Cmsc 601 basic research skills spring 2011
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CMSC 601 Basic Research Skills Spring 2011. Tim Finin [email protected] Objectives. Help Computer Science students Learn specific research skills Understand CS research community practices Become aware of research career options Improve oral and written presentation techniques

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Cmsc 601 basic research skills spring 2011

CMSC 601Basic Research SkillsSpring 2011

Tim Finin

[email protected]


Objectives

Objectives

Help Computer Science students

  • Learn specific research skills

  • Understand CS research community practices

  • Become aware of research career options

  • Improve oral and written presentation techniques

  • Be sensitive to professional ethics and academic integrity

  • Explore a potential research topic

  • Get a head start on their own research


Texts and readings

Texts and Readings

  • We’ll use two text books:

    • Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or Ph.D. (Revised Edition), Robert L. Peters. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. ISBN: 0-374-52477-7.

    • Writing for Computer Science: The Art of Effective Communication, Justin Zobel. Springer-Verlag, second edition, 2004. ISBN: 1852338024

  • We’ll also look at papers and resources provides as handouts or links


Important links

Important Links

  • Course Web site:

    • http://cs.umbc.edu/courses/graduate/CMSC601/Spring11/

  • Google group URL:

    • https://groups.google.com/group/CMSC601-S11

  • Google group email address:

    • [email protected]


Assignments and project

Assignments and Project

  • We’ll have a series of short assignmentsand a longer project

  • Example assignment: read a paper and produce a short summary of its content

  • Your project will involve

    • Choosing a research topic

    • Finding a faculty member who will serve as an external reader for it

    • Doing a literature survey, proposal, poster, paper and a presentation slides for your research topic


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