Up: Essay (30 points)
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