Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe the key elements in the design of research programs
  2. appreciate the diversity of possible research methods and their purposes to enable a selection of a method for a particular project
  3. plan the data collection and research method for a small project
  4. apply skills in gathering and analysing information
  5. apply skills and knowledge of the methods for writing effectively for research degrees.
  • Topics

    • 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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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 - Assignment 1 - 1000 words (15%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 3 - 1500 words (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 2 - 2000 words (45%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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