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INFO5993: IT Research Methods (2016 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||INFO5993: IT Research Methods (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Information Technologies|
HoseinyFarahabady, M. Reza
Professor Zomaya, Albert
|Session options:||Semester 1, Semester 2|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||This unit will provide an overview of the different research methods that are used in IT. Students will learn to find and evaluate research on their topic and to present their own research plan or results for evaluation by others. The unit will develop a better understanding of what research in IT is and how it differs from other projects in IT. Students will learn research ethics. This unit of study is required for students in IT who are enrolled in a research project as part of their Honours or MIT/MITM degree. It is also recommended for students enrolled or planning to do a research degree in IT and Engineering.|
HoseinyFarahabady, M. Reza
Professor Zomaya, Albert
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Sound knowledge of fundamental evaluation approaches of research in IT||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)|
|Searching library web site, domain-specific databases and internet for academic literature||Information Seeking (Level 4)|
|Developping effective written and oral communication skills||Communication (Level 4)|
|Development of research skills, literature search, research methods specific to IT and understanding of ethical practice in academia||Professional Conduct (Level 4)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
**Database Search Results:
Submit a report that includes:
1. A list of minimum 10 articles or books which potentially is very relevant to your research topic/area
2. A list of top A*, A and B conference events and journals in your research area (minimum 5 for each category, if exist, e.g., you should report at least 30 items in total) (Please ranked them by either CORE or ERA ranking system)
3. A list of the main research groups working in your area (minimum 6, if exist).
**Literature Review : (10-15 pages) The report should contain a critical review of the literature you have found related to your research topic.
The report should include around 15 properly referenced conf. or journal articles and/or books. Student should organize the review around the questions or claims relevant to your research rather than just listing the papers you have read
**Outline of research approach: Submit a report (2-3 pages) to highlight contributions you intend to make in your research area. Outline how you will gather evidence to back it up. You should provide enough detail to show that you have thought about how to convince readers. For example, if you intend to measure performance, you should describe what aspects will be measured, and what you will compare the measurements to.
**Short oral presentation: 10-15 minute oral presentation of one or two relevant papers or a research paper/proposal
** Write your paper: Students are asked to write your own paper. Your paper could be a short version of what you are already doing in your proposal or a complete modified version of another paper already published by you in your research area. Your paper is recommended to have up to 6 pages consists all sections required for a conference paper, slightly lighter however.
**Referee`s report: Write a referee`s report on two/three research papers (2 - 3 pages). Students are expected to carefully read and review each paper and attend the presentation sessions, and submit honest reviews by the deadline.
|Policies & Procedures:||IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.
In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of IT may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.
See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
|Online Course Content:||
last semester webpage can be found here:
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Administrative matters. Introduction to research. Research opportunities. How to give a research presentation.|
|Week 2||Methods I: academic research methods; information searching|
|Week 3||Short student presentations; discussion.|
|Assessment Due: Annotated Database Search Results|
|Week 4||Writing the literature review for the research proposal & research article|
|Week 5||Key elements in a research paper|
|Week 6||Writing a proposal. Discussion.|
|Assessment Due: Complete a Literature Review|
|Assessment Due: Research Proposal|
|Week 7||Reviewing and evaluating academic research. Discussion.|
|Week 8||How to write a theory/system paper|
|Week 9||Methods III: academic research methods again; discussion.|
|Assessment Due: Review others papers /presentations|
|Assessment Due: Present a reserach work|
|Assessment Due: Write a short paper|
|Week 10||Research Methods in CS/IS|
|Week 11||Notes on PhD and Research Activities|
|Week 12||Research proposal: student presentations|
|Week 13||Research proposal: student presentations|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)||Yes||32.85%|
|Information Seeking (Level 4)||Yes||6.95%|
|Communication (Level 4)||Yes||19.4%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 4)||Yes||25.8%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.