Research Methodology

By Prof. Soumitro Banerjee   |   IISER Kolkata
Learners enrolled: 7115
About the Course :

The course covers all the conceptual and methodological issues that go into successful conduction of research. That includes philosophy of science, the methodological issues in measurement, proposing and testing hypotheses, scientific communication and the ethical issues in the practice of science.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : This is a compulsory course for all PhD students as mandated by UGC. Bachelor’s and Master’s students interested in pursuing a research career may also take it.


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Faculty Domain - Fundamental
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 06 May 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Philosophy of Science (subjective versus objective, materialism versus idealism, causality, etc.)
Week 2: Logical Reasoning (inductive logic, deductive logix, syllogistic logic)
Week 3: History of development of science and the influence of philosophy
Week 4: What Scientists Actually Do
Week 5: Forming a Hypothesis
Week 6: Techniques of Scientific Measurement
Week 7: Testing of hypothesis
Week 8: Methods of Theoretical Research
Week 9: The Art of Scientific Communication
Week 10: Presentation in Seminars and Conferences
Week 11: Sponsored Research
Week 12: Ethical Conduct in Science

Books and references

Soumitro Banerjee, Research Methodology for Natural Sciences, IISc Press, 2022.
Available through https://www.amazon.in/dp/8194835178?ref=myi_title_dp

Instructor bio

Prof. Soumitro Banerjee

IISER Kolkata
Prof. Soumitro Banerjee (born 1960) did his B.E. from the Bengal Engineering College (Calcutta University) in 1981, M.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1983, and Ph.D. from the same Institute in 1987. He was in the faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, since 1986, and has moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata, in 2009. Dr. Banerjee's area of research interest is nonlinear dynamics. He has published three books: “Nonlinear Phenomena in Power Electronics” (Ed: Banerjee and Verghese, IEEE Press, 2001), “Dynamics for Engineers” (Wiley, London, 2005), and “Wind Electrical Systems” (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005). He is a recipient of the S. S. Bhatnagar Prize (2003), and was recognized as a “Highly Cited Author” by Thomson Reuters from 2004 to 2014. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Science Academy, The World Academy of Sciences, and the IEEE.

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: 23 April 2022  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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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.

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