CS 800 - Research Methods
Spring 2020: Tues/Thurs, 3-4:15pm, Dragas 1102

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  • Dr. Michele Weigle
  • mweigle at cs.odu.edu
  • E&CS 3206
  • Office Hours:
    Thurs 9:30-10:30am
    or by appointment


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Course Overview

This is a required course for all new PhD students.

Catalog Description: Introduction to research methods in computer science. Topics include academic publishing, academic writing, literature reviews, responsible conduct of research, and presenting research results. Research faculty will present overviews of their research and how research is conducted in their labs.

Grading: This is a Pass/Fail course (no letter grades assigned). To pass the course, you must fully participate and complete all assignments at a satisfactory level.

Textbook: There is no required textbook, but here is an initial list of recommended books and readings:

We will be using several websites for class this semester. This site (https://www.cs.odu.edu/~mweigle/CS800-S20/) should be your first stop -- it contains links to all of the other sites that are needed.

Summary Schedule

Note: This is a tentative schedule and may be updated during the semester.

Week Date Topic Homework Assigned Homework Due
1 Jan 14 What's Grad School All About? HW0, HW1
Jan 16 blank cells mean that the topic will be continued from the previous class
2 Jan 21 Research Careers, Academic Presence HW2 HW0, HW1
Jan 23
3 Jan 28 Academic Communication - writing HW3 HW2
Jan 30 Dissertation presentation assignment
4 Feb 4 Academic Publishing, Academic Communication - presenting HW4 HW3
Feb 6
5 Feb 11 Academic Reviewing, Literature Search HW4
Feb 13 HW5
6 Feb 18 Vis Basics, Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)
Feb 20 HW5
7 Feb 25 ODU Research Group 1 HW6
Feb 27
8 Mar 3 ODU Research Group 2 HW7
Mar 5 HW6
Mar 10 No Class - Spring Break
Mar 12
9 Mar 17 ODU Research Group 3 HW8
Mar 19 HW7
10 Mar 24 ODU Research Group 4 HW9
Mar 26 HW8
11 Mar 31 Student Dissertation Presentations
Apr 2 HW9
12 Apr 7 Student Dissertation Presentations
Apr 9
13 Apr 14 Student Dissertation Presentations
Apr 16
14 Apr 21 Student Dissertation Presentations
Apr 23