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Applied Research Methods in Software Development COMP 7036

Computer Systems Course

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Course details

Introduces principles and procedures of standard research methodologies in the context of software development and includes the relationship between software development and fields such as MIS, systems analysis and design, data processing, knowledge engineering, and decision theory; theories, paradigms and frameworks in software development; the role and importance of models, theories and conceptual frameworks; (prescriptive and descriptive models; scientific tradition; inference; deductive, inductive and abductive reasoning), traditional empirical research methods survey, experiment, case study and implementation (generate and test); measurement and evaluation, reliability, validity; literature exploration and criticism.


  • Acceptance into the Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems Degree program.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and appraise opportunities and needs for empirical research in an applied computing environment.
  • Identify and propose solutions to pitfalls inherent in research methodologies, specifically address issues related to reliability and validity.
  • Analyze, understand and assess problems and issues underlying theoretical and empirical research methods and applied research in the context of software development.
  • Access and interpret current primary source research material using the Internet, professional journals, and other sources of research.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate published literature in major discipline areas related to software development, such as Computing Science, and MIS.
  • Apply the principles of various research methods such as experiment, survey, field study and case study.
  • Prepare and defend a IT related research proposal according to generally accepted standards.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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