Computing before computers by William Aspray

By William Aspray

Aspray W., members W. Aspray... et al. (eds.) Computing ahead of desktops (Iowa nation college Press, 1990)(ISBN 0813800471)(600dpi)(T)(275s)

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These topics may be further sub-divided into more specific topics to aid the more specialist researcher or expert distinguish aspects of the field. n Approach. Approach represents the research methods employed as part of the research process – for example, case study, experiment and survey. These methods are discussed in more detail in the following section. n Nature. The type of contribution that research makes to knowledge depends upon its nature. Sharp et al. (2002: 15–16) identify three categories that can be used to classify the nature of research: Category 1.

What might be acceptable to the company may not have sufficient academic rigour for your course requirements. If your supervisor is advising you to take your project in one direction (academically challenging) and the company wants you to take the project in a different direction, it can be difficult to reconcile the differences. Secondly, industry contacts are not always stable or reliable. Sometimes companies go bust, are taken over, departments close down, staff are moved on, people resign or retire.

If you have some pre-defined, structured questions, can you simply note the response on your questionnaire? Would it be appropriate to record the interview? Sometimes recording an interview can stifle the openness of the interviewee. You will need to get their permission to do this. n Confidentiality. Not only must you guarantee the interviewee’s confidentiality if appropriate, but you may also need to consider whether the information they are providing is confidential to their company too. In this case you may need to arrange some sort of confidentiality clause or disclosure agreement with the company beforehand.

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