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In every almost every sphere of human activity, methods have been devised to assure the validity and verifiability of the things that people do. Amongst other matters, the MSc in Human Communication and Computing is concerned with design activities carried out by software engineers (including modular decomposition of a problem and programming) and by empirical investigators (including definition of observational phenomena and data gathering). How does the idea of design in programming compare to the idea of design in an empirical study? You should pay attention to the concepts of procedure, dependency, variable and factor as they are used in each sense. You should consider whether there is an equivalent to a set of hypotheses in the design and implementation of a computer program. You should also consider whether there are equivalents of programming objects in the design and prosecution of an empirical study.



Marina De Vos 2004-10-28