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TITLE Research Techniques and Project Management

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Sustainable Energy

DESCRIPTION - Introduction to Literature Review Facilities
- Research Techniques Methodologies
- Management of Research Projects
- Data Analysis and Regression
- Calculation of Errors
- Data Presentation Formats
- How to Write a Good Dissertation
- Techniques for Effective Presentation
- Defending your Work
- Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
- Scientific Paper Preparation

Study-unit Aims:

• To enable the student to become acquainted with research methodologies and facilities;
• To provide sound techniques in measuring and analysing data;
• To facilitate the process of carrying out independent work efficiently and effectively;
• To build up self confidence and attitude to make oral presentations.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- To adopt an independent approach towards identifying and addressing a problem;
- To develop a project and prepare a time frame for the execution of its different stages;
- To learn how to present data results effectively and correctly;
- To learn about presentation techniques;
- To differentiate between the requisites for a dissertation and a scientific paper.

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

- Develop practical experience in developing and managing a research project;
- Acquire the skills to analyse data effectively;
- Develop a sense of self-confidence during oral presentation;
- Train to successfully defend one's opinion.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Leaflets, Videos, Web-based resources
Intelligent Data Analysis, Michael Berthold and David J. Hand (Editors), ISBN 10 3 540 43060 1, Springer-Verlag, 2007

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Robert N. Farrugia
Mario Fsadni
Luciano Mule' Stagno
Charles Emile I. Yousif

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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