MR501 - Research Skills

Credit Points: 20

Workload: 60 contact hours

Prerequisite: None

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This unit introduces the major stages of the research process, followed by a systematic treatment of the research tools and methodologies required to construct appropriate research program. The students will be exposed to various concepts in research problem formulation and research design and validation methodologies including qualitative and quantitative studies. The students will further learn the topics of security and ethics in research and how to construct a statistically and ethically valid research project.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Articulate major research methodologies and paradigms in constructing a research project.
  2. Design appropriate research framework in problem formulation, literature review, design and validation of hypothesis.
  3. Assemble selected research tools and methodologies that satisfy the research objectives and the design goals.
  4. Formulate appropriate data handling, data management and archival protocols to securely process and store sensitive research data.
  5. Develop high-standard analytical, writing, and presentation skills for disseminating of research findings with consideration of ethics and industry standards.


    Textbook and Reference Materials

    Devlin, A. S. (2020). The Research Experience: Planning, Conducting, and Reporting Research. United States: SAGE Publications.

    Graduate Attributes

    MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
    The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

    Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


    Levels of attainment Extent covered
    The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
    The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
    The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
    The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
    The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.