Module Catalogue 2021/22

NUS8104 : Research Method (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Chun Yang Yin
  • Lecturer: Dr Yen Nee Tan
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
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The aim of this module is to introduce students to the research process and to prepare them for their research dissertations.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       The nature of research
2.       How to read technical papers
3.       Summarising technical papers
4.       Resources for research
5.       Writing a research dissertation (layout; key chapters; style; citing references; being critical; making arguments)
6.       Presenting data
7.       Dealing with errors in data

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Understand the nature of research
•       Be aware of the resources for carrying out research
•       Be familiar with the requirements of a research dissertation
•       Be able to deal with errors in experimental data

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Be able to look for information, both electronic and print
•       Be able to write a research dissertation
•       Be able to present data in an appropriate manner

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0024:00Review and study the IChemE Loss Prevention Bulletin
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading158:0058:00Perform literature review and write research project proposal and final dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the basic processes of research and dissertation writing guidelines.
The library sessions raise awareness of the resources available for research and provide hands-on practise in searching for electronic reference material.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3A100Word count: 75 pages (or 18750 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An aim of this module is to prepare students for their research dissertation. Therefore, it is appropriate to assess their learning outcomes based on their submitted dissertations.

The assessment of this module is based on the research proposal and final dissertation done in the Project Dissertation module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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