Course Title: 
Research Methodology
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Engineering

'Research Methodology' is a course offered in the M. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus.

Unit I:

Meaning of Research, Types of Research, Research Process, Problem definition, Objectives of Research, Research Questions, Research design, Approaches to Research, Quantitative vs. Qualitative Approach, Understanding Theory, Building and Validating Theoretical Models, Exploratory vs. Confirmatory Research, Experimental vs Theoretical Research, Importance of reasoning in research.

Unit II:

Problem Formulation, Understanding Modeling & Simulation, Conducting Literature Review, Referencing, Information Sources, Information Retrieval, Role of libraries in Information Retrieval, Tools for identifying literatures, Indexing and abstracting services, Citation indexes

Unit III:

Experimental Research: Cause effect relationship, Development of Hypothesis, Measurement Systems Analysis, Error Propagation, Validity of experiments, Statistical Design of Experiments, Field Experiments, Data/Variable Types & Classification, Data collection, Numerical and Graphical Data Analysis: Sampling, Observation, Surveys, Inferential Statistics, and Interpretation of Results

Unit IV:

Preparation of Dissertation and Research Papers, Tables and illustrations, Guidelines for writing the abstract, introduction, methodology, results and discussion, conclusion sections of a manuscript. References, Citation and listing system of documents

Unit V:

Intellectual property rights (IPR) - patents-copyrights-Trademarks-Industrial design geographical indication. Ethics of Research- Scientific Misconduct- Forms of Scientific Misconduct. Plagiarism, Unscientific practices in thesis work, Ethics in science

  • Bordens, K. S. and Abbott, B. B., “Research Design and Methods – A Process Approach”, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011
  • C. R. Kothari, “Research Methodology – Methods and Techniques”, 2nd Edition, New Age International Publishers
  • Davis, M., Davis K., and Dunagan M., “Scientific Papers and Presentations”, 3rd Edition, Elsevier Inc.
  • Michael P. Marder,“ Research Methods for Science”, Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • T. Ramappa, “Intellectual Property Rights Under WTO”, S. Chand, 2008
  • Robert P. Merges, Peter S. Menell, Mark A. Lemley, “Intellectual Property in New Technological Age”. Aspen Law & Business; 6 edition July 2012