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T-701-REM4-15-3 Research Methodology / Aðferðafræði Rannsókna

Classrooms: Mondays: M102 – Fridays: M117

Instructors: Kristinn R. Þórisson (KRÞ), Jacky Mallett (JM), Jordi Bieger (JB)




Final Exam

Date: 13.11.2015 Time: 9:00-12:00, Place: M104

The topics the final exam will cover are: Experimental design, statistics and philosophy of science, roughly in the proportions that these have been emphasized in the lectures and lecture notes. The emphasis will be on understanding, rather than on memorization, but of course students should know all the key important issues by heart. Note that this is a closed-book no support-material exam.

Example-Final-Exam-Questions

Course Aims & Goals

The course has two main aims. First, to provide the student with a compact foundation for the principles of scientific knowledge discovery, its foundational principles and concepts, the use of statistics for scientific investigation, and philosophical context out of which science came. Second, to provide the student with a first-hand experience in writing scientific text, focusing on scientific papers with results and data. After taking the course the student should be able to: 1 - Explain research, research methodologies, research in Computer Science; 2 - Choose a research subject and conduct a research project; 3 - Write technical reports, papers, thesis, proposals effectively; 4 - Extract the key points of a body of scientific research and present in a concise manner; 5 - Read and review a technical paper properly; 6 -Explain professional ethics: credit, conflict of interest, misconduct in science.

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



Readings

By the end of the course you are expected to have read, learned and thoroughly understood the following texts and topics:

Books:

  • 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). IPRS - selected chapters
  • Addtionally: We use Edward R. Tufte (1983), “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” (VDQI) in the lecture on visualization, but it's not mandatory to buy the book.
Nature & Evolution of Science
Thomas Kuhn
Logical Positivism
Karl Popper
Imre Lakatos
Additionally:

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

Philosophy of Science useful hub: http://undsci.berkeley.edu/resourcelibrary.php

Philosophy of Science with humor: http://consc.net/phil-humor.html




Class Schedule

AUGUST

DateTimeWhoTopicMaterialAssignmentDue
Mon 17.08.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Introduction
Fri 21.08.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh First Homework Assignment: Writing Scientific Papers - Pick a topic P1. Pick topic for your paper Mon 26/08@noon
W2 AUG
Mon 24.08.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Overview of Key Concepts
Writing Papers: Abstracts
Key Concepts
Writing papers
Abstracts
P2a. Good/Bad Abstract (pass/fail)
P2b. Write an Abstract I (pass/fail)
01/09@noon

02/09@noon
Fri 28.08.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Writing Papers: Abstracts & Introductions RM:Ch17 - Wrtng Res Rprt
Writing papers
Abstracts
Introductions
How to have your abstract rejected
W3 AUG
Mon 31.08.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Writing Papers: Related Work, References 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)
08.09@noon
Fri 04.09.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Research Environment: Grants & Authorship
Review:P2a, P2b
RM:Ch13
Research Grants
Paper Author List

SEPTEMBER

W4 SEP
Mon 07.09.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Science I
IRPS:pp.19-37 IPRS - selected chapters
P3b Review a peer's Abstract
P5. Introduction (5%)
Sep11@10:20
Sep17@noon
Fri 11.09.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Science II
IRPS:pp.38-65
IPRS - selected chapters
W5 SEP
Mon 14.09.2015 12:20 - 13:55 JB Thesis Writing
Using LateX for writing scientific papers
LateX LaTeX Reverse Engineering assignment
Fri 18.09.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Experimental Design
Review: P3, P4
Experimental Designs I
RM:Chs.7 (RschDes), 8 (SlctStdyDes)
P6. Related Work and References (5%) 29Sep@noon
W6 SEP
Mon 21.09.2015 12:20 - 13:55 JB LaTeX - hands-on LateX
Excellent talk on Leslie Lamport, Turing Award Winner, by Magnús Már Halldórsson (RU) -- highly recommended for all CS majors
Fri 25.09.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Philosophy of Science IRPS:Chs.17,18,19,20 IPRS - selected chapters
Philosophy of Science III
W7 SEP
Mon 28.09.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Writing Papers: Contributions & Results
Review of P5
Contribution & Results P7. Contribution, Results (5%) 21oct@12noon
Fri 02.10.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Experimental Design Experimental Designs II

OCTOBER

W8 OCT
Mon 05.10.2015 12:20 - 13:55 JB Graphing and data presentation Visualization
RM:Chs.15 (ProcData), 16 (DsplData)
VDQI
Fri 10.10.2014 10:20 - 11:55 JM Stats: T-test and linear models
Review:P6
T-Tests and Linear Models
W9 OCT
Mon 12.10.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Writing Papers: Conclusions & Future Work
Reviewing scientific papers
Conclusions & Future Work
Reviewing Scientific Papers
Optional: VDQI
P8. Conclusions (5%)
P9. Full Paper v. 1.0 (5%)
20oct@noon

26oct@noon
Fri 16.10.2015 10:20 - 11:55 JM Simulation TBD
W10 OCT
Mon 19.10.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Science Ethics
Reviewing Scientific Papers
Review:P7
Science Ethics
RM:Ch13 (EthicsDataColl)
P10. Full Paper Review 27oct@noon
Fri 23.10.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh No Class: Students are urged to attend the AI Festival / Gervigreindarhátíð 2015
W11 OCT
Mon 26.10.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Reviewing your fellow student's full paper P11. Final full paper (15%) 6Nov@noon
Fri 30.10.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Presenting Your Work
Review:P8
Doing Presentations P12. Presenting Your Work Nov 2, IN-CLASS

NOVEMBER

W12 NOV
Mon 02.11.2015 12:20 - 13:55 KRTh Student Presentations
Fri 06.11.2015 10:20 - 11:55 KRTh Student Presentations
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