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Recommended Citation: Seyed-Abbassi, B.  Practical Aspects of Promoting Research in a Graduate Course.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §2544. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(113). ISSN: 1545-679X.)

Practical Aspects of Promoting Research in a Graduate Course

Refereed7 pages
Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of North Florida    [u1] [u2]
Jacksonville, Florida, USA    [c1] [c2]

The introduction and reinforcement of skills related to communication and research are vital components that need to be incorporated into the course structure of undergraduate and graduate programs related to computer technology. Practical utilization of these skills is essential for students to develop their critical thinking proficiency, to understand how to assess a particular domain, to enhance decision making expertise, and to share their work through written documentation and verbal communication. However, this incorporation often presents a challenge since the emphasis in many computer and information systems/science courses is frequently focused on implementation proficiency. An approach that provides an opportunity for students within a topic-oriented class setting to learn the basics of research, while at the same time develop oral and written communication skills through presentations and documentation of a research project is presented. The overall methodology has the potentiality for adaptation in other undergraduate and graduate courses.

Keywords: graduate students, research, pedagogy, project, communication skills, database

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