Syllabus: DCS891A Research Seminar 1
Take quizzes on Blackboard.   Deliverables due are shown in red.
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1
Thur
Sep 8
6:00-6:30 Speaker: Dr. Fred Grossman
   Topic: Research Seminars & Dissertation Process
Overview of course: website, assignments, etc.
Brief introductions: instructors, students
Example research study: Forgery Detection  slides
Overview of Leedy text: Practical Research
Book chapter discussion: 1. What is Research
2. Tools of Research
3. The Problem: The Heart of the Research Process
In-class Exercise: evaluate example research study
Handout/Discuss Dissertation Assignment
Readings: in-class handouts
   Leedy chapters 1-3 by Sep 24
Quiz 1: Leedy 1-3, by Sep 24
2
Fri
Oct 7
6:00-7:15 Speaker: Dr. Connie Knapp
   Topic: Qualitative Research
4. Review the Related Literature
5. Planning Your Research Project
6. Writing the Research Idea Paper/Proposal
Handout/Discuss Library Assignment
Readings: Leedy chapters 4-6
Dissertation Assignment
Quiz 2: Leedy 4-6
3
Fri
Oct 28
6:00-7:15 Speaker: Dr. Ron Frank
   Topic: What is Research?: Part 1
Overview of Strunk & White    In-class Exercise
"None of Us Is Perfect" musical piece
Handout/Discuss Writing Improvement Assignment
Readings: Strunk and White
Library Assignment
Quiz 3: Strunk and White
4
Fri
Nov 18
6:00-7:15 Speaker: Dr. Ron Frank
   Topic: What is Research?: Part 2
7. Qualitative Research
8. Historical Research
9. Descriptive Research
Dissertation Idea Paper Overview Diagram
In-class Exercise: reverse engineer a conference
   paper to obtain an idea paper (brief proposal)
Handout/Discuss Reverse Engineering Assignment
Readings: Leedy chapters 7-9
Writing Improvement Assignment
Quiz 4: Leedy 7-9
5
Fri
Dec 16
6:00-7:15 Speaker: Dr. Suman Kalia (DPS 2002)
   Pervasive Computing Conference Paper Slides
10. Experimental and Ex Post Facto Designs
11. Statistical Techniques for Analyzing Quantitative Data
12. Technical Details: Style, Format, Organization
For human experimental subjects, see Pace IRB
Review Dr. Kalia's statistical techniques Spreadsheet
Readings: Leedy chapters 10-12
Reverse Engineering Assignment
Quiz 5: Leedy 10-12