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Research Learning and Problem Formulation
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Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering

'Research Learning and Problem Formulation' is a course offered in fourth semester of M. C. A. (Master of Computer Applications) program at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Research: Meaning, Purpose, Types of Research, Steps in Research, Identification, Selection and Formulation of Research Problem, Research Questions, Research Design, Formulation of Hypothesis, Review of Literature.Internet as a source in identifying gap areas from literature reviews and emerging trends.Sampling Technique: Types of Sampling, Steps in Sampling, Sample Size, Advantages and Limitations of Sampling. Data for Research: Primary Data, Collection Methods, Observation, Interview, Questionnaire, Pretest-Pilot test, Experimental and Case Studies, Secondary Data, Relevance, Limitations and Cautions. Processing Data: Checking, Editing, Coding, Transcriptions and Tabulation. Data Analysis- Meaning and Methods- Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis. Statistical Tables, Diagrams and Graphs, Measures of Averages, Measures of Dispersion, Correlation Analysis and Regression Analysis.

Familiarization of Spreadsheet Tools, Presentation Tools and Writing Tools, Structuring the Report, Pagination, Identification, Presenting Footnotes, Abbreviations, Presentation of Tables and Figures- Referencing- Use and Format of Appendices, Indexing. Research Report: Types of Reports- Styles of Reporting- Steps in Drafting Reports-Editing and Evaluating the Final Draft.Developing a Proposal and Working in a Research Team.Critical Appraisal of Published Research: Guidelines for Appraisal. Ethical Issues, Copyright, Royalty, Intellectual Property Rights and Patent Law, Reproduction of Published Material, Citation and Acknowledgement.

  • CR Kothari: “Research Methodology-Methods and Techniques”, New Age International Publishers, 2004
  • Jacques Barzun, Henry F. Graff: “The Modern Researcher” Edition 6, Wadsworth Inc Fulfillment, 2003
  • Carlo Lastrucci, The Scientific Approach: Basic Principles of the Scientific Method (Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman, 1967)