Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics
|Module Name||Research Methods – Integrated Computer Science|
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|Semester Taught||Michaelmas Term|
One hour each week is conducted in seminar format, from 11:00 to 12:00 on Fridays. An additional hour consists of participation in the SCSS seminar series at 12:00 on Fridays. Frequently, it will be necessary to use the hour from 10:00 to 11:00 for the seminar as well.
|Module Personnel||Carl Vogel|
Students who complete the module are able to:
1. locate and obtain relevant research articles in print and electronic archives, with discernment;
2. precis readings with respect to pragmatically determine needs;
3. shape research questions and methods for answering them with attention to methodological possibilities that recognizably instantiate sound scientific methods;
4. formulate and defend (in class discussion and written works) arguments on the basis of published research, personal insight and novel research;
5. write articles on novel research and position papers, both according to internationally rec- ognized scholarly style-guides;
6. constructively critique articles according to the standard that one may expect of peer review, internationally.
The module is designed to foster constructive reflection on methods of scientific research in computer science and statistics as appropriate to a five year integrated masters
course in computer science.
The module addresses a range of topics foundational to the conduct of research.
• Research ethics
• Research aesthetics
• Analytical, empirical and eclectic approaches
• Libraries and biliographies
• Reading articles
• Constructive criticism
• Writing articles
• Reviewing articles
• et cetera
|Recommended Reading List|
• Descartes (1637)
• Kuhn (1970)
• Quine (1953)
• Garey and Johnson (1979)
• Greene and D’Oliveira (2006)
• Floridi (1999)
APA (1983). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: Amer- ican Psychological Association.
Descartes, R. (1637). Discourse on Method. Indianapolis, IL: Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing.
Laurence, J. Lafleur (Trans.), 1950, reprinted 1984.
Floridi, L. (1999). Information Ethics: On the Philosophical Foundation of Computer Ethics. Ethics and Information Technology, 1, 37–56.
Garey, M. R. & Johnson, D. S. (1979). Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness. New York: W. H. Freeman and Co.
Greene, J. & D’Oliveira, M. (2006). Learning to Use Statistical Tests in Psychology, Third Ed. Open University Press. First Published in 1982.
Kuhn, T. S. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Quine, W. V. O. (1953). Two Dogmas of Empiricism. In From a Logical Point of View, pp. 20–46. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
Students complete a variety of tasks. Each student must compose and type a summary of approximately one page (no more than two pages), with appropriate bibliographic details, for each of the SCSS seminars. These must be signed, dated and submitted at the start of class on the Friday that follows. In some weeks, summaries of assigned readings may substitute for the seminar series. In most weeks, designated readings will be discussed during the class. Students must bring their typed summaries of these readings to class for submission at the end of the session. Each student report progress in a lab notebook weekly as well. Summaries will will amount to 10% of the assessment, and weekly updated notebooks also 10%.
A mid term essay will form the basis of a reviewing exercise. The mark on this exercise will be 30% of the overall result for the module.
An end of term essay will be submitted by each student, and comprises the other 50% of the assessment for the module.
Deadlines and submission instructions:
• Weekly summaries of readings should be typed and inclusive of appropriate bibliographic details. These summaries must be dated, signed and submitted at the end of each weekly session. Submissions by proxy are not accepted.
• Weekly updates to the lab notebook must be privdied in PDF form through email submission. The PDF may be the output of electronically scanning a hand-written document or the output of text formatted with an electronic word processor. These electronic submissions must be made before 09:00 on the Tuesday of each week.
• The mid-term essay must be submitted by 18:00 on Friday, November 11, 2016. The submission must be in typed format using IEEE two-column conference submission format, not in excess of ten pages using ten point font, with a bibliographic style broadly consistent with the requirements of the American Psychological Association (e.g. APA (1983)). The submission must be an electronic posting of a PDF document.
• The final essay must be submitted by 18:00 on Friday, December 16, 2016. The submission must be in typed format using IEEE two-column conference submission format, not in excess of eight pages in 10 point font, with a bibliographic style broadly consistent with the requirements of the American Psychological Association. The submission must be an electronic posting of a PDF document.
Electronic submissions must be made electronically, by email, using appropriate substitution equivalents of this subject line: “RESEARCH METHODS SUBMISSION (SSN): Descriptor”, where “SSN” is to be replaced by the student’s surname and “Descriptor” is to be replaced by a description of the content (i.e. “lab notebook entries for week of October 3-7”, “mid-term essay”, “final essay”).
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