The Research Seminars
Doctor of Professional Studies
The primary purpose of the five Research Seminars is to prepare
the students for their doctoral research. The seminar sequence begins with
a gentle introduction to what research in computing and information technology
is about, utilizing examples of different kinds of computing research and
methodologies presented by faculty and /or invited researchers. The seminars
progress by having students investigate various research areas of their
own interest, ultimately culminating with a dissertation proposal draft
by the end of the five-semester seminar sequence.
An important ancillary benefit is that as the students progress through
the seminars, they are exposed to important emerging issues in computing
and information technology.
The seminar classes are taken during the first five semesters of
doctoral study - fall, spring and summer of year one and fall and spring
of year two. The first four seminars are one credit and the fifth seminar
is two credits.
Curriculum and Structure
DCS891A Research Seminar 1 (1
This seminar introduces the student to what research in computing and information
technology is about. Faculty and/or invited researchers will make presentations
of either their own research someone else's research. Students will be
given papers to read in advance of the presentation, and are expected to
participate in discussions about the essence and context of the research
area both in online discussion forums and in the weekend onsite meetings.
This seminar also introduces the student to the literature search process.
Students will be required to find at least one full text article, one hard
copy article (for which full text is not available), one internet source
paper, and one dissertation abstract which relate to any of the research
areas presented in the seminar. They will read these and publish on the
web a short piece discussing the relevance of the work.
DCS891B Research Seminar 2 (1 credit)
Research Seminar 2 continues the process begun in the first seminar. Faculty
or invited researchers will assign papers for the class to study together.
Students and faculty will discuss the essence and context of the research.
Students will search the literature for other related work and formulate
a related research problem(s).
DCS891C Research Seminar 3 (1 credit)
In Research Seminars 1 and 2, students were given specific papers to read
as a class. In Research Seminar 3 each student is to select one paper from
the set of papers placed in the Pace Library Online Reserve for the course.
The number of students per paper is limited to a maximum of three. The
method of selection is first-come first-served. The following describe
the deliverables for the course. They are to be available in written form
on the web for all to see, and each paper will be presented to the class
at the onsite weekend face-to-face sessions. Each student is responsible
for publishing his or her own work on a web site. The work should:
Students will present their work to the class at the onsite weekend meetings.
Clearly and completely describe what the paper is about. This should include
the essence of the research including a clear, succinct statement of the
problem and its results, the technical background of the problem and the
context in which the work was done and to which it applies, and the significance
of the work
Describe the research methodology employed in the work.
Find (search for) one (or two) paper that is related to the work. Study
this paper and document the relevance to the research problem in the original
Suggest one to three related research problems giving their relevance to
the original work and the significance to the field.
DCS891D Research Seminar 4 (1 credit)
This seminar extends the research process begun in Seminar 3. In this course
a student must search the literature and select a paper(s) in an area of
his or her own research interest. This begins the individual progression
toward the dissertation. The main deliverable for this seminar is the first
draft of the Dissertation Idea Paper as described in the Dissertation
Guide for the D.P.S. in Computing. The student should consider
the following research guidelines and research plan when preparing the
analysis and evaluation of the state of the art
underlying principles of the approach
utility of the approach
validation of the results
critical evaluation of one's own work
identification of the target audience
beneficiaries of the thesis
validation techniques (such as prototyping, field experiment, or argumentation)
definition of the innovative contribution of the thesis to the existing
state of the art
clearly formulate the research question
identify the significant problems in the field of research
outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state
of the art of existing solutions
present clearly any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results
achieved to date
sketch the research methodology that is applied
state your contributions to the problem solution
state in what aspects the suggested solution is different, new or better
as compared to existing approaches to the problem.
DCS891E Research Seminar 5 (2 credits)
In this final seminar in the sequence, students pursue in greater depth
a research interest leading to the dissertation.
The deliverable for this seminar is the first draft of the Dissertation
Proposal as described in the Dissertation Guide for the D.P.S.
in Computing. This should include a major portion of the literature