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Course description

The course offers an overview to research carried out in Computer Science. During the course different research approaches and methods applied in Computer Science will be introduced and discussed. The course also provides an introduction to the structure and content of a research plan.

Learning objectives

After the course, the students are aware of diverse research carried out in Computer Science. The students know about various research approaches and methods applicable in Computer Science, as well as the assumptions, strengths and limitations of the different methods. The students are knowledgeable about the structure and content of a research plan.

Course organisation, structure and time table

Teacher: Jarkko Suhonen

Course formation

Research Methods in Computer Science will be a  multi-modal blended learning course, which means that majority of the course activities are done online via the UEF Moodle platform. All lecture notes, learning materials and video recording of the lectures, as well as learning activities of the course, are available in Moodle. The students can participate to the course activities online via the Adobe Connect system. The link and enrollment key to the Moodle course will be sent to those who have registered to the course via Weboodi.

The course will become available in Moodle latest Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Tentative course structure

The course consists of three study modules:

  • Study Module 1: Introduction to scientific research in Computer Science
  • Study Module 2: Research Methods in Computer Science
  • Study Module 3: Research Plan

The course has two study options:

1) Option 1 - Individual study path; mandatory exercises, other activities and online exam.

2) Option 2 - Tean work study path; most of the learning activities during the course are done in teams of 3-5 students.

Maximum of 30 students are able to select the individual study path. The course instructor will inform those who have enrolled to the course how to sign up for the invidiual study path option. The individual study path option is mainly reserved for those students who are outside of campus and/or study part-time while working. Those who sign up for the individual study path need to provide a jutification why they should be allowed to study the course individually.

 

Tentative time table

ActivityDate and timeWays to follow
Lecture: Kick-offMarch 20, 12:00-14:00 (GMT+2)Joensuu room TB248, Kuopio room F213 and online Adobe Connect
Study Module 1: Team work presentations - JoensuuApril 10, 12:00 - 17:00 (GMT+2)Joensuu room TB148 (edTech lab) and online Adobe Connect
Study Module 1: Team work presentations - KuopioApril 12, 9:00 - 14:00 (GMT+2)Kuopio room F213 and online Adobe Connect
Study Module 2: Team work presentations - KuopioMay 2, 10:00 - 14:00 (GMT+2)Kuopio room E26 and online Adobe Connect
Study Module 2: Team work presentations - JoensuuMay 3, 10:00 - 14:00 (GMT+2)Joensuu room TB148 and online Adobe Connect
Lecture: Research planMay 9, 12:00-14:00 (GMT+2)Joensuu room TB148, Kuopio room F213 and online Adobe Connect
Study Module 3: Team work presentations - JoensuuMay 22, 12:00-17:00 (GMT+2)Joensuu room TB148 and online Adobe Connect
Study Module 3: Team work presentations  - KuopioMay 24, 10:00 - 15:00 (GMT+2)Kuopio room E26 and online Adobe Connect

Evaluation

The course will be graded by using the scale of 0-5. The details of the course evaluation will be given in the kick-off lecture and they will become available in Moodle.

Course enrollment

The course enrollment is done via Weboodi (Code: 3621513: Research methods in Computer Science/Tietojenkäsittelytieteen tutkimusmenetelmät). The course enrollement in Weboodi will be opened at March 5, 2018.

Relevant resources for the course

Additional information

Jarkko Suhonen, jarkko.suhonen (at) uef (.) fi

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