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About the content

A PhD or master’s level research project is an enormous undertaking, and you might find yourself a bit uncertain about the process or how to achieve the desired outcome. In this research course, you will learn the underlying principles that are needed to conduct research from an engineering perspective.

This course is designed for engineering students conducting postgraduate research work on engineering projects. The objective of the course is to translate current research methods, which are mostly from a social science perspective, into something more relatable and understandable to engineers. Our hope for this course is to go beyond the concepts to understand the actual reasons for doing research in a certain way. While engineers are the main target audience, non-engineers will find this information useful as well.

The methods taught in this course will equip you with the knowledge needed to design, plan and construct your own research process.

What constitutes good research:

  • An understanding of when research is contributing to shared knowledge
  • Design of the research process
  • Dealing with uncertainty in research planning
  • Tools required for creative research

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Prerequisite

The course is aimed at postgraduate engineering research at the masters and doctoral level. However, the content is accessible without any previous learning.

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Syllabus

Week 1: What Constitutes Research?
Week 2: What Makes Your Research a Contribution?
Week 3: Where Does My Research Fit In?
Week 4: Writing as Discovery
Week 5: Argument
Week 6: Planning

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Instructors

Ivan Hofsajer
Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering
University of the Witwatersrand

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University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand is a South African academic institution located in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, in the historic Witwatersrand region. The university is nicknamed "Wits". It is the largest and most prestigious university in South Africa.

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