Engineering Research Practice
Create a proposal for a research project drawing on the core elements of research program design. Discuss the range of research methods open to you. Make use of questionnaires, interviews and information databases. Investigate a key engineering issue.
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- 20 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- describe the key elements in the design of research programs
- appreciate the diversity of possible research methods and their purposes to enable a selection of a method for a particular project
- plan the data collection and research method for a small project
- apply skills in gathering and analysing information
- apply skills and knowledge of the methods for writing effectively for research degrees.
- Research design
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Sources of data and data collection procedures
- Measurement strategies
- Questionnaire design
- Interviewing techniques
- Content analysis
- Literature surveys
- Information databases
- Statistical techniques
- Evaluation and writing of research reports, papers and theses
- Development of a research program
- Writing research proposals
- Philosophy of a broad range of research methods
- Research methodology selection
- Interaction of research methodology and type of knowledge developed through the project
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This subject aims to equip you with the fundamental concepts and practice of engineering research and enable you to develop a proposal for a small research project under supervision.
- Assignment 1 - 1000 words (15%)
- Assignment 2 - 2000 words (45%)
- Assignment 3 - 1500 words (40%)
Research Methods for Engineers
David V. Thiel
Practical Research: Planning and Design
Paul D. Leedy, Jeanne Ellis Ormrod