IS4800 Empirical Research Methods in Information Science

 

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  Graduate Empirical Research Methods Course (CS6350)

 

Extra requirements for graduate students: In addition to the undergraduate course requirements, graduate students must each design one additional publication-quality empirical research study and attend one extra one-hour seminar meeting per week during the semester. The study must be on a topic and use methods approved by the instructor. Graduate students must submit a five-page proposal on the study and analysis techniques to be used prior to the midterm, and apply for Northeastern IRB approval by the end of the semester. In addition to project presentations, the seminar meetings will be used to critique study designs from the current HCI and health informatics literature.

 

Seminar Schedule: We will spend the first half of the semester reviewing and critiquing studies from the HCI and health informatics literature. During each of these classes two students will present the work (15 minutes each) and their critique. Thereafter, all students will discuss and critique it. Following the midterm, study proposals (including IRB applications) will be presented and discussed, in addition to advanced study designs and statistical analysis techniques, with one student assigned to give a 30 minute tutorial on a particular technique.  

 

Meeting: Weds 2-3pm (except where noted), location WVH 4th floor CR.

 

Date

Topics & Readings

Week

 

1/7

Introduction, Plan logistics

Homework: find good/bad study examples

1/14

Past study critique : Mansoor, Miriam

1/21

Past study critique : Oliver, Betsy

1/28

Past study critique : Steve, Dina

2/4

Past study critique : Mansoor, Miriam

RESCHEDULED to 9:30am (2/6)

2/11

Past study critique : Oliver, Betsy

2/18

Past study critique : Steve, Dina

NOTE: revert to usual time

2/25

Five-page proposals due.

Present & discuss: all.

 

SPRING BREAK

3/11

Advanced study design & analysis: Mansoor

Design reviews: Steve, Dina

3/18

RESCHEDULED to Mon NOON (3/18)

Design reviews: ** ALL **

3/25

Advanced study design & analysis: Miriam

Design reviews: Oliver, Betsy

3/1

Advanced study design & analysis: Oliver

Design reviews: Mansoor, Miriam

4/8

Advanced study design & analysis: Dina

Design reviews: Steve, Dina

4/15

Advanced study design & analysis: Steve

Design reviews: Mansoor, Miriam

 

Grades will be based on the following:

Homework alternatives (deadlines remain the same):

Resources:

Suggested papers for review:

Suggested papers for Advanced Design discussions: