After having completed the course:
• Students are able to describe the characteristics and the steps involved in quantitative and qualitative research using the correct terminology, and they are able to characterize how a design phase can complement the research process.
• Students are able to identify the strength and weaknesses of different methods and choose the best method for a given research question. They can evaluate decisions made in the design of experimental and non-experimental methods.
• Students are able to define the meaning of a variable, identify its measurement level and its role in a design (e.g. independent, dependent).
• Students are able to evaluate ethical issues in research.
• Students are able to characterize the reliability and validity of research setup.
• Students are able to interpret research data, perform simple, descriptive data analysis, and display data graphically and coherently.
• Students are able to draw conclusions from research results and present them through a written report, and through slide and poster presentation.
Students will acquire a number of basic scientific skills. The overall goal of this course is to teach students how research papers (reports, theses, etc.) come about in a scientific context. Students will be taught how to read a scientific paper in their area of expertise and distinguish the various elements of a typical research project (research questions, literature, results, etc.). The course features lectures and seminars. The first will cover topics in the research process, such as coming up with a research problem, constructing a research design, identifying variables, data analysis and presenting results. The lectures will strike a balance between covering general research processes and tailoring specific elements to the CSAI context. During the entire course, seminars are organized where particular topics are practiced in a more practical setting. Students are encouraged to prepare seminars through reading materials. The course is split into two halves. One part of the course is focused at acquiring knowledge and is followed by two partial exams on the course book and other readings (made available during the course). Another part of the course is focused at applying the obtained knowledge in a small group project, which consists of a research proposal followed by a report.|