Subject Code: ERM7116
Objective 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
  • Peter Bock, “Getting It Right : R&D Methods for Science and Engineering, 2001 (Textbook)
  • Ranjit Kumar. "Research Methodology" Longman, 1996.
  • Lindsay D. “A Guide to Scientific Writing” Longman, 1995.
  • Ralph Berry. “How to write a Research Paper”, Pergamon, 1986.
  • Harry Wolcott. “Writing up Qualitative Research”, 1990.
  • Gerson S J and Gerson S M. “Technical Writing Process and Product”, Prentice Hall, 1992
  • Coley S M and Scheinberg C A, "Proposal Writing", Newbury Sage Publications, 1990
  • Chacko G K, “Pre-PH.D. Proposal Preparation: Problem Formation & Formulation”, Thomson Learning, 2004.
  • Phillips, Estelle, “How to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors”, Open University Press, 2005
Learning Outcome of Subject: At the completion of the subject, students should have attained the following:
  • Describe the concept of research and its definition.
  • Prepare a good research proposal based on the literature survey and identifying the objectives, validity of the work, its conclusion and identify possible future work.
  • Identify and design a research plan to tackle the problem statement in terms of different approaches, theories, research milestone, qualitative & quantitative methods to use.
  • Demonstrate the concept of experimental design where student will know suitable method to use in collecting the data and methods to analyse the data
  • Write a good project report.
Attributes of graduates

% of contribution

  • Ability to apply the learned principles creatively in identifying problems and formulating solutions utilizing state-of-the-art knowledge and technology based on a system approach


  • Problem-solving capability and independence with positive R&D attitude and culture among practicing engineers


  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning and development


Assessment Scheme:
Tutorial / Assignment
  • Group assignment
  • Preparation of research proposal
  • The training is graded as “Pass” or “Fail”


Final Exam
  • Written exam


Course Contents