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INFO5993: IT Research Methods (2015 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||INFO5993: IT Research Methods (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Information Technologies|
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.|
Professor Zomaya, Albert
HoseinyFarahabady, M. Reza
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)
Weekly homework: summarise the lecture (3 lines each week)
Annotated bibliography: short oral presentation: 3-5 minute oral presentation of one or two relevant papers
Annotated bibliography - short written document: write an annotated bibliography (2 - 3 pages)
Referee`s report: Write a referee`s report on a research paper (1 - 2 pages)
Research proposal: oral presentation: 10 - 15 minute oral presentation of a research proposal
Research proposal: written document: Written research proposal (5 - 10 pages)
|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.
|Online Course Content:||http://rp-www.cs.usyd.edu.au/~info5993/index.php|
|Note on Resources:||
List of usefull online resources 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.|
|Lecture: Simulation-based Research|
|Assessment Due: Annotated bibliography: short oral presentation|
|Week 4||Writing a paper.|
|Lecture: Writing literature review and thesis research proposal|
|Week 5||Methods II: industrial research methods.|
|Week 6||Writing a Paper. Discussion.|
|Assessment Due: Annotated bibliography - short written document|
|Week 7||Reviewing and evaluating academic research. Discussion.|
|Lecture: Research Methods in CS/IS|
|Week 8||Research ethics. Discussion.|
|Lecture: How to write a theory/system paper|
|Week 9||Methods III: academic research methods again; discussion.|
|Assessment Due: Referee`s report|
|Week 10||Labor day holiday|
|Week 11||Student Presentation|
|Assessment Due: Research proposal: oral presentation|
|Week 12||Student Presentation|
|Assessment Due: Research proposal: written document|
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||39.3%|
|Information Seeking (Level 4)||Yes||8.6%|
|Communication (Level 4)||Yes||29.2%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 4)||Yes||22.9%|
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.