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Welcome to

IFSC 7101 Research Methodology, Fall 2012

Mondays, 2:00-2:50 p.m. in EIT 217

Course web site is available at:


Daniel Berleant

Dept. of Information Science

EIT 562


Syllabus and Course Information


Prerequisite: Graduate standing. One-credit course introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research in the Integrated Computing and Engineering Science and Systems fields.



By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1.    Apply proper research methodology in their own research.

2.    Assess the degree to which research of others that they can observe follows proper research methodology.

3.    Decide intelligently what to do when issues of poor methodology present themselves in their own and others’ research.



We will be using online resources and selected articles for this course.



The following schedule is subject to updates in ordering and topic coverage.

Bold is official.  Non-bold is tentative.


M 2:00-2:50 8/27/12   Introduction (ser.#1)

M 2:00-2:50 9/3/12     Labor Day (holiday)

M 2:00-2:50 9/10/12   Choosing an advisor (fol2)

M 2:00-2:50 9/17/12   Choosing an advisor II (fol2)

M 2:00-2:50 9/24/12   Selecting a research topic (fol5)

M 2:00-2:50 10/1/12   Selecting a research topic II (fol5)

M 2:00-2:50 10/8/12   Research ethics: integrity (NIH interactive video) (ser.#2)

M 2:00-2:50 10/15/12 Discuss research integrity video (ser.#2)

M 2:00-2:50 10/22/12 Nuts and bolts of “responsible conduct of research” (ser.#3)

M 2:00-2:50 10/29/12 RCR lessons (from CITI): discuss case studies (ser.#4)

M 2:00-2:50 11/5/12   RCR lessons (from CITI): concepts and principles

M 2:00-2:50 11/12/12 RCR lessons (from CITI): concepts and principles, cont.

M 2:00-2:50 11/19/12 What is research methodology?

M 2:00-2:50 11/26/12 What is research? (Some background)

M 2:00-2:50 12/3/12   Giving a good presentation


M 1:40-2:50 12/10/12 “The Last Lecture

Other possible topics 

10 rules for top quality research; publication; grant writing; etc. Good stuff. (ser.#5)

Pursuing publication opportunities; know your field, impact factor, forum A vs. B (e.g. int./nat./reg.)

Writing tips for your proposal, dissertation, and journal publications (fol8); how do you do it?

An overview of statistical methods and experimental design; stat requirements?

Gathering data from primary and secondary sources (fol4); what are they? Is one better?

                        Moving from concepts to indicators to variables to metrics

Reading/Reviewing a research paper (fol6); seeking novelty and significance, picking what parts to read (e.g. Gould book)

Conducting a Literature Review (i.e., how to get to know your discipline) (fol7); how to read papers (class, club, self)

Obtaining graduate scholarships and fellowships; we’ve had some success here

Research networking; linkedin, many others, what are the trends?

??? what else? Email me



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