Office: Loop Campus, CDM Building, Room 833
Phone: (312) 362-5174
Office Hours: Thursday, 4:00-5:30 PM (online or by appointment)
The goal of
this course is to help prepare you, both for the work involved in obtaining a
PhD in Computer Science as wells as for your future research career as a
computer professional or academic. In doing so,
we will try to cover some of the following topics:
research and what it means to have a PhD;
The application of scientific method and the process of
issues in research methodology and different types of research;
and evaluating technical research papers;
a research proposal;
Ethical issues in scientific research and professional responsibility.
activities in the course will include writing a review of a technical paper,
writing and presenting (in class) a research proposal, active participation in class
discussion, and leading a part of one class session. In addition, we
will have several guest presentations by various faculty about
their research and their experiences both as a graduate students as well as as
faculty members. Note: Attendance is required for this course; if you are
not able to attend the class for a particular session, you need make prior
arrangements with me in advance.
Required and recommended books
are listed below. In addition, We will
use numerous online resources and articles. The resources directly relevant to
topics covered in the course are listed in the
Course Material section. Additional resources can be found on the
D. Leedy and Jeane Ellis Ormrod,
Research: Planning and Design, 12th Edition, 2018
Writing for Computer Science,
3rd Edition, 2014.
Incomplete Guide to the Art of Discovery.
Columbia University Press, 1991. 0-231-07620-7.
||William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell. The
Elements of Style, 4th Edition, 2000.
This is the classic reference book on how to write good English
well. Should be in your library. This information
is available on the web
Chicago Manual of Style : The Essential Guide for Writers,
Editors, and Publishers, 15th Edition
||Allan A. Glatthorn, Writing
the Winning Dissertation : A Step-By-Step Guide, 1998.
Contains an excellent cookbook for writting dissertation
chapters and you may find it a good investment.
- Writing a review of an
- Writing a research proposal
- Leadership of class for part of one class period
- Giving a class presentation of your research
- Other class assignments
- Analysis of readings and active participation in class discussions
% of Grade
Project: Research Proposal
|Final Proposal Presentation
of Readings, Class Discussion, and Other Class Assignments
You will be assigned an article to
review as though you are functioning as a journal or conference reviewer.
Your job is to determine the worthiness of this article for
publication, and to provide constructive and critical feedback to the
author. I expect a reasonable document to the authors to be
3-5 pages, but these are not absolute limits. A review form will be
provided that can be used as a guide.
Project: Research Proposal
Beginning the first week you should start looking for a topic for your
research proposal. You will need to submit the title and an abstract (one to
two paragraphs) of your research proposal on Week 3. The format of the
proposal will be based on the DePaul University Research Council
Competitive Research Grants. Your proposal
will include a presentation of the problem, relevant background information and ,
your hypotheses, the theory, any relevant
literature review, hypotheses, and a detailed description of the design
or method to be used. Basically, it is a journal article without
the results or discussion. Your structure may vary some from
this model based on the methods you are using. Your final research
proposal should be 5-6 pages long. Spelling and grammar count towards your grade. More
information on the research proposal can be found in the
Leadership and Participation
Our class will be run as a doctoral seminar. I will lead
the class during weeks 1-4, but after that each student will participate
in leading a class session. You will lead topics individually or in pairs of
two. Topics will be assigned, in part, based on your preferences and will
be based on the materials covered during weeks 5-8 (see
Course Material). For your topic the class will read the
assigned material and resources before the assigned date. Generally, your
starting point will be the material assigned in the text or as part of the
class reading material for that week.
You should supplement that material that you'll see fit (but, at minimum,
you must provide adequate coverage of the appropriate sections or
chapters in the assigned text. It is your task to
integrate and present this material in a coherent fashion and cover the
most important aspects of the topic thoroughly. You may assign additional readings
if necessary (check with me first). The portion of the class that you will
lead (along with one or more partners) will be approximately 90 minutes. It is up to you as to how you
wish to lead the class. You may lecture for all or part of the class,
provide discussion questions in advance, lead structured activities,
I will participate as another member of the class. On the weeks
you are not leading, it is expected that you will have completed the
assigned readings, will actively participate in the class discussion, and
will provide feedback on the presentations.
In the last two weeks of the class, you will give a class
presentation of your research proposal. Your presentation will need to be
concise and should follow roughly the same organization as the proposal. You
have a total of 15 minutes for your presentation, including at least 5 minutes
for questions and feedback. The challenge in this part of the course is to
give an effective and concise presentation of your research proposal in a
short amount of time, much like a research presentation at a conference. We
will discuss this further in class, and some examples of proposal
presentations will be provided.