*DCS891B Research Seminar 2*

**Instructors:**

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This is the second of a series of five research seminars.
Last semester we focused on the traditional dissertation process.
This semester we will focus on the agile approach to the DPS dissertation process.

**Textbooks:** none

**Other recommended but not required books:**

Rudestam, K.E. and Newton, R.R., *Surviving Your Dissertation*, Sage 2001, ISBN 0761919627.

Dawson C., *Projects in Computing and Information Systems*, Addison 2005, ISBN 0321263553.

Hinton, P. R., *Statistics Explained*, Routledge 2004, ISBN 0415332850.

Creswell, J.W., *Research Design*, Sage, 2003.

Bolker, J, *Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day*, Holt 1998.

Zobel, J., *Writing for Computer Science*, Springer 1997.

Turabian, K.L., *A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations*, U. Chicago 1996.

Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., and Williams, J.M., *The Craft of Research*, U. Chicago Press 1995.

Walliman, N., *Your Research Project*, Sage 2005.

**Classroom etiquette**: please turn cell phones off during class time.

## Graded Events and Grade Scale

**Individual and Team Assignments**: This semester we will have five research-related assignments similar to last semester, but no quizzes.
Some will be individual assignments and some will be team assignments.
**Incompletes**: in order to be fair to those students who complete
the course in a timely manner, our policy is to reduce the grade
of those students taking an incomplete by a letter grade
for each semester, or portion thereof, that the incomplete is in effect.

Graded Events |

**Event** |
**Possible points per person** |

Three Individual Assignments (100 points each) |
300 points |

Two Team Assignments (100 points each) |
200 points |

**Total** |
**500 points** |

Grade Scale: 500 points = 100% |

**Grade** |
**Assigned Score** |
**Definition** |

A 93-100% |
465 or more points |
Dominates the Material |

A- 90-93% |
450-464 points |
Masters the Material |

B+ 87-90% |
435-449 points |
Good Understanding with Flashes of Stellar Work |

B 83-87% |
415-434 points |
Good Understanding |

B- 80-83% |
400-414 points |
Aptitude for the Subject |

Less than 80% Incomplete/Failure |
below 400 points |
Weak for Graduate Work |