DCS891A Research Seminar 1

Instructors: Dr. Charles Tappert, Room 325, Goldstein Academic Center, Pleasantville NY

Leedy and Ormrod, Practical Research (11th Ed.), Pearson 2015.
Strunk and White, The Elements of Style.
Other recommended but not required books

Course Description: This is the first of a series of five research seminars, see Research Seminars. The course will cover the traditional dissertation process and the agile approach to the dissertation process employed in this program.

This seminar introduces students to research in computing and information technology. Faculty and/or invited researchers will make presentations of their own or of others' research. Students will be given material to read in advance of the presentations, and are expected to participate in discussions about the essence and context of the research.

Course Website: An extensive course website (link available from Blackboard) presents all the course information. Blackboard is used only for quizzes. Course website links in the left menu area are to:

Course Information: The primary information about the course is readily available here on the course website. If you can't find something -- Blackboard, course website, your Pace University ID U-number, etc. -- your first source should be your team members before going to your instructor.

Classroom etiquette: please turn cell phones off during class time.

Graded Events and Grade Scale

Quizzes: Five quizzes, each with a 30-minute time limit, are to be taken via Blackboard. The quiz questions are based on the readings and are not difficult if you have read the material. You see the entire quiz, questions can be answered in any order, and answers can be changed before final submission. The quizzes are designed not only to check that you read the assignments but also to increase your capability of quickly processing and comprehending reading material. Although highly recommended that you take the quizzes on a regular basis, routhly one quiz per session, they will be open and available for taking throughout the semester.

Individual and Team Assignments: This semester we will have three research-related individual assignments.

Incompletes: in order to be fair to those students who complete the course in a timely manner, our policy is to reduce the grade of those students taking an incomplete by a letter grade for each semester, or portion thereof, that the incomplete is in effect.

Graded Events
Event Possible points per person
Three Individual Assignments
(100 pts each)
300 points
Five Quizzes
(20 points each)
100 points
Class Participation
(100 points)
100 points
Total 500 points

Grade Scale
Grade Definition
A  93-100% Dominates the Material
A-  90-93% Masters the Material
B+  87-90% Good Understanding
with Flashes of Stellar Work
B  83-87% Good Understanding
B-  80-83% Aptitude for the Subject
Less than 80%
Weak for Graduate Work