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Student Workbook PackResearch Methods for Master’sStudentsSchool of Computing
 
 
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LIST OF TABLES..............................................................................51. WORKBOOK 1. MASTER’S PROGRAMME OUTLINE...........................7
University Expectation ................................................................................7University Expectation ................................................................................7Overview of Unit Assessment .....................................................................7Overview of Unit Assessment .....................................................................7Research Methods Unit Assessment Overview.............................................8Research Methods Unit Assessment Overview.............................................8Assessment - Master’s Project.....................................................................9Assessment - Master’s Project.....................................................................9
2. WORKBOOK 2. RESEARCH METHODS CHAT AND STUDY PLANS.....10
Contact Mechanism...................................................................................10Contact Mechanism...................................................................................10Complete Study Plan.................................................................................10Complete Study Plan.................................................................................10Recommended Timings for Completing the Research Methods Work ........10Recommended Timings for Completing the Research Methods Work ........10Recommended Five Week Development Plan ...........................................11Recommended Five Week Development Plan ...........................................11Critical Reflection.......................................................................................12Critical Reflection.......................................................................................12Chat Session Profiles..................................................................................12Chat Session Profiles..................................................................................122.1.1 Chat Session 1 – Setting up a Project?..........................................122.1.2 Chat Session 2 – Refining a project Idea?.....................................122.1.3 Chat Session 3 – Problem Solving Method and Research Designs.122.1.4 Chat Session 4 – Literature Reviewing and Working in a ScholarlyManner-------122.1.5 Chat Session 5 – Aim and Objectives............................................132.1.6 Chat Session 6 - Open .................................................................132.1.7 Extra Chats - Open ......................................................................13
3. WORKBOOK 3. PROJECT SPECIFICATION NOTES AND EXAMPLE.....14
Project Styles.............................................................................................14Project Styles.............................................................................................14Specification and Design...........................................................................14Specification and Design...........................................................................14Project Specification Headings and Formatting..........................................14Project Specification Headings and Formatting..........................................143.1.1 Specification Header ..................................................................143.1.2 Project Title Construction..............................................................143.1.3 Project Task Description ...............................................................143.1.4 Overall Project Aim ...............................................................153.1.5 Set of Project Objectives...............................................................153.1.6 Research Design ..........................................................................163.1.7 Literature References ..................................................................173.1.8 Project Planning............................................................................17Testing Your Problem Solving/Research Design..........................................18Testing Your Problem Solving/Research Design..........................................18Example Specifications..............................................................................18Example Specifications..............................................................................183.1.9 Example Complete Engineering Project Specification...................183.1.10 Example Complete Study Project Specification..........................21
4. WORKBOOK 4 – LITERATURE REVIEW & STRATEGIC IT VALUENOTES/EXAMPLES..........................................................................25
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5. WORKBOOK 5. LITERATURE REVIEW............................................27
Plagiarism..................................................................................................27Plagiarism..................................................................................................275.1.1 Identifying Plagiarism...................................................................275.1.2 Common Critical Devices..............................................................285.1.3 Common Literature Tools..............................................................285.1.4 University Review Assessment.....................................................28Review Content..........................................................................................29Review Content..........................................................................................29Integrity and Evidence...............................................................................29Integrity and Evidence...............................................................................29Literature Sources.....................................................................................30Literature Sources.....................................................................................30Basic Writing Rules....................................................................................30Basic Writing Rules....................................................................................30Literature Assessment...............................................................................30Literature Assessment...............................................................................305.1.5 Literature Review Ideas................................................................305.1.6 Literature Review Construction.....................................................315.1.7 Reference and Bibliography..........................................................325.1.8 Evaluating Internet Resources......................................................33Citation Examples......................................................................................33Citation Examples......................................................................................33Literature Reviewing Cautions...................................................................35Literature Reviewing Cautions...................................................................35
6. WORKBOOK 6 – MAJOR PROJECT ELEMENTS.................................37
Scope and Scale........................................................................................37Scope and Scale........................................................................................37Presenting Problem ...................................................................................37Presenting Problem ...................................................................................376.1.1 Problems are Rarely Simple..........................................................376.1.2 Defining the Problem....................................................................386.1.3 Defining the Problem - Example...................................................386.1.4 Cautions on Problem Definition....................................................396.1.5 Problem Size.................................................................................39Project Target.............................................................................................39Project Target.............................................................................................39Project Outcome........................................................................................39Project Outcome........................................................................................39Situation Actors.........................................................................................40Situation Actors.........................................................................................40Speculation................................................................................................40Speculation................................................................................................40Primary Data..............................................................................................40Primary Data..............................................................................................406.1.6 Primary Data Collection Protocol..................................................406.1.7 Project Purpose in a Nutshell........................................................416.1.8 Pre-processing Primary Raw Data.................................................41Writing a Research Question (Study Projects)............................................42Writing a Research Question (Study Projects)............................................426.1.9 Questions that are not Questions.................................................426.1.10 Basic Research Question Forms..................................................426.1.11 Research Question – Why are we asking it?................................436.1.12 Research Question Form of Answer............................................436.1.13 Strategy for formulating a Research Question............................446.1.14 Meaning in a Research Question................................................456.1.15 Common Errors in Research Questions.......................................45Primary Data Generation with Activity and Spotlight ................................46Primary Data Generation with Activity and Spotlight ................................46Getting an Activity and Primary Data Spotlight.........................................47Getting an Activity and Primary Data Spotlight.........................................47
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