Master of Engineering in Embedded System

Course Syllabus

Research Methodology

Subject Code: EES7116
The main objectives of this course are to help students:
  • To use information systems effectively.
  • To write a critical review of the relevant literature.
  • To identify a research problem.
  • To develop and write a research proposal for their discipline area.
  • To propose and justify an appropriate research plan for the chosen research problem.
  • To choose and apply an appropriate experimental design to a particular research problem, if required.
  • To understand and apply a range of standard techniques for instrumentation and data acquisition.
  • To prepare a well written and concise research thesis or report.
Pre-Requisite: None
Credit Hours: 3
Learning Outcomes: At the completion of the subject, students should be able to:
  • Conduct literature survey for a given research problem
  • Devise strategic research plan to solve a research problem
  • Analyse and interpret data gathered from field studies or experiments
  • Write research report
  • Write a good project report
Programme Outcomes: Contribution to programme outcomes:
  • Possess the passion for acquiring knowledge in embedded system (20%)
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning and development (80%)
Assessment Scheme: Assignment (100%)
  • Ranjit Kumar. "Research Methodology" Longman, 1996.

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    Definition of research; Introduction to academic research and contemporary research in Engineering and Technology. Application of Research. Definitions of Research. Characteristics of Research. Types of Research. The Research Process. Research Ethics.

  • Research Identification
    Identification of topics of interest. Collection of relevant materials. Group discussion Reviewing the literature. Identifying the objectives of the study and validity of the conclusions. Identification of further works. Preparation of research proposal.

  • Designing a Research Plan
    The problem statement; Different approaches; Developing and testing hypotheses; Use of theory; Limitation of the study; Quantitative and Qualitative methods of research; Selecting tools; Setting milestone and analyzing the achievements.

  • Instrumentation for data collection and Sampling
    Experimental design and analysis; Instrumentation and data acquisition; Selecting a Method for Data Collection. Establishing the Validity and Reliability of a Research Instrument. Sampling.

  • Data collection and processing
    Considering Ethical Issues in Data Collection; Processing. Data analysis technique. Displaying Data. Conclusion.

  • Writing a Research Report
    Research Writing in General. Referencing. Writing a Bibliography. Developing an Outline. Writing About a Variable.