Synopses & Reviews
This second edition guides the reader through successful planning and implementation of a thesis project and provides students in computer science and information systems with all the advice they need. The reader-friendly text offers a simple step-by-step guide to the key processes involved using an approach that has been tried and tested by the authors over a number of years. A new chapter on Information-seeking and use and a subsection entitled Improve your learning (and grade) have been added to strengthen the material on how to search for relevant literature and also how to validate it. In addition, this comprehensive and easy-to-follow text has been fine tuned and updated wherever appropriate. Features and topics: • Developing your project proposal • Developing the problem description • Following objectives • Presenting and analysing your data • Drawing conclusions • Presenting and defending your work • Preparing the final version of your report As well as being an essential purchase for students in computer science and information systems, this clear and concise aid also contains lots of useful information for supervisors and examiners, including guidelines on how to review a thesis project. "...mandatory reading for all students embarking on their final year project. Easy to read, loaded with good advice and filled with to-the-point examples, it covers in a step-by-step fashion each and every aspect that readers might be looking for. Whether you have a bachelor, master or Ph.D thesis ahead of you, I strongly recommend you first study this excellent text." Prof. Dr. Klaus Dittrich, Department of Information Technology, University of Zurich, Switzerland " This book... presents a very clear exposition of basic research concepts that are often taken for granted and assumed to be part of common knowledge. It will be very useful reading for anyone undertaking research." Prof. Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick, Ireland
This superbly useful book provides computing and information technology students with all the tools necessary to successfully complete a final year research project. Based on extensive practical experience, it offers a simple step-by-step guide to the key processes involved.
You're a computing or information student with a huge mountain to climb - that final-year research project. Don't worry, because with this book guardian angels are at hand, in the form of four brilliant academics who will guide you through the process. The book provides you with all the tools necessary to successfully complete a final year research project. Based on an approach that has been tried and tested on over 500 projects, it offers a simple step-by-step guide to the key processes involved. Not only that, but the book also contains lots of useful information for supervisors and examiners including guidelines on how to review a final year project.
Table of Contents
Part I: Concepts.- Introduction.- Computer Science and Information Systems Research Projects.- Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships.- Part II: Process.- The Process: An Overview.- Developing your Project Proposal.- References and Citations.- Developing your Aim.- Developing your Objectives and Choosing Methods.- Following the Objectives.- Presenting and Analysing your Data.- Drawing your Conclusions and Identifying Future Work.- Presenting and Defending your Work Orally.- Part III: Supplements.- Information Seeking and Use.- The Report.- Examination.- Bibliography.- Appendix.- Index.