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Course Name Research Methodology
Course Code 21RM606
Program M. Tech. in Cyber Security Systems & Networks
Semester 2
Credits 2


Unit I: Meaning of Research, Types of Research, Research Process, Problem definition, Objectives of Research, Research Questions, Research design, Approaches to Research, Understanding Theory, Exploratory vs. Confirmatory Research, Experimental vs Theoretical Research, Importance of reasoning in research (Critical thinking vs plagiarism), Integrity 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, Navigating research databases.

Unit III: Experimental research: Understanding valid, scientific ways to test a hypothesis, Development and writing of Hypothesis, Measurement Systems Analysis, Validity of experiments, Statistical Design of Experiments, Field Experiments, Data/Variable Types & Classification, Data collection, Data Visualisation (charting, graphing) (Documentation and Communication skills), Numerical and Graphical Data Analysis: Sampling, Observation, Surveys, Inferential Statistics, and Interpretation of Results.Unit IV: Writing skills: Preparation of 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, familiarity with systems of Error checking: Fact checking, Grammar and language checking, peer checking, review quality.

Unit V: Presentation skills, condensing research in digestible ways, viewing format, smooth delivery of project to uninformed audiences, confidence building, Intellectual property rights (IPR) – patents-copyrights-Trademarks-Industrial design geographical indication. Career skills:

RM is a rigorous technical writing course that is constantly updated to suit the current needs and abilities of students. Students learn multiple skills in designing, conducting and presentingresearch across various mediums; be it via virtual presentations or writing or on technical writing platforms. In addition, they are taught to exercise critical thinking skills to further the research in their chosen field. Instructors aim to widen and deepen students’ knowledge while also equipping them to think creatively and write Ethics of Research- Scientific Misconduct- Forms of Scientific Misconduct, Plagiarism, Unscientific practices in thesis work, Ethics in science effectively.


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

    Technological Age”.Aspen Law & Business; 6 edition July 2012

Course Objectives

  1. CO1.  Academic Writing
  2. CO2.  Effective Communication
  3. CO3.  Academic Editing
  4. CO4.  Reading Comprehension
  5. CO5.  Data Visualization
  6. CO6.  Critical Thinking

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