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Required: Turabian, K. L., A manual for writers of research papers, theses and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers, Revised by Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M. & University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff. The University of Chicago Press, 7th Edition
Recommended: Reis, R. M., Tomorrow's professor: Preparing for academic careers in science and engineering, IEEE Press

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Topics and Activities (Tentative)

Course work will be divided into discussions about the nature of interdisciplinary research in HCI in the context of enduring problems, as well as activities building specific skills, and a semester long group project experience. Some examples of specific topics include:

About Research

  • Examples of Interdisciplinary work in problem areas such as the social web, etc.
  • Differences and values
  • Example project(s)
  • Human subjects and IRB
  • Other selected ethics topics (e.g., authorship/credit, confidentiality, and conflict of interest in the review process)
  • Quick tour of methodologies
  • Publishing norms
  • Picking problems
  • Reward structure (tenure criteria as a model)

Skills

  • Literature Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Organizing and motivating material
  • Research papers
  • Writing a proposal
  • Presentation skills

Project related topics and activities

  • Introduction and background for the project theme
  • Individual proposals (written and presented)
  • Group proposals (written and presented)
  • Work on the projects proper
  • Ongoing critiques
  • Group final project results (written and presented)

On-Line Materials

Class materials including slides from presentations and readings will be posted on-line. Public materials are available on this website, private materials require that you are logged into the google group for the class. 

Assignments:

Critiques and small writing assignments are used extensively in this class. See the Assignments page for information on larger assignments.

(Tentative) Grading Criteria

  • Individual assignments ~ 60%
  • Group assignments ~ 40%

Past Years

Subpages (1): 2010 Syllabus
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