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Introduction meeting to subject TDT39

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These are the slides I used in the introduction to the course TDT39 Empirical research methods. They contain information about course material and deliverables.

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Introduction meeting to subject TDT39

  1. 1. TDT39 Empirical Research Methodology Babak Farshchian Associate professor, IDI, NTNU Name, title of the presentation
  2. 2. What is TDT39? The course is for students who are interested in research in 'real world' settings. You will learn methods for exploring how and why various information/computer systems are designed, implemented and used. Two variants: •IT3010 - Full course mandatory for master of science (Spring term) •TDT39 (this course) - Elective course for M.Techn. (Autumn) •You cannot take both courses!
  3. 3. The thinking man You Other researchers Your research Practice Rigor Relevance
  4. 4. Figure 3.1 in: B. J. Oates, Researching Information Systems and Computing. London: Sage Publications, 2006. The framework
  5. 5. The book Briony J. Oates, Researching Information Systems and Computing. London: Sage Publications, 2006.
  6. 6. An ex-student of the course
  7. 7. An ex-student of the course
  8. 8. Course deliverable • Your research plan for your master thesis. – Version 1.0 ready by end of September. • A template will be provided, along with some example plans. See the web pages. • The template is based on the book. • Contents: – Purpose: Why you want to do this research? What is the relevance? – Contributions: What new knowledge/product will you produce? – Research method: What research strategy/method will you use? – Participants: Who do you need for your research? What resources do you need? – Research paradigm: Is this a positivitst, interpretivist, or critical research project? – Deliverable: What is the form of the final deliverable?
  9. 9. Meetings • We will have 2-3 meetings (to be announced on the web pages). – Next meeting approx. Mid-September to prepare version 1.0 of the plan. – Opportunity to discuss questions. – Opportunity to present your research plan.
  10. 10. What I can do for you • I can answer questions related to the book and to the research plan. • What I cannot do: – I cannot answer questions related to your research project. • Ask your supervisor. – I cannot be available all the time. • Currently contact time is Wednesdays after 13:00, or email me.
  11. 11. The role of your supervisor • The deliverable from TDT39, the research plan, is your plan for your master’s thesis. • Your supervisor needs to be involved. • You need to agree with your supervisor about the content of the plan. • If you are not doing your master thesis this year please let me know!
  12. 12. Course staff • Teacher: Babak Farshchian • Room: 106 IT building ITV • Availability: Wednesdays after 13:00, and on email • See course web pages for more information: http://www.idi.ntnu.no/emner/it3010/ (Shared with course IT3010).