T-701-REM4 Research Methodology / Aðferðafræði Rannsókna

 

 

0.0 Course Outline

 

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Basics  
  Units 4
  Instructors Kristinn R. Thórisson & Helgi Thórsson
  Course outline  
     

 

 

 

 

 

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Overview  
  Course description  
  Main topics

Ethics
Research methodology, experimental design
Modeling & simulation
Theories, hypotheses & hypothesis testing
Dependent & independent variables
Scientific writing
Scientific publications
Evaluating prior research & reference handling
Statistics & statistical approaches

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Organization  
  Mondays Mostly writing
  Fridays Mostly everything else
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Projects & Tests  
  Projects (50%) Several smaller projects: writing, analysis of experiments, statistics
  Test (50%) One comprehensive final test - oral (ísl. munnlegt)
  Grading 0 for no return; 2 lowest grades will be dropped from final grade
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Outline

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Lectures   Topic (link to slides) Readings Project(s) Due
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Friday Oct. 6

General Introduction to Scientific Research
Introduction to structure of scientific papers

Course notes posted on RU intraweb  
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Monday Oct. 9

Scientific Papers: Overall Structure, Reviewing, Common Mistakes

  Due:
A. Decide on a topic to write a paper on.
B. Find examples of 1 good and 1 bad abstract; use citeseer (pass/fail).
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Friday Oct. 13 Scientific method (continued) - An Introduction to Science: Scientific Thinking & the Scientific Method, Schafersman, 1994
- Computer Science Definition
 
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Monday Oct. 16 Writing Papers: Introduction, Related Work, References   Due: Write an abstract for your chosen topic (5% of final grade).
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Friday Oct. 20 Scientific method & experimental design / Review of abstract project - An Introduction to Science: Scientific Thinking & the Scientific Method, Schafersman, 1994
- Kirlinger (ch. 1 & 2); Erlendur Jónsson (ch. 8, 9 10) -> photocopies of reading material available in Kringlan 1 lobby
- Handbook in Research & Evaluation, chapters 2 & 3 -> photocopies in Kringlan 1 lobby
Due: Find a paper to use as a template for your own (use e.g. Citeseer).
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Monday Oct. 23 Writing papers: Contributions & Results section; Data representation for human consumption  

Due: Write an Introduction (5% of final grade).

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Friday Oct. 27 Experimental design II: Design, Methods & Variables / Review of Introduction project    
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Monday Oct. 30 Writing grant applications   Due: Related Work and References project due (5% of final grade).
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Friday Nov. 3 Scientific Theories II / Review of Related Work & References project    
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Monday Nov. 6     Due: Contribution, Results, Conclusions project due (5% of final grade)
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Friday Nov. 10 Review of statistics    
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Monday Nov. 13 No class   Full paper submission (10%)