (Arman, Lebna, Nicole)
    * Experimental and Ex Post
       Facto Designs
    * Internal Validity


    Supplementary Material:

    * Being a PhD Student Shouldn't Be Bad for Your Health
    * Fantastically Wrong: Why People Once Thought Mice Grew Out of Wheat and Sweaty Shirts

    Topic 2: (Caroline, Ian, Bowen)
    * Evaluation Methodologies
    * Measurment & Reliabilit
    y

    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

    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Evaluation Methodologies for the 21st Century
    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Evaluation Methodologies for the 21st Century
    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 Oct. 15. 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: Oct. 15..
       
    Week 6 - October 17, 2019
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Saeed, Amal, Mohammed (Alhroub), Keith, Seth, Muheeb

    Topics: 
    Topic 3: (Saeed, Amal, Mohammed)
    * Qualitative Research
                  
    Topic 4: (Keith, Seth, Muheeb)
    * Descriptive Research
    * Mixed Methods Research

                  

    Finagle and Fraud in Research? See Stephen Colbert's segment on the Rogoff and Reinhart Austerity paper.
    Research Methods Knowledgebase (Section on Qualitative Measures)
    Research Methods: Description

    Read Chapters 6, 9 and 11 of LO and review the additional online resources for this week (middle column).
    First Draft of Article Review is due on Sunday, October 19.
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 5 by email. Due date: Oct. 22.
    Week 7 - October 24, 2019  
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Mohammed (Albluwi), Ronan, Maria

    Topics: 

    Topic 7: (Mohammed Albluwi, Ronan, Maria)
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    Statistical Techniques: data preparation, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics

    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 8 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: Oct. 29.
    * Reading Assignment for Next Week: read the article: Reliable Research: Towards Experimental Standards for Computer Science, by Justin Zobel. For next week (Week 8), write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than 11:59 PM on Oct. 29. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Week 8 - October 31, 2019
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Ali, Shatabdi, Jing, Mirtha

    Topics: 
    Topic 8: (Ali, Shatabdi)
    * E
    thics & Professional Responsibility in Research
    Topic 2/8: (Jing, Mirtha)
    * Experimental Standards

    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: Nov. 5.
    First Draft of Research Proposal is due on Saturday, November 2.
    2nd Draft of Article Review is due on Saturday, November 9.
    Week 9 - November 7, 2019  
    Research Proposal Presentations
    Presenters Proposal Title & Presentation Slides
    1. Keith
    2. Ian
    3. Muheeb
    4. Arman
    5. Caroline
    6. Bowen
    7. Saeed
    8. Amal
    9. Mohammed (Alhroub)
    10. Maria
    11. Seth
    Note: Each presenter will have 10 minutes for presentation and up o 5 minutes for Q&A.
    Week 10 - November 14, 2019
    Research Proposal Presentations
    Presenters Proposal Title & Presentation Slides
    1. Ali
    2. Mohammed (Albluwi)
    3. Ronan
    4. Shatabdi
    5. Jing
    6. Mirtha
    7. Lebna
    8. Nicole

    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 November 21, 2019

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