DCS891B Research Seminar 2

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This is the second of a series of five research seminars. Last semester we focused on the traditional dissertation process. This semester we will focus on the agile approach to the DPS dissertation process.

Textbooks: none

Other recommended but not required books:
Rudestam, K.E. and Newton, R.R., Surviving Your Dissertation, Sage 2001, ISBN 0761919627.
Dawson C., Projects in Computing and Information Systems, Addison 2005, ISBN 0321263553.
Hinton, P. R., Statistics Explained, Routledge 2004, ISBN 0415332850.
Creswell, J.W., Research Design, Sage, 2003.
Bolker, J, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, Holt 1998.
Zobel, J., Writing for Computer Science, Springer 1997.
Turabian, K.L., A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, U. Chicago 1996.
Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., and Williams, J.M., The Craft of Research, U. Chicago Press 1995.
Walliman, N., Your Research Project, Sage 2005.

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

Graded Events and Grade Scale

Individual and Team Assignments: This semester we will have five research-related assignments similar to last semester, but no quizzes. Some will be individual assignments and some will be team 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 points each)
300 points
Two Team Assignments
(100 points each)
200 points
Total 500 points

Grade Scale: 500 points = 100%
Grade Assigned Score Definition
A  93-100% 465 or more points Dominates the Material
A-  90-93% 450-464 points Masters the Material
B+  87-90% 435-449 points Good Understanding
with Flashes of Stellar Work
B  83-87% 415-434 points Good Understanding
B-  80-83% 400-414 points Aptitude for the Subject
Less than 80%
below 400 points Weak for Graduate Work