COMP 494: Research Methods Report a Broken Link

Computer Science 494 presents online reading and viewing assignments within the sections of each unit and within selected credit assignments.

Unit 1


Required Readings
Trochim, W. M. K. (2006a). Sample paper.
Trochim, W. M. K. (2006b). Foundations.
Picciano, A. (2007). 2. Introduction to research methods.
European Commission, Directorate General for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities. (2009). The world in 2025: Rising Asia and socio-economic transition.
European Commission, Directorate General for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities. (2009). People, the economy and our planet: Sustainable development insights from socio-economic sciences and humanities.
Dale, A. (2008). Crossing disciplinary boundaries.
Frodeman, R., Klein, J.T., & Mitcham, C. (2012). Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. [Overview].
Dependent and independent variables. (n.d.).  Wikipedia.
Statistical significance. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
State University of New York, ESC Online Writing Center. (2011).  Developing a research question.
University of Toronto, Writing. (n.d.). The literature review: A few tips on conducting it.
Asian Institute of Technology, Language Center. (2010). Using the literature.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Writing Center. (2010-2011). Literature reviews.
University of California Santa Cruz, University Library. (2011). Write a literature review.
McNeal, A. (n.d.). How to read a scientific research paper—a four-step guide for students and for faculty.
Athabasca University, School of Computing and Information Systems. (n.d.). Literature review.
Snyder, M. (1997). Critical review.
Helberg, C.  (n.d.). Pitfalls of data analysis (or how to avoid lies and damned lies).
Meta-analysis. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
Picciano, A. (2008). B. Meta-analysis.
Supplementary Readings


Brinkman, W. P. (2010b). Lecture 3: Empirical research methods IN4304—experimental design (fixed design).
Brinkman, W. P. (2011). Empirical research methods.





Source: Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUForum), Kampala, Uganda.
Ryerson University, Department of Student Services. (n.d.b). The research question and hypothesis.
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. (n.d.). Generating a research hypothesis.

Unit 2


Required Readings
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006a). Sampling.
Sampling (statistics).  (n.d.a). Wikipedia.
Bencivenga, R.  (2011). Probability Sampling.
Trochim, W.M K. (2006b). Measurement.
Software quality. (n.d.b). Wikipedia.
Trochim, W.M K. (2006c). Levels of measurement.
Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale. (n.d.c). Wikipedia.
Modern Language Aptitude Test. (n.d.d). Wikipedia.
Trochim, W.M K.  (2006d). Scaling.
Colosi, L. (1997). Reliability and validity: What’s the difference?
Rymarchyk, G.   (2004). Validity.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006e). Introduction to validity.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006f).  External validity.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006g).  Construct validity.
Trochim, W.M K. (2006h).  Reliability & validity.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006i). Qualitative validity.
Trochim, W.M K. (2006j).  Internal validity.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006k).  Conclusion validity.
Supplementary Readings
Cowboy coding. (n.d.). Wikpedia.
Extreme programming. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
Open-source software. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
Open source. (n.d.). Wikipedia.

Unit 3


Required Readings
Trochim, W.M K.  (2006a). Analysis.
Rummel, R.J.  (1979). Appendix II: Event data: bases of empirical conflict analysis. In Understanding conflict and war, Volume 4.
Analysis of variance. (n.d.a). Wikipedia.
French, A., Macedo, M., Poulsen, J., Waterson, T. & Yu, A. (2008). Multivariate analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Pearson’s chi-squared test. (n.d.b).  Wikipedia.
Correlation and dependence. (n.d.c). Wikipedia.
Factor analysis. (n.d.d). Wikipedia.
Regression analysis. (n.d.e).Wikipedia.
Student’s t-test. (n.d.f). Wikipedia
Bayesian statistics.  (n.d.g). Wikipedia.
Grace, J.B. & Bollen, K.A. (2005). Interpreting the results from multiple regression and structural equation models. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 86: 283-296.
Molusky, H. (1995). Intuitive biostatistics: Choosing a statistical test. In Intuitive biostatistics (ch. 37).
Lane, D.M. (1993-2007). HyperStat online statistics textbook.

Unit 4


Required Readings
Zaïane, O. R. Chapter 1: Introduction to data mining.
creativcommIT. (2010a). Introduction to data mining (1/3).
creativecommIT . (2010b). Introduction to data mining (2/3).
creativecommIT. (2010c).  Introduction to data mining (3/3).
Tabladillo, M. (2009). Microsoft data mining demo: Fill from example.
GoldSim.   Introduction: What is simulation?
Trochim, W. & Davis, S. (1996). Computer simulations for research design.
Archam, H. (1995-2011). Systems simulation: The shortest route to applications.
Numerical analysis. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
University of South Florida. (n.d.). Holistic numerical methods: Transforming numerical methods education for the STEM undergraduate.
Operations research. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
Mathematical model. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
McLaughlin, M.P. (1993-1999). “. . . the very game . . .”: A tutorial on mathematical modeling.
Marcot, B.G. (2005). What are "Bayesian network models?"
Fenton, N. (n.d.a). What is a Bayesian network?
Fenton, N. (n.d.b). Bayes rule.
Fenton, N.   (n.d.c). BBN tutorial.
Supplementary Readings
(2009). BeliefNetworks.
Chen, P., Chen, I, & Verma, R. (2010). Improving and undergraduate data mining course with real-world projects. Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers, 25(4): 62-67.

Unit 5


Required Readings
Links for Assignment 5
Government of Canada. (2011). TCPS 2—2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.  Panel on Research Ethics.
Athabasca University Research Ethics Board. (2009). AU Faculty/Professional Application for Ethical Review.
Exell, R.H.B. (2001). Ethical case studies.
Other Unit 5 Links
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006). Ethics in research.
Burckman, A.   (2002). Ethical guidelines for research online.
Ess, C. & Association of Internet Researchers. (2002). Ethical decision-making and Internet research: Recommendations from the AoIR ethics working committee.
Ess, C. (2001). Internet research ethics.
Capurro, R. & Pingel, C. (2002). Ethical issues of online communication research. Ethics and Information Technology, 4(3), 189-194.
Elgesem, D.   (n.d.). Internet research ethics: What is special about the ethical issues in online research?
Bassett, E. H. & O’Riordan, K. Internet research ethics: Contesting the human subjects research model.
Suler, J. (2000). Ethics in cyberspace research: Consent, privacy and contribution.
Jones, R.A. (1999). The ethics of research in cyberspace. Internet Research, 4 (3): 30-35.
Berry, D. M. (2004). Internet research: Privacy, ethics and alienation, an open source approach. Internet Research, 14 (4): 323-332.
Smith, A.J. (1999). The task of the referee.
Parberry, I. (1994). A guide for new referees in theoretical computer science.
Knuth, D.E. (n.d.). Hints for referees.
Knuth, D.E., Larrabee, T., & Roberts, P.M. [1987]. Refereeing 1: Excerpts from class, October 30, and Refereeing 2: Excerpts from class, November 2. In Mathematical writing (pp. 31-35).
Hart, M. & Friesner, T.  (2004). Plagiarism and poor academic practice—a threat to the extension of e-learning in higher education? Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 2, (1): 89-96.
Supplementary Readings
Athabasca University. (2009a). Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Policy.
Athabasca University. (2009b). Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Procedures.
Athabasca University Research Centre.   (n.d.). Research requiring ethics review.
Athabasca University Student Services. (n.d.). Intellectual honesty and plagiarism.
Devroye, L. (2002). Musings: The case against blind reviewing.
MacDonald, C. (n.d.a). Business ethics case studies: The polluter’s dilemma.
MacDonald, C. (n.d.b). Business ethics case studies: Whistleblowing & the environment: The case of Avco Environmental.
Miksch, S. (2006). TIPS: How to do research.
Payne, J. (2009).  Introduction to sociology: Ethics decision exercise.

Unit 6


Required Readings
Links for Assignment 6
LimeSurvey. (n.d.). LimeSurvey download page.
SurveyMonkey. Click on “Sign Up” > “Basic plan”.
Other Links for Unit 6
Survey methodology. (n.d.). Wikipedia.
Creative Research Systems.   (2011). Survey design.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006). Survey research.
Government of the United States. Office of Mangement and Budget. (n.d.). Proposed standards and guidelines for statistical surveys.

Unit 7


Required Readings
Rummel, R.J. (1976a). Understanding correlation.
Stone, D.C. & Ellis, J. (2006). Stats tutorial: The correlation coefficient.
McDonald, J.D.B (n.d.). Statistics tutorial: Correlation.
Annis, C.E. (1998-2008). Correlation.
Waters, J.   (n.d.). Correlational research.
Schmidt, S.R.   (n.d.). Correlational research: Making sense of observations.
Correlations and dependence. (n.d,). Wikipedia.
Ramscar, M.   (2002). Surveys, questions, and other cheap ways of getting data.
Rummel, R.J. (1976b). Understanding factor analysis.

Unit 8


Required Readings
Campbell, L. (2010). Research design: An introduction.
Headlessprofessor. (2008).   Research designs.
Trochim, W.M.K. (2006). Design.

Unit 9


Required Readings
Vernon, M.K.   Complexity and big-O notation.
Computational complexity theory. (n.d.a. Wikipedia.
Content analysis.(n.d. b). Wikipedia.
Discourse analysis. (n.d.c). Wikipedia.
Smith, L.   (2002). A tutorial on principal component analysis.
Conversation analysis.(n.d.d). Wikipedia.
 Social network. (n.d.e). Wikipedia.
Social computing. (n.d.f). Wikipedia.
United States Air Force, Public Health Source.  What is epidemiology? 7. Longitudinal studies.
Longitudinal study.  (n.d.g). Wikipedia.

Unit 10


Required Readings
O’Brien, R. (1998). An overview of the methodological approach of action research.

Unit 11


Required Readings
Huntrods, R. (2005a). Project management notes.
Huntrods, R.   (2005b). Gantt chart notes.
KIDASA Software.   (n.d.). Gantt charts.
Huntrods, R.   (2005c). PERT chart notes.
NetMBA Business Knowledge Center. (2002-2010). PERT.
 Information Technology Infrastructure Library. (n.d.a). Wikipedia.
Newcastle University, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. (1999-2009a). Communication skills: Making oral presentations.
Newcastle University, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. (1999-2009b). Poster presentation of research work.
Singh, S.   (2006). Designing effective “PowerPoint Presentations.”
Caprette, D. (1995-2011). Writing research papers.
Handley, E. & Oaks, S. (n.d.). Research room. You may need to copy and paste the link.
Copley, C. Greenberg, L. Handley, E. & Oaks, S. (1995-1996). The writer’s complex. You may need to copy and paste the link.
Comer, D.E.   (n.d.). How to write a dissertation, or bedtime reading for people who do not have time to sleep.
University of Southhampton, Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences.   (n.d.). The importance of your dissertation or project.
Comparison of reference management software.   (n.d.b).  Wikipedia.
Comparison of reference management software. (n.d.b). Wikipedia. 

Unit 12


Required Readings
Links for Assignment 12
Greenberg, S. (2009). Controlled study: Mouse typing on various keyboards.
Other Links for Unit 12
Bowers, B. (2008). Overview of qualitative research methods.
Trochim, W.M.K.   (2006). Qualitative measures.
Qualitative research.   (n.d.). Wikipedia.
Supplementary Readings
Baxter, P. & Jack, S. (2008). Qualitative case study methodology: Study design and implementation for novice researchers. The Qualitative Report, 13(4), 544-559.