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    Engineering Research Methods
    ENGG S950F
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    Engineering Research Methods

    Course Coordinator: Dr Steven Choy, BEng (Hons), PhD (HK PolyU); MIEEE

    The course aims to provide the know-how for the learner to conduct engineering research using a structured and systematic approach, based on the traditional methods of literature survey, critical evaluation of state of the art developments in a chosen discipline, identification of problems for research, formulation of the method to solve the problem, formulation of the performance criteria to evaluate the solution, comparison of the solution with other existing solutions, if any, and the documentation of the research for internal use and for publication.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Literature search and survey, library skills

    • Evaluation and review of prior work

    • Methodologies to identify a research problem: Innovation, improvement, enhancement

    • Research methods for different types of research projects

    • Mathematical analysis, modelling, simulation, experimentation

    • Designing performance criteria, and evaluation of outcomes

    • Research papers, reports and research grant application preparation

    • Ethics, safety and occupational health, and environmental and intellectual property issues related to research and development projects

    • Preparation of a research proposal

    Learning support
    There will be around 20 two-hour consultation/tutorial sessions.

    Course assessment includes two assignments and a final report, which constitutes the exam component.

    Set book(s)
    Leedy, P D and Ormrod, J E (2005) Practical Research: Planning and Design, 8th edn, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

    Winkler, A C, McCuen, J R (2007) Writing the Research Paper: A Handbook, 7th edn, Beverly, MA: Wadsworth Publishing.

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