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INFSCI 3005 - Introduction to Doctoral Program

(Fall 2009, CRN 25970)

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Course Materials

The materials for the future lectures are "best guess" and provided for better planning

Lecture Lecture Topics Faculty Profile Readings Assignments

August 31, 2009

Lecture 1

Part I: Introduction to this class
Part II: The Structure of the IS PhD program at SIS


Video: Race to Catch a Buckyball

Alan Bundy, Ben du Boulay, Jim Howe and Gordon Plotkin (1985) The Researcher's Bible

September 7, 2009

Labor Day



September 14, 2009

Lecture 2

Planning your Doctoral Studies


Hassan Karimi

David Chapman (1988) How to do Research At the MIT AI Lab

Marie desJardins (1994) How to Be a Good Graduate Student
Also published as How to succeed in graduate school: a guide for students and advisors Crossroads,Volume 14 , Issue 4 (June 2008) Pages 5-9

Diana Bental (1992) Thesis prevention: Advice to phd supervisors AISB Quarterly No. 80


September 21, 2009

Lecture 3


A Broader view on Your Research Life

Video: Desires and Diversions. Allan Newell


Peter Brusilovsky


Richard Hamming. You And Your Research. Transcription of the Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar, 7 March 1986


September 28, 2009

Lecture 4


The Working of Scientific Enterprise


Sherry Koshman

David Goodstein How Science Works

How Science Really Works, University of California, Berkeley

J. Paul Peter & Jerry C. Olson. Is Science Marketing? Journal of Marketing, 47, 111-125, 1983


October 5, 2009

Lecture 5

How to Find a Research Topic


Video: Creativity and Scientific Discovery Herbert A. Simon

Daqing He

Shigeto Kawahara Finding research topics Rutgers University

Robert Hampel In Search of New Frontiers: How Scholars Generate Ideas. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Monday, October 5, 2009


October 13, 2009 (Tuesday!)

Lecture 6


Reference and Search Tools


Stephen Hirtle

Thomson Reuters Web of Science Tutorial

University of North Carolina EndNote Tutorial

Wikipedia Impact Factor

Magazine summary: Dudas

October 19, 2009

Special location: 1st Floor Conference Room

Lecture 7

Writing Grant Proposals


Rosta Farzan (recent graduate)


Susan Finger Advice on Writing
Proposals to the National Science Foundation

Simon Peyton Jones, Alan BundyWriting a good grant proposal

National Science Foundation A Guide for Proposal Writing

Locke L F, Spirduso W W, & Silverman S J. (1999). Proposals that work (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Magazine summary: Baracaldo

October 26, 2009

Lecture 8

Writing Research Articles


Becker, Howard. (1986). Writing for Social Scientists. Chicago, Chicago University Press.

Richardson, Laurel. (1990). Writing Strategies: Reaching Diverse Audiences. Sage Publications

Zerubavel, Eviatar. (1999). The clockwork muse: A practical guide to writing theses, dissertations and books. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

Murray, R. (2002). How to write a thesis. Buckingham, Open University Press.

Dunleavy, Patrick. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft ,write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. London, Palgrave.

Magazine summary: Chien

November 2, 2009

Lecture 9

Teaching skills


Jung Sun Oh

Wilbert J. McKeachie (1978). "Teaching Tips: A Guidebook for the Beginning College Teacher." Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath & Co.,17th edition

Research Idea Paper Due

Magazine summary: Ghafourian

November 9, 2009

Lecture 10


Time Management

Video: Time Management, Randy Pausch

Geoffrey C. Bowker

Peter R Drucker Managing Oneself Harward Business Review

David Allen (2002) Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.Penguin


November 16, 2009

Lecture 11


Peer Review


Prashant Krishnamurthy

Juan Miguel Campanario (1996) Have Referees Rejected Some of the Most-Cited Articles of All Times? Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 47(4):302-310, 1996

Bruce D. Shriver (1990) The Benefits of Quality Refereeing. IEEE Computer, pages 10-16, April 1990

Alan Jay Smith (1990) The Task of the Referee. IEEE Computer, pages 65-71, April 1990

Keith Stweard Thomson (1994) Scientific Publishing: An Embarrassment of Riches. American Scientist, 82, 508-511, 1994

White Paper Due

Magazine summary: Lee, Jin

November 23, 2009

Lecture 12


Career Planning


Vladimir Zadorozhny

Paul Gray, David E. Drew (2008) What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career. Stylus: Sterling, VA

Magazine summary: Ma

November 30, 2009

Lecture 13



James Joshi



December 7, 2009

Lecture 14


Ethics in Science

Paul Munro


Research Paper Summary Due

Peer Review Due

Research Paper Summary Presentation

December 14, 2009

Lecture 15





Final version of research proposal due

Research Proposal Presentation

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