CS 507: Fundamentals of Research
Catalog Description: This course is devoted to those fundamental skills that every graduate student and researcher must master: reading, writing, and research.
Type: Available for graduate credit.
Total Credits: 3
Course Coordinator: Terry Soule
Prereq: Graduate standing or instructor permission
Textbook: Reference texts. See syllabus.
We will study the parts of a research paper: the abstract, introduction, background, methods, results, conclusions, and bibliography and will dissect the research processes; examining the features of successful and unsuccessful research and presentation of research.
Coursework will include: reading and reviewing papers, writing parts of research papers and theses or dissertations, and presenting papers.
Major Topics / Course Outcomes
- The application of statistics to research data (a)
- Planning and conducting research (b)
- How to read a research paper carefully, critically, and efficiently (g)
- How to write successful research papers (g)
- How to write a thesis or dissertation (g)
- Basic grantsmanship (g)
- Presenting research (g)
- The review process (j)
- Latex and gnuplot (k)