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#br:#center:#copy: Fontys Venlo: dept of Software Engineering and Business Informatics#-

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#center:#color:#008800;This eBook site is for students at the 
#br:software engineering department of 
#br:'Fontys Hogeschool Techniek & Logistiek' at Venlo
#br:The course is intended for second year students.#-#br:#br:

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  #dt:Course info:#-
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    #li:Module: Applied Research (APPL)#-
    #li:Semester: 4#-
    #li:Credits: 3#-
    #li:Teacher: Christiane Holz (HLZ)#-
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  #dt:More Info#-
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        #li:module description:
           #url:files/modulebeschrijving_appl_nl.pdf|dutch#-
           #url:files/moduledescription_appl_en.pdf|english#-
           #url:files/Modulbeschreibung_appl_de.pdf|german#-
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  #dt:Course Book:#-
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      #image:images/9789047300649_omslag.jpg#-
      #br:Nel Verhoeven: 
      #br:#url:http://www.doingresearch.nl/|web site#-,
      #br:ISBN 978 90 473 0064 9#br:
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  #dt:Google books:#-
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     #ul:
     #li:#url:http://books.google.nl/books?id=ItKeqNfgNW0C&pg=PA77&dq=books+about+doing+research&client=firefox-a&sig=ACfU3U2YahAvB78X723eqpEHGn2KBiTAgA#PPR7,M1|The Essential Guide to Doing Research by Zina O'Leary#-
     #li:#url:http://books.google.nl/books?id=fwg0Ki5ImIwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=methods+for+research+techniQUES&lr=&client=firefox-a&sig=ACfU3U2k2LV15wSVbjMN9EfBKI19tksy8w#PPA27,M1|Practical Research Methods by Catherine Dawson#-
     #li:#url:http://books.google.com/books?id=LDWjiMZ0_wsC&pg=PA1&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false|Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten by Helmut Balzert e.a.#-
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#p1:#size:14pt;#b:Purpose and reasons for research.#-#-

#dl:#dt:Research because ...#-
    #dd:Research is everywhere, many journalists do it in some way or another and you see the results in the news: newspapers, television, internet.
        And of course there are researchers. But you as a student will encounter small or a bit bigger research questions,
        especially during internships and batchelor thesis work.
        Questions like: #i:What is the best framework for the realisation of my design?#-.  
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    #dt:Research is ...#-
    #dd:The process parts: planning, preparing and executing a research finds its equivalents in a typical software process, which always contains the parts: 
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        #ol:#li:Analysis#-#li:Design#-#li:Realisation#-
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        New in this perspective is the demarcation process.
        As in a software development process, there is a client, a customer, which has a problem to be solved, in the form of a #i:central research question#-.
        In research or project speak: you are the commissionee and the client is the commissioner. (Compare: employee - employer.)#br:
        
        But the essence of doing research is that: #i:you enter unknown territory!#-
        And as a consequence, an #b:exact#- formulation of the requirements for the end product is impossible.
        The demarcation process eliminates this uncertainty and for the researcher it is the method by which he/she is able to control the time budget!
        The range of control is of course depending on the accuracy by which the reserach goals were stated.
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    #dt:Good research is quality ...
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        The downside is that many research projects have interesting results, but errors or even fraud are not so easy to find.
        Sometimes a scientific researcher is uncovered after years of fraudful research.
        The reverse is true for software projects: each year many stories can be found about software projects that are a complete disaster, or about
        products that fail. That does not mean that software projects are of lower quality as compared to research projects, but it shows that research is
        not as easy to test as software is. Many research projects are not well documented, which results in the fact that they can not be verified:
        the information to redo the research is lacking. 
        Of course software projects are also not always well documented, but not meeting the goals is easy to establish!
        In our research course we try to avoid these too common mistakes in doing research.
        We restrict our course to practical research, so we do not aim at scientific research.
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        #li:See slides and book.
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        #li:Monday 9 February: excercises of week 1.
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        #li:Monday 16 February: excercises of week 2.
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        #li:Lecture 1: #url:slides/appl-1.pdf|slides#-
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        #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h1_the_purpose_of_research.pdf|slides chapter 1#- 
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        #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h2_reasons_for_research.pdf|slides chapter 2#-
           : the reasons for research
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        #li:#url:files/PracticalResearch_PlanningAndDesign_By_Paul-D-Leedy_Chap1-WhatIsResearch.pdf|What is research?
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    #li:Lecture 2: #url:slides/appl-2.pdf|slides#-
    #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h3_demarcating_the_research.pdf|slides chapter 3#-
          : demarcating the research
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#p:#b:#i:Project: proposal#-#-
    #ul:
        #li:Pick your own topic for a research project. See page 44 of the course book.
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        #li:Find a research topic and prepare the content for a proposal.  
            See chapter 6 of the book by: #url:http://books.google.nl/books?id=fwg0Ki5ImIwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=methods+for+research+techniQUES&lr=&client=firefox-a&sig=ACfU3U2k2LV15wSVbjMN9EfBKI19tksy8w#PPA27,M1|Catherine Dawson.
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    #li:Lecture 3: #url:slides/appl-3.pdf|slides#-
    #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/	h4_modes_of_research.pdf|slides chapter 4#-
          : demarcating the research
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#p:#b:#i:Project: make proposal continued#-#-
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        #li:Write your research proposal.
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        #li:Upload your proposal as a pdf document in peerweb.
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    #li:Lecture 4: #url:slides/appl-4.pdf|slides#-
    #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h5_specifying_data_collecting_methods.pdf|slides chapter 5#-
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    #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h6_collecting_data.pdf|slides chapter 6#-
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    #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h7a_univariate_analysis.pdf|slides chapter 7 a#-
          : univariate analysis
    #li:Verhoeven: #url:slides/h7b_bivariate_analysis.pdf|slides chapter 7 b#-
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    #li:Doing the research!#-
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