This course is designed to give students an overview of the scientific approach and research methods in the discipline of Computer Science. The course is aimed at doctoral and masters level students. Upon completing the course the student is able to explain the scientific method, create a research plan, design and conduct experimental studies in Computer Science, write in academic style, and give academic presentations. The course involves lectures, exercises, and practical work. The course is passed with an approved practical work. This course is taught only in English.
There is no exam for this course. All assessment is based on exercises completed by the students, and regular attendance in theory and practice sessions is required. To pass, a student must complete all exercises, each one with more than half of the available points. The four exercises are:
The final grade is computed by taking into account the respective weigths of the exercises and is given on the numerical scale 1 to 5, with 0 standing for fail.
All material for this course is available in Optima. This includes
Some example answers for exercise 1: