CS 5392 Graduate Research Methods

Fall 2010

Schedule: 4:30-5:50 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Room 322

Instructor: David Novick

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:20 p.m.

Overview: This class is an introduction to research methods used in computer science at the graduate and undergraduate levels. It is a hands-on class: students develop a research proposal in an area of their choice. As such it will be valuable for those in the early stages of research, for example Masters students beginning to work on identifying a research topic and planning their work. It will also be useful for anyone wanting to learn how scientific research is done in practice, especially those considering doctoral studies or a research career in the field of computer science. By the end of the semester each participant will have written an extended research proposal (undergraduate: 10-15 pages, graduate: 15-20 pages) double spaced pages in length, complete with motivation, review of relevant literature, research question, and method.


The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition (Paperback), by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell. (Longman)

Course Materials


DGN, October 20, 2010