CSC 426
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Week 1 - March 3, 2017
Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
Presenter: B. Mobasher

Topics:   [Lecture Slides]
  • Introduction to the Course
  • What is Research?
  • What's PhD All About?
  • Doing computing as a Science
  • * 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, April 6.
    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]
    Start thinking about your research problem for your proposal. Note that Research Proposal Abstracts will be due on Friday, April 21.
    Week 2 - April 6, 2017
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: B. Mobasher

    Topics: 
    Starting the research project: problem formulation.
    How to write and review a research paper.
    Ethical considerations in research and publishing.
    Doing a Literature Review.

    Lecture Slides:
    * Problem Formulation
    Elements of Scientific Papers & Proposals
    Guidelines on Research Practice in Computer Science
    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 midnight on April 11. 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 is available. First draft due: April 29.
    Week 3 - April 13, 2017
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenter: B. Mobasher

    Topics:  [Lecture Slides]
    Scientific Research in Computing
    Elements of the research proposal.
    Overview of research designs.
    Validity
    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. For next week (Week 4), write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than midnight on April 18. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Week 4 -April 20, 2017
    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 midnight on April 25. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Research Proposal Abstracts will now be due on Sunday, April 23.
    Week 5 - April 27, 2017
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Daneih, August, Alicia, Caleb

    Topics: 

    Topic 3: (Daneih and August)
    * Qualitative Research
    * Tips on Conducting
       Interviews
                  
    Topic 4: (Alicia and Caleb)
    *  Descriptive 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).
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 5 by email. Due date: May 2.
    First Draft of Article Review is due on Sunday, April 30.
    Week 6 - May 4, 2017
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Jennifer, Nasim, Ben, Farzad

    Topics:
    Topic 5: (Jennifer and Nasim)
    * Experimental and Ex Post
       Facto Designs

    * Internal Validity


    Topic 2: (Ben and Farzad)
    * Evaluation Methodologies
    * Measurment & Reliability

    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

    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 7), write a Brief Response Report (BR2) and submit by email no later than midnight on May 9. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Please submit you Presentation Evaluation From for Week 6 by email. Due date: May 9.
       
    Week 7 - May 11, 2017
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Anas, Masoud

    Topics: 
    Topic 7: Statistical Techniques: data preparation, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics
    (Anas and Masoud)

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


    Logical Reasoning (Wikipedia)
    Logical Fallacies
    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: May 16.
    * 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 midnight on May 16. Also bring a copy with you to class and be prepared to discuss it.
    Week 8 - May 18, 2017
    Topics/Presenters Resources Assignments/Readings
    Presenters: Priya, Redar, Thomas

    Topics: 
    Topic 8: Ethics & Professional Responsibility in Research
    (Priya, Redar)
    Topic 2/8: Experimental Standards
    (Thomas)

    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 and Public Policy Page (including 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 23..
    First Draft of Research Proposal is due on Saturday, May 20.
    2nd Draft of Article Review is due on Thursday, June 1.
    Week 9 - May 25, 2017
    Research Proposal Presentations
    Presenters Proposal Title & Presentation Slides
    1. Daneih
    2. August
    3. Alicia
    4. Caleb
    5. Jennifer
    6. Nasim
    7. Ben
    Note: Each presenter will have 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.
    Week 10 - June 1, 2017
    Research Proposal Presentations
    Presenters Proposal Title & Presentation Slides
    1. Farzad
    2. Anas
    3. Masoud
    4. Priya
    5. Redar
    6. Thomas

    Course Summary (Bamshad)

     

    Note: Each presenter will have 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.
    Final Draft of Research Proposals Due on June 8, 2017

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