IS4800 Empirical Research Methods in Information Science

 

 

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Schedule

 

Date

Topics & Readings

Assignments

Lectures

 

Due

Start

1/8

Introduction.

 

I1

1/11

The Scientific Method (B&A Ch 1). Doing background research (B&A Ch 3).

I1

I2-3

1/15

Human subjects research (B&A Ch 6 & 7, NU IRB Policy).

 

 

1/18

Ethnography (B&A pp 238-242, Fetterman, Klasnja, Chen). R: Introduction.

I2-3

I4

1/22

Research models (B&A Ch 4). R: Data manipulation and plotting.

 

I5

1/25

Objective measures (B&A Ch 5). Descriptive statistics (B&A Ch 13 to 418, Skim Aron Ch 1-2, Aron Ch 3). R: Descriptive statistics.

I4,I5

I6

1/29

Information system measures (Nielsen Ch 6, Sensing Techniques for Mobile Interaction, Usability Study of Physicians).

I6

I7

2/1

Behavioral measures & Qualitative methods (B&A Ch 8). R: Interrater reliability.

 

I8

2/5

Survey measures (B&A Ch 9, debate). R: Internal consistency.

  I7

  I9

2/8

Blizzard Nemo.

 

 

2/12

Hypothesis testing. Chi-square tests (Aron Ch 13). R: Chi-square tests.

I8

I10

2/15

Correlational designs (B&A Ch 13 from 418, Aron Ch 11). R: correlation.

  I9

 

2/19

The experimental method I – Between subject designs (B&A Ch 10 to 303, Aron Ch 3 & Ch 4). R: 1 sample t-test.

I10

I11

2/22

The experimental method II – the t Test for independent means (B&A Ch 14 to 442, Aron Ch 5, Ch 7 to 235 & Ch 8). R: 2 sample t-test.

 

 

2/26 

Power & Effect Size (Aron Ch 6). Review for midterm.

 

  T1

3/1

MIDTERM EXAM [Study guide]

 

 

 

SPRING BREAK

 

 

3/12

Identifying research questions (B&A Ch 2). Reporting results (B&A Ch 16).

I11

3/15

Data preparation (Aron Ch 14).

   

3/19

Study presentations I. 

T1 

  T2

3/22

Physiological measurement in empirical research (Oliver Wilder-Smith). Data Visualization in R (Betsy Cowdery).

 

 

3/26

Within-subjects designs (B&A Ch 10 303-317). The t Test for dependent means (Aron Ch 7 from 236). Example (Rigby)

 

 

3/29

Multi-factor between-subjects designs & ANOVA (B&A Ch 10 from 317, B&A Ch 14 442-453, Aron Ch 9, [opt Ch 10]). Example (Jonsson)

 

4/2

Study presentations II.

T2 

  T3 

4/5

Advanced study designs (B&A Ch 11-12).

 

 

4/9

Regression (Aron Ch 12; Gilbert). Factor Analysis (review B&A Ch 9; Buys & Brown)

 

 

4/12

Examples from MIS [MIS1][MIS2][MIS3][MIS4]. Review for final.

 

 

4/16
Study presentations III.
T3
4/23
FINAL EXAM 8-10am WVG106 [Study guide]