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T-701-REM4-14-3 Research Methodology / Aðferðafræði Rannsókna

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FINAL EXAM: Date: Friday Nov. 14 Time: 14:00 - 17:00, T-701-REM4, Place M201


Instructors: Kristinn R. Þórisson (KRÞ), Jacky Mallett (JM), Jordi Bieger (JB)
Classroom: M113 on Mondays, V103 on Fridays

NB: For all homework and correspondence sent via email: PLEASE PUT “REM4” SOMEWHERE (anywhere) IN THE TITLE OF YOUR EMAIL, SO IT GETS CLASSIFIED CORRECTLY IN THE INSTRUCTOR'S INBOX. Thanks.


You are expected to have read and thoroughly learned the following texts and topics:


  • Research Methodology - a step-by-step guide for beginners (“RM”), Ranjit Kumar - All chapters except Ch10 (and Ch18 if you have the 3rd edition). Emphasis on those listed in the table below. Note: If you learn the contents of this book you should do very well on the final.
  • Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science (“IRPS”). E.D.Klemke, R. Hollinger, D. W. Rudge and A. D. Kline (Eds.). - Selected chapters (see below).
Nature & Evolution of Science
Thomas Kuhn
Logical Positivism
Karl Popper
Imre Lakatos

Use the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy and Google to further explore concepts and ideas that we encounter.

Philosophy of Science with humor:

Philosophy of Science useful hub:

We use Edward R. Tufte (1983), “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” (VDQI) in the second lecture on visualization, but it's not mandatory to buy the book.


There will be a 3-hour written final exam. The topics it will cover are: Experimental designs, Statistics and Philosophy of Science, in the proportions of which these have been emphasized in the lectures.

Class Schedule

Mon 18.08.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Introduction
Wed 20.08.2014 KRÞ First Homework Assignment: Writing Scientific Papers - Pick a topic P1. Pick topic for your paper Fri 22.08
Fri 22.08.2014 14:00 - 15:40 no class Students are encouraged
to attend the
lecture by Erik Demaine,
from MIT, @14:00,
room M104, Reykjavik U.
The Subject of Demaine's lecture is the relationships between art, science, and creativity.
Mon 25.08.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Overview of Key Concepts
Writing Papers: Abstracts
Key Concepts
Writing papers
P2a. Good/Bad Abstract (pass/fail)
p2b. Write an Abstract I (pass/fail)
Fri 29.08
Fri 29.08.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ Writing Papers: Abstracts & Introductions RM:Ch17
Writing papers
How to have your abstract rejected
Mon 01.09.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Writing Papers: Related Work, References
Review:P2a, P2b
Related Work, References (5%) P3. Write an Abstract for your topic (5%)
P4. Find paper to use as a template for your own (pass/fail)
Fri 05.09.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ Research Environment: Grants & Authorship RM:Ch13
Research Grants
Paper Author List
Mon 08.09.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Philosophy of Science
Review:P3, P4
Philosophy of Science I
P5. Introduction (5%) 15.09
Fri 12.09.2014 14:00 - 15:40 JB Thesis Writing
Using LateX for writing scientific papers
LateX-14 LaTeX Reverse Engineering assignment 22.09.14
Mon 15.09.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Science II
Fri 19.09.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ Experimental Design
Experimental Designs I
Mon 22.09.2014 13:10 - 14:45 JB LaTeX - hands-on LateX-14
Excellent talk on Leslie Lamport, Turing Award Winner, by Magnús Már Halldórsson (RU) -- highly recommended for all CS majors
Fri 26.09.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ Philosophy of Science IRPS:Chs.17,18,19,20
Philosophy of Science III
P6. Related Work and References (5%) 06.10
Mon 29.09.2014 13:10 - 14:45 JB Graphing and data presentation Visualization I
Fri 03.10.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ Experimental Design Experimental Designs II
Mon 06.10.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Writing Papers: Contributions & Results
Contribution & Results P7. Contribution, Results (5%) 17.10
Fri 10.10.2014 14:00 - 15:40 JM Stats: T-test and linear models T-Tests and Linear Models
Mon 13.10.2014 13:10 - 14:45 JM Writing Papers: Conclusions & Future Work P8. Conclusions (5%) 27.10
Fri 17.10.2014 14:00 - 15:40 JM Simulation TBD
Mon 20.10.2014 13:10 - 14:45 JB Scales and data display Visualization II
Optional: VDQI
Fri 24.10.2014 14:00 - 15:45 KRÞ Reviewing Scientific Papers
Reviewing Scientific Papers P9. Full paper (5%) 31.10
Mon 27.10.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ Presenting Your Work
Science Ethics
Science Ethics student presentations 03.11
Fri 31.10.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ No Class: Students are urged to attend Gervigreindarhátíð 2014 P10. Final full paper (15%) 11.11
Mon 03.11.2014 13:10 - 14:45 KRÞ No Class
Fri 07.11.2014 14:00 - 15:40 KRÞ Student Review of P9 Full Papers
Student Presentations
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