Introduction to Research

By Prof. Prathap Haridoss   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 938
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. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students of ME/MTech/MS/MSc/PhD can benefit. 
PRE-REQUISITES         : Students who have completed undergraduate studies (in Engineering or Science) will be in a better position to benefit from this 
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Faculty Domain - Fundamental
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

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

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Prathap Haridoss

IIT Madras
Prof. Prathap Haridoss is a Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at IIT Madras. He works in the areas of Fuel Cell and Carbon nanomaterials. He has a B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Madras, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Before he joined as a faculty at IIT Madras, he served as a Senior Scientist at Plug Power, a Fuel Cell company in New York. He has 3 US patents, several International Journal publications, and has published a book titled “Physics of Materials, Essential Concepts of Solid State Physics”

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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