Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ENR5006

 
TITLE Research Methods for Engineering

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Faculty of Engineering

 
DESCRIPTION The study-unit develops the generic research skills of students following postgraduate studies in engineering. These skills comprise techniques for understanding and defining a research problem, seeking knowledge from various sources, critically evaluating research publications and data analysis.

Study-unit Aims:

The overall aim of the study-unit is to impart to students the fundamental skills required to indulge in scientific and technical research. Such skills include techniques for understanding and defining a research problem, seeking knowledge from various sources, critically evaluating research publications, writing research reports and documentation and performing data analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Recognise research as a process of investigation, discovery, analysis, understanding and development of new knowledge by illustrating and describing appropriate examples of such cases;
- Identify and select the generic skills required to indulge in research activities by applying them effectively to fulfil research objectives;
- Present systematically results by means of standard research methodology.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Define research problems and frame research hypotheses;
- Search for existing knowledge from various sources;
- Evaluate and critically appraise research publications;
- Compile a literature review;
- Collect, analyse and evaluate experimental data;
- Write research proposals and technical papers or reports.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Doing Science: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research, Ivan Valiela, Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition, 2000.
- H. F. Ebel, C. Bliefert, W. E. Russey, The Art of Scientific Writing: From Student Reports to Professional Publications in Chemistry and Related Fields, Wiley VCH, USA (ISBN: 978-3-527-29829-7).

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Literature Review See note below Yes 20%
Report See note below Yes 20%
Essay See note below Yes 20%
Analysis Task See note below Yes 40%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

 
LECTURER/S Nathaniel Barbara
Philip Farrugia (Co-ord.)
Maurice Grech
John Licari

 
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