Pharos University in Alexandria Faculty of Engineering HU 164 Research Methods and Techniques

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Course Outline

Prof. Dr. Abdelsamie Moet Spring 2012/13

What is?

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• This course is Research Methods and Techniques

• That is Scientific Research Method and Technique
• It is NOT engineering design
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What is?
• Scientific Research

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is an attempt to answer a question which has no known* answer

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Scientific Research and Engineering Design

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HU 164 Research Methods and Techniques
The course addresses effective methods of research. Students learn how to arrange their ideas and how to present them properly, with emphasis on scientific and technical tools.

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Learning Outcomes
• The main objectives of this course are to help students:
– To identify and define a research problem; – To develop and write a research proposal for their discipline area; – To use information systems effectively;

– To write a critical review of the relevant literature;
– To choose and apply an appropriate experimental design to a particular research problem, if required; – To understand and apply a range of standard techniques for data acquisition; – To prepare a well written and concise research report

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Research

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User

Both must learn what is “Good Research”

None

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1 HR Self-learning Presentation

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Grades

• Quizzes • Research Proposal • Intra-term Exam • Final Exam
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Text Book
• Research Methodology: An Introduction, Wayne Goddard, Stuart Melville, Juta Academic Press, N.Y., 2004

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Lecture Topics
• • • • • Lecture 1: Lecture 2: Lecture 3: Lecture 4: Lecture 5: Course Outline Information Literacy Definitions Problem Definition Research Planning/ Cost & Milestones Data Acquisition and Error Analysis Data Analysis Communicating Research Research Ethics and Intellectual Property
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Reference Books
• Lindsay D. “A Guide to Scientific Writing” Longman, 1995 • Coley S M and Scheinberg C A, "Proposal Writing", Newbury Sage Publications, 1990 • Ralph Berry. “How to write a Research Paper”, Pergamon, 1986 • Alley, Michael, The Craft of Scientific Writing, 3rd edition (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996

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