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Introduction to Research

Large numbers of students are actively considering and taking up research and associated higher studies. This course aims to introduce students to the important aspects of research. The intent of the course is to make students aware of the details associated with formal research and to help students overcome common misconceptions that may be present in their minds. By going through this course, students are likely to be able to take up research activities in a more systematic and formal manner right from the beginning.

Students of ME/MTech/MS/MSc/PhD can benefit.

Students who have completed undergraduate studies (in Engineering or Science) will be in a better position to benefit from this course


Prathap Haridoss                                M.S.Ananth Abhijit P. Deshpande
Dept. of Metallurgical and           Dept. of Chemical Engg.        Dept. of Chemical Engg.

Materials Engg.                                 IIT Bombay                              IIT Madras
IIT Madras

       Arun K. Tangirala                               Balaji C                         G.Phanikumar
   Dept. of Chemical Engg.       Dept. of Mechanical Engg.     Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engg.

        IIT Madras                                    IIT Madras                               IIT Madras

More details about the course

  • Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_ge01
  • Course duration : 08 weeks
  • Dates of exams :  26 March, 2017
  • Time of exam : Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
  • Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course
  • Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IITM. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.


Week 1: A group discussion on what is research; Overview of research;
Week 2:
Literature survey , Experimental skills;
Week 3: Data analysis, Modelling skills;
Week 4: Technical writing; Technical Presentations; Creativity in Research
Week 5: Creativity in Research; Group discussion on Ethics in Research
Week 6: Design of Experiments
Week 7: Intellectual Property
Week 8:
Department specific research discussions