Table of contents for Thesis projects : a guide for students in computer science and information systems / Mikael Berndtsson ... [et al.].


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Part I Concepts
1  Introduction .............. ........... ....................   3
1.1 Motivation and Purpose of the Book .........................  4
1.2  Purposes of Thesis Projects  ...............................  4
1.3 Actors in the Project ................... ..................  6
1.4  Process .................... ................ ......... ..  7
1.5  Assessment Criteria  ......................................  7
1.6  Reading Guidelines......................................  8
2  Computer Science and Information Systems Research Projects......  9
2.1 The Landscape of CS and IS ..............................  9
2.2  What is Research? ....................................... 10
2.3 Research Methods ...................................... 12
2.4  Linkage Between Research and Thesis Projects.................  14
3  Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships ................... 15
3.1 The Student ........................................ 15
3.1.1  The Responsibilities of the Student. ....................  16
3.1.2  Projects with Multiple Students .......................  17
3.2  The Supervisor ......................... .............. 18
3.2.1 The Responsibilities of a Supervisor ..................  18
3.2.2  Projects with Multiple Supervisors.................... 19
3.3 The Examiner ........................................ 19
3.3.1 The Examiner as Quality Evaluator .................... 20
3.3.2  The Examiner as Quality Assuror. ................... .. 20
3.3.3  The Responsibilities of an Examiner ................... 22
Part II Process
4  The Process - An Overview...................................  25
5  Developing your Project Proposal ..............................  27
5.1 Choosing a Subject Area ................................ 27
5.1.1  Start Early.......................................  28
5.1.2 How to Choose a Subject Area ....................... 29
5.2 Choose Problem to Focus on Within the Subject Area ............ 30
5.2.1  Descriptive Projects................................  31
5.2.2  Theory Oriented Projects  ............................  31
5.2.3  Applied Projects ..................................  32
5.2.4 A Comparison of Theory and Practice .................. 32
5.3  Assure Quality of Initial Ideas  ..............................  33
5.4  Write and Submit a Project Proposal .........................  33
5.4.1  Structure  ........................................  33
5.4.2  Project Proposal Checklist ...........................  35
5.5  Quality Control of Project Proposal ..........................  35
5.6  Matching Supervisors and Students ..........................  36
6  References and Citations.....................................  37
6.1  Appropriate References  ..................................  37
6.2  Citations  ..............................................  40
6.3  Improve your Learning (and Grade)..........................  42
7  Developing your Aim .........................................  45
7.1  Meetings with Your Supervisor  ............................  45
7.2  Time Plan  .............................................  46
7.3 Activities to Perform While Developing the Aim................ 47
7.3.1  Refine the Initial Aim  ..............................  48
7.3.2 Develop the Arguments Behind the Aim ................ 49
7.3.3  W rite the Introduction ..............................  52
8 Developing your Objectives and Choosing Methods ............... 54
8.1  Important Concepts......................................  54
8.2  Addressing Validity and Reliability  ..........................  56
8.3  M ethods.... ............ ...............................  58
8.3.1  Literature Analysis ................................  58
8.3.2  Interview .................. ......................  60
8.3.3  Case Study.......................................  62
8.3.4  Survey .............. ........................  63
8.3.5 Implementation............................... 64
8.3.6 Experiment ................................. 65
8.3.7  Summary  ............ .......................  65
8.4  An  Illustrative Analogy .............. ....................  66
8.5 A Four-Step Process ................................. 68
8.5.1  Develop  Objectives ...............................  68
8.5.2  Identify Potential Methods .........................  69
8.5.3 Choose Among the Potential Methods ................ 69
8.5.4 Present Details of the Chosen Approach ............... 70
9  Following  the Objectives .....................................  71
10 Presenting and Analysing your Data ........................... 73
10.1  Presenting Non-Numerical Data...........................  73
10.1.1 Presenting Data from a Literature Analysis ........... 73
10.1.2 Presenting Data from Interviews and Questionnaires .... 75
10.1.3 Presenting Data from Implementations............... 76
10.2  Presenting Numerical Data ...............................  79
10.2.1  Using Tables and Graphs..........................  79
10.2.2  Avoiding Misleading Graphs .......................  81
10.2.3 Significance Tests ............................. 82
10.3 Analyse Your Data................................... 83
10.3.1  Descriptive Projects ..............................  83
10.3.2  Theory Oriented Projects..........................  84
10.3.3 Applied Projects .............................. 84
10.3.4 A Comparison of Theory and Practice ............... 85
10.4 What is a Good Result? ............................... 86
11 Drawing your Conclusions and Identifying Future Work .......... 87
11.1  Summarising  the Results .................................  88
11.2  Putting the Results into Context ...........................  88
11.3  Evaluating  the Process  ..................................  90
11.4  Identifying  Future W ork  .................................  90
12 Presenting and Defending your Work Orally .................... 92
12.1  O ral Presentation  ............. ..........................  92
12.1.1  Before the Presentation ...........................  93
12.1.2  The Presentation  ................................  96
12.1.3 WhattoSay................................. 98
12.1.4  Handling Questions ..............................  99
12.1.5  Preparing for the Defence .........................  100
12.2  Acting as Opponent....................................  102
12.2.1 How to Act as Opponent ......................... 102
12.2.2  Preparing for Opposition..........................  103
12.3 Prepare the Final Version of your Report .................... 105
Part III Supplements
13 Information-Seeking and Use... ............................. 109
13.1 Information Literacy for Computer Science ................ 109
13.2 Information Searching, Seeking, and Behaviour .............. 110
13.2.1 Search Techniques.............................. 111
13.3 A Session with INSPEC ................................ 112
13.3.1  What will you Find? ............................. 113
13.3.2 Boolean Commands ............................. 113
13.3.3 Information Structure ........................... 114
13.3.4 How to Get Hold of Documents .................... 117
13.4 The Information Seeking-Process ....................... 118
13.5 Two Basic Strategies for Information Seeking ................ 119
13.5.1 TheConcept Map ............................... 119
13.5.2 Personal Research Information Management .......... 120
14  The Report..  .........................................   122
14.1  Introduction..........................................  122
14.2 Who is the Report for? ................................. 123
14.3 Requirements of the Report ............................... 125
14.4 Structure of the Report ................................. 126
14.4.1 Title Page ..................................... 126
14.4.2  Abstract ......................................  127
14.4.3 Chapter 1 - Introduction Chapter ................... 128
14.4.4 Chapter 2- Background ......................... 129
14.4.5 Chapter 3 - Problem Description and Statement ....... 130
14.4.6 Chapters 4-6 - The Core of your Report ............ 130
14.4.7 Chapter 7- Related Work......................... 130
14.4.8 Chapter 8-Conclusion......................... 131
14.5 Style of the Report ........................................ 132
14.6  Managing References ...................................  133
14.6.1 The List of References ........................... 133
14.6.2 Sources ...................................... 134
14.6.3 Reference Style ................................ 135
14.6.4 References to Tables and Figures .................. 144
15  Examination ....................      ...................... 145
15.1 The Examiner's Roles.............       ............ 145
15.2  WhattoExamine .................................. 146
Bibliography ..............     ................................ 151
Appendix ............................................... 152
Index............................................... 157



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