IS2206 Research Methods in Computer Systems Engineering 7.5 credits

Forskningsmetoder för datorsystemteknik

You will learn to critically review and value recent research results in computer systems engineering. You will also get knowledge about the methods and tools used for experimental computer system research.

The student will after this course be able to:

  • Describe what constitutes a successful research study
  • Know about the most important publication fora for research papers in computer systems engineering
  • Search for related research in publication databases, search engines and patent databases
  • Identify weaknesses and strengths in recent research articles in the subject
  • Generalize results from a research paper to related research problems
  • Formulate researchproblems based on a previous study
  • Formulate a hypothesis given a research problem
  • Plan experiment needed to support a hypothesis
  • Carry out aliterature study within the field of a research problem

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Studies and oral presentation of a recent research paper with in the area of computer systems or computer architecture.
  • What is good research and suitable research problems. 
  • Subject specific information search methods.  
  • Research ethics. 
  • Project with planning of a research study based on a previously studied research paper.

Intended learning outcomes *

The student will after this course be able to:

  • Describe what constitutes a successful research study
  • Know about the most important publication fora for research papers in computer systems engineering
  • Search for related research in publication databases, search engines and patent databases
  • Identify weaknesses and strengths in recent research articles in the subject
  • Generalize results from a research paper to related research problems
  • Formulate research problems based on a previous study
  • Formulate a hypothesis given a research problem
  • Plan experiment needed to support a hypothesis
  • Carry out a literature study within the field of a research problem

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge in computer systems architecture corresponding to IS2202 Computer systems architecture.

Equipment

Individual portable computer is needed to follow the course properly.

Literature

Research papers and other publicly available material.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • GRA1 - Peer Review, 0.8 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • NÄR1 - 75% Presence, 0.7 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Planning, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Presentation, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

75 % active presence on lectures- oral presentation of recent research paper- oral and written presentation of research plan- peer review of research plan

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Mats Brorsson

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ICT/Software and Computer Systems

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

IS2205 Individual studies in computer systems

Master’s project in Electronic and Computer systems

Contact

Brorsson, Mats

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

The course is canceled for spring term 2009.

The course will not be offered any more.