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Tdt39 -for-professors-2018

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Slides used to introduce TDT 39 to master thesis supervisors.

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Tdt39 -for-professors-2018

  1. 1. TDT39 Empirical Research Methodology Babak Farshchian Elena Parmiggiani Name, title of the presentation
  2. 2. What are these course? The courses are for students who are interested in research in 'real world' settings. You will learn methods for exploring how and why various information/computer systems are designed, implemented and used. Two variants: •IT3010 – Mandatory for master students (Spring term) •TDT39 – Selectable for engineering students (Autumn)
  3. 3. 3 What do we teach? You Other researchers Your research Practice Rigor Relevance
  4. 4. 4 What is the framework? Practical Problem Research Question Research Problem Research Answer motivates definesfinds helps to solve Purpose Aim Objective
  5. 5. What is the framework? Figure 3.1 in: B. J. Oates, Researching Information Systems and Computing. London: Sage Publications, 2006.
  6. 6. The book Briony J. Oates, Researching Information Systems and Computing. London: Sage Publications, 2006.
  7. 7. 7 Course deliverable • Students' research plan for master thesis. • A template will be provided for the plan, along with some example plans. • The template is based on the book and should support master project evaluation criteria (E and V).
  8. 8. 8 Research plan • Contents: – Purpose: Why you want to do this research? What is the relevance? – Contributions: What new knowledge will you produce? – Research method: What research strategy/method will you use? – Participants: Who do you need for your research? What resources do you need? – Research paradigm: Is this a positivitst, interpretivist, or critical research project? – Deliverable: What is the form of the final deliverable?
  9. 9. 9 Some common issues • Low quality research questions (e.g. yes/no questions). • Mixing computer science theory and application areas. • Difficulty of foreseeing area of contribution. • Lack of focus, staying at a too generic level. • The plan is too ambitious. Multiple strategies. • Empirical research does not always mean user interviews! • The candidates introduce totally new methodological frameworks.
  10. 10. An ex-student of the course
  11. 11. 11 The thesis supervisor • The deliverable, the research plan, is student's plan for his/her thesis. • The supervisor needs to be involved. • The student needs to agree with the supervisor about the content of the plan. • The planning will hopefully increase the quality of the research results (read: publications!)
  12. 12. 12 Discussion (ISSE 26.08.2015) • What do you think about the course? – Generally positive feedback during ISSE meeting of 26.08.2015. • What do you think about your role as supervisor? – The course can improve the communication. Some supervisors did not know about the existence of a research plan deliverable. • What should be changed? – Version 1.0 of the plan should be ready by end of first month. – We need to emphasize an iterative approach to the research plan. • Babak will add a milestone to the course, end of Sept. – Students who take IT3010 should not take TDT39. • Babak will inform and update the web pages.
  13. 13. 13 Thank you!

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