CS 5014: Research Methods in Computer Science
Fall 2001

Instructor: Dr. Cal Ribbens, 632 McBryde, ribbens@vt.edu, Office Hours: MWF, 1:00-2:00.

Prerequisite: CS graduate student standing. Note: 5014 will not count toward the required number of courses for a coursework-only M.S. degree.

Texts: Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, N.J. Higham, SIAM, 1998. (Required)
           The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis, R. Jain, Wiley, 1991. (Recommended)

Web page: http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~cs5014.

Course goals: (from the official course description)

Grading: grades will be assigned based on a point system described in more detail here. This system is designed to be flexible and to encourage students to do things that well benefit them as they begin their research activities in the department.

Tentative schedule:

Topic Weeks
Introduction 1.5
The literature 1.5
Research approaches, methods, tools 5
Communicating results 5
Special topics 2

Virginia Tech Graduate Honor Code applies: the work you turn in must be your own. See http://fbox.vt.edu/studentinfo/gradhonor/ for details regarding the Graduate Honor Code.

Note: if any student needs special accommodations because of a disability, please contact the instructor during the first week of classes.