Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : CH6531 : Research Methodology {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Sujit Sen


Principles of Research ethics: Research misconduct, Objectives and unbiased approach, Accuracy and Authenticity of Results, Plagiarism, Copyright, Honest usage of software, Repetitive reporting of Research outcome, Authorship, Informed Consent, Legality and Decency, Supervisor-student relationship, supervisor-supervisor relationship Research code of conduct responsibilities of administrative bodies.
Research policy: Principles Concerning research Openness in research Academic Freedom Research Support Responsibility towards fellow researcher Dissemination of Research results Academic Authorship Interdisciplinary research collaborative work with other institutions Conflict of interest. Maintenance of Research data and records: Motivation for instituting the practice of retaining Research Data Purpose behind retaining data Laboratory notebook Guidelines of recording Laboratory data and Maintaining Records Responsibility distribution.
Research Method: Objectives, Types, and Approaches Identification of Research, Problem Research Design: Exploratory, Descriptive, Experimental, Observational Studies & Survey Literature Review Hypotheses Sampling Data Sources Data Collection Tools Data analysis Reliability and Validity Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods Interpretation and Report Writing Writing papers for journals, conference paper, Writing Project proposals.

Course Objectives

  1. At the end of this course, the students should be
    able to understand some basic concepts of research and its methodologies
  2. The students are expected to select and define appropriate research problem and parameters
  3. The students are expected to organize and conduct research in a more appropriate manner
  4. The students are expected to write a research report and thesis

Course Outcomes

The course is intended to provide students involved in research with the following benefits:
(1) Developing ideas on research methods, ethics and policies to carry out research in right spirit.
(2) Learning systematic in literature survey or methodology needed for proper direction in research.
(3) Learning ethics to represent the data or analyze them properly

Essential Reading

  1. Dane, Francis C, Research methods, Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole , 1990
  2. Devlin, Ann Sloan, Research methods: Planning, Conducting and Presenting Research, Belmont, Calif.: Thomson /Wadsworth , 2006

Supplementary Reading

  1. Patrick F. Dunn, Measurement and Data Analysis for Engineering and Science, 2/e, CRC Press , 2010
  2. Ranjit Kumar, Research Methodology: A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners, Sage Publications , 2010