04-701   Research Methods in Engineering

Location: Africa

Units: 6

Semester Offered: Spring

Course description

This course provides an overview of research methodology including the fundamental concepts employed in designing and conducting research in the engineering field. The course will help students develop an understanding of the research process, ethical considerations in research, and the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods.

Learning objectives

Students will learn how to:

  • Plan and design a research project
  • Identify a research problem and sub-problems
  • Conduct a literature review
  • Determine a methodology for answering the questions presented
  • Develop hypotheses regarding the expected results


At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the processes of research
  • Conducting a state-of-the-art literature review
  • Employ popular formats for citations
  • Develop a research design
  • Explain the rationale for research ethics
  • Write research proposal, and report

Content details

Research process

  • What is research
  • Objective and motivation of research
  • Type and structure of research
  • Research ethics

Research problem

  • Problem definition
  • Research questions
  • Literature review

Research design and methods

  • Research design
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research tools
  • Research presentation
  • Academic writing
  • Academic integrity




Edwin Mugume