Research Methods for Engineers
RMIT University Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Area of Study
Taught In English
Host University Units12
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
Research methods are critical aspects of engineering professional practice and scholarship. This course will provide an overview with applied exercises of best practice in addressing an engineering challenge in a systematic manner, evaluating background literature, adhering to ethics, documentation strategies, and communication in the form of both concise as well as detailed written reports, and oral and written communication of complex engineering concepts to a general audience.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1.4) Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.6) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.4) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1) Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.4) Professional use and management of information.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Understand the concept of research and the circumstances under which formal research is required in the field of engineering
- Approach engineering research problems in a structured and strategic manner
- Undertake an effective literature review to learn the background material required for the research project and also to identify the current state of the art
- Communicate the findings of a literature review following the accepted standards and traditions of engineering disciplines – especially with regard to referencing
- Prepare and communicate a formal research proposal including a plan, a convincing justification for the research and formal placement of this research within the context of the current state of the art
- Understand and describe the ethical obligations associated with conducting research
- Identify many different forms of plagiarism and ethical breaches
- Appreciate the impact and importance of ethics in engineering research
- Understand and be able to implement best practices in data management
- Appreciate the value of data management for the protection of intellectual property
- Appreciate the role of intellectual property in commercialisation of engineering
- Demonstrate communication skills (written and oral) to explain an engineering research exercise to specialist and non-specialist audiences with motivation, approach, justification, and key outcomes.
Overview of Learning Activities
The course will provide an interactive learning experience through lectures with significant tutorial and workshop-style content.
Overview of Learning Resources
You will be provided with detailed lecture and tutorial content as learning resources. This will be supported by supplementary (non-assessable) reading material to enhance the learning outcomes. Course content will made available online.
Overview of Assessment
- Assessment Task 1: Mini literature review- Weighting 15%
- Assessment Task 2: Literature review- Weighting 35%
- Assessment Task 3: Research proposal- Weighting 50%