This book is targeted at senior students in any of the many branches of Information Technology, including Computer Science, Informatics and Information Systems. It is intended to introduce the students to the operation of the research process in these subjects. It highlights the essential aspects of various research methods. The exercises at the end of the chapters are intended to encourage students to learn from published reports; to stimulate them to think about applying each method to a research problem of their own; and to point them to related topics that were not covered in the chapter.
Chapter 1 Solving a problem
Chapter 2 Designing your project
Chapter 3 Formalities, psychology, ethics and philosophy
Chapter 4 The research process
Chapter 5 Project management
Chapter 6 Getting information
Chapter 7 Models
Chapter 8 Prototypes
Chapter 9 Algorithms
Chapter 10 Mathematical proofs
Chapter 11 Experiments
Chapter 12 Surveys
Chapter 13 Using statistics
Chapter 14 Case studies
Chapter 15 Arguments
Chapter 16 On qualitative research
Chapter 17 Reporting your results
Chapter 18 Submitting a paper
Chapter 19 Presenting a paper
Chapter 20 Becoming an established researcher
Chapter 21 Funding your project
Appendix A. Possible projects
Appendix B. Template for papers
Appendix C. Template for theses, dissertations and mini-dissertations
Appendix D. Mark allocation for Master's degrees
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