Department: MSc Cybersecurity Science and Applications
Module Description: This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the methodologies and skills required to conduct Informatics research. It focuses on understanding the nature of Informatics and Informatics research, formulating research questions, and developing hypotheses. This module will delve into defining research objectives and scope and selecting suitable research methods and tools. It also provides a significant focus on research evaluation and assessment, such as criteria for assessing Informatics research, validity, reliability, and generalizability of research findings, and assessing research impact and significance. The module offers practical research advice and numerous essential research skills, including reading, reviewing, presenting, and writing.
There is no textbook. We will rely on web resources and papers. Below are recommended readings.
Kitchenham, B. A., Pfleeger, S. L., Pickard, L. M., Jones, P.W., Hoaglin, D. C., El Emam, K. & Rosenberg, J. (2002). Preliminary guidelines for empirical research in software engineering. IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering, vol. 28(8), pp. 721-734.
Neideen, T. & Brasel, K. (2007). Understanding statistical tests. Journal of surgical education, vol. 64(2), pp. 93-96.
Introduction to Hypothesis testing http://wise.cgu.edu/hypomod/
Introduction to Mathematical Arguments http://math.berkeley.edu/~hutching/teach/proofs.pdf