Research Methodology

 

Research Methodology

Master Program in Civil Engineering ENGC 6366

 

Course Objectives:

 

To provide an understanding of the process of research management, the development of a research proposal, the execution of research, data collection and analysis, the drawing of conclusions, and the production and presentation of the final report. 

 

Course Aim:

To equip  students with the methodology tools in order to be able to write thesis proposals, to review literature, to choose the data collection method, to analyze data and to write the final report.

 

Teaching Methodology:

            Lectures

            Presentations

            Group discussion

            Case studies

 

Text Book:

 

  1. Dissertation Research and Writing for Construction Student, Naoum, S.G., Butterworth – Heinemann Oxford, 1998.

 

Other References:

  1. Research Methods for Construction, Fellows, R. and A. Liu, Blackwell Science, 1997.
  2. Doing your Research Project, Bell, J., Open University Press, Milton, Keynes, 1993.    

 

 Evaluation

 

  1. Course Project (1) —————————————   30    

 

  1. Presentation ———————————————–  20

 

  1. Course Project (2) —————————————-  40

 

  1. Discussion activities and group works—————–  10

 

Tentative Schedule

No.

Date

Topics

Remarks

1

 

Introduction

 

2

 

Selection a topic and writing the dissertation proposal

 

3

 

Reviewing the literature

 

4

 

Approach to data collection

 

5

 

Techniques for data collection

 

6

 

Questionnaire Construction

 

7

 

Measurements and probability

 

8

 

Analyses of the results

 

9

 

Structuring and writing the dissertation

 

10

 

Examples of dissertation proposals