BTR820 Course Outline

Course Code: BTR820
Course Name: Research Methodologies and Project
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
In the first half of this course the student will be introduced to research methodologies and resources through a series of small research projects. These projects will include summarizing, paraphrasing, analyzing and synthesizing information. In the second half each student will undertake an in-depth research project, under the supervision of a faculty member, on emerging or new technologies, culminating in a formal project presentation. Completed projects will become part of a student's professional portfolio, and will be catalogued and kept at the college for future learners' reference.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTC440 and BTS730
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, hands-on activity and presentations
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall and Winter terms
Learning Outcomes:
- apply appropriate interviewing techniques when requesting information from people
- using standard reliability and validity definitions, determine the reliability/validity of sources
- summarize information effectively
- integrate information from a variety of sources
- translate technical information into a language appropriate for your audience
- identify specialized knowledge through special interest groups or professional organizations
- identify search requirements
- apply knowledge and skills acquired in all other courses to evaluate the technical material researched
- describe how information is organized through the creation of mind map
- find, select and use appropriate sources for research, including libraries, online databases, search engines, and people
- evaluate currently available periodicals, and maintain currency with emerging hardware and service facilities, and especially with changing software development priorities, techniques, and methodologies
- discuss the activities of relevant professional associations
- create a professional research report (hardcopy or web-based)
- review technical documentation and specifications to complete research requirements
- create a formal presentation using appropriate language, visual aids and/or presentation software

Topic Outline:
  •     Defining research needs
  •     Structuring a Research Paper
  •     Evaluating and Managing Research
  •     Effective Writing
  •     Individual Consulation
  •     Interviewing techniques
  •     Presentations
Prescribed Text(s):
Please refer to btr820.adamnorman.com every week for the readings.
We will be using a book and articles linked to from the webpage.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition
by Kate L. Turabian
published by University Of Chicago Press (2013)
ISBN 978-0226816388
Reference Material:
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  •     Pass the final exam
  •     Pass the weighted average of the exam and all other assessments

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Tests & Exercises (4) 25%
Assignments (2) 25%
In-class Presentation 10%
Research Paper 30%
Peer Review 10%

Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.
Discrimination and Harassment:
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.
Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
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