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Engineering Research: Design, Methods, and Publication

Engineering Research: Design, Methods, and Publication

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Year 25/02/2021
Pages 416
Version hardback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
ISBN 9781119624486
Categories Electronics & communications engineering
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Master the fundamentals of planning, preparing, conducting, and presenting engineering research with this one-stop resource Engineering Research: Design, Methods, and Publication delivers a concise but comprehensive guide on how to properly conceive and execute research projects within an engineering field. Accomplished professional and author Herman Tang covers the foundational and advanced topics necessary to understand engineering research, from conceiving an idea to disseminating the results of the project. Organized in the same order as the most common sequence of activities for an engineering research project, the book is split into three parts and nine chapters. The book begins with a section focused on proposal development and literature review, followed by a description of data and methods that explores quantitative and qualitative experiments and analysis, and ends with a section on project presentation and preparation of scholarly publication. Engineering Research offers readers the opportunity to understand the methodology of the entire process of engineering research in the real word. The author focuses on executable process and principle-guided exercise as opposed to abstract theory. Readers will learn about: An overview of scientific research in engineering, including foundational and fundamental concepts like types of research and considerations of research validity How to develop research proposals and how to search and review the scientific literature How to collect data and select a research method for their quantitative or qualitative experiment and analysis How to prepare, present, and submit their research to audiences and scholarly papers and publications Perfect for advanced undergraduate and engineering students taking research methods courses, Engineering Research also belongs on the bookshelves of engineering and technical professionals who wish to brush up on their knowledge about planning, preparing, conducting, and presenting their own scientific research.

Engineering Research: Design, Methods, and Publication

Table of contents

About the Author



Research Book?

Research Matters

Book Intent

Book Characteristics

Organization and Contents

Overall Information Flow

Parts and Chapters

Exercises and Supplemental Materials



Your Feedback

1. Research Overview

1.1 Introduction to Research

1.1.1. What Is Research?

1.1.2. Impacts of Research

1.2 Building Blocks of Research

1.2.1. Innovative Mind

1.2.2. Assumptions and Hypotheses

1.2.3. Methodology and Methods

1.2.4. Research Community

1.3 Types of Research

1.3.1. Basic Research, Applied Research, and R&D

1.3.2. More Discussion on R&D

1.4 Validity of Research Results

1.4.1. Research Validity

1.4.2. Assessment and Advance



Review Questions

Mini-project Topics


2. Research Proposal Development

2.1 Research Initiation

2.1.1. Research Proposal

2.1.2. Hypotheses

2.2 Composition of Proposal

2.2.1. Key Elements of Proposal

2.2.2. Other Sections of Proposal

2.3 Proposal Development

2.3.1. Essential Issues

2.3.2. Tasks of Development

2.3.3. Development Process

2.4 Evaluation and Revision

2.4.1. Evaluation for Success

2.4.2. Self Assessment

2.5 Considerations for Improvement

2.5.1. Paying Attention

2.5.2. More Considerations



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Mini-project Topics


3. Literature Search and Review

3.1 Introduction to Literature Review

3.1.1. Overview of Literature Review

3.1.2. Purposes of Literature Review

3.1.3. Keys of Literature Review

3.2 Literature Sources and Search

3.2.1. Information and Process

3.2.2. Literature Sources

3.2.3. Considerations in Search

3.3 Conducting Literature Review

3.3.1. Basic Tasks

3.3.2. Focal Points

3.3.3. Standalone Review Articles

3.3.4. Writing Considerations



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4. Research Data and Method Selection

4.1 Data in Research

4.1.1. Data Overview

4.1.2. Characteristics of Data

4.1.3. Data Analysis

4.2 Types of Data

4.2.1. Basic Types of Data

4.2.2. Quantitative vs Qualitative Data

4.2.3. Scales of Data

4.3 Data Collection

4.3.1. Data Collection Sampling

4.3.2. Probability Sampling Methods

4.3.3. Non-Probability Sampling Methods

4.4 Method Selection

4.4.1. Selection Factors

4.4.2. Quantitative and Qualitative

4.4.3. Other Considerations



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5. Quantitative Methods and Experimental Research

5.1 Statistical Analyses

5.1.1. Descriptive Statistical Analysis

5.1.2. Inferential Statistical Analysis

5.1.3. Interpretation of Analysis Results

5.2 Quantitative Research

5.2.1. Mathematical Modeling

5.2.2. Optimization

5.2.3. Computer Simulation

5.2.4. New Technologies

5.3 Experimental Studies

5.3.1. Overview of Experimental Studies

5.3.2. Comparative Studies

5.4 Factorial Design of Experiment (DOE)

5.4.1. Introduction to DOE

5.4.2. Process of DOE Applications

5.4.3. Considerations in DOE



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6. Qualitative Methods and Mixed-Methods

6.1 Qualitative Research

6.1.1. Qualitative Research Basics

6.1.2. Discussion on Qualitative Analysis

6.2 Questionnaire Survey

6.2.1. Basics of Survey

6.2.2. Questionnaire Development

6.2.3. Considerations in Conducting Survey

6.2.4. Data Analysis of Survey Results

6.3 Interviews and Observations

6.3.1. Interview Studies

6.3.2. Focus Group Studies

6.3.3. Observational Studies

6.4 Mixed-Method Approaches

6.4.1. Combination of Two Types of Methods

6.4.2. Method Integration



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7. Research Execution and Management

7.1 Basics of Project Management

7.1.1. Lifecycle of Research project

7.1.2. Performance of Research Project

7.2 Research Administration

7.2.1. Overall Functionality

7.2.2. Academic Integrity

7.3 Pre-award Management

7.3.1. Tasks and Funding

7.3.2. Proposal Development

7.3.3. Human Subjects (IRB)

7.4 Post-award Management

7.4.1. Project Acceptance and Set Up

7.4.2. Application of Invention Patents

7.4.3. Project Closeout



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8. Writing-up and Presentation

8.1 Introduction to Academic Writing

8.1.1. Academic Writing

8.1.2. Common Types

8.1.3. Reports and Papers

8.2 Elements of Report and Thesis

8.2.1. Key Elements

8.2.2. Core Elements

8.2.3. Supporting Elements

8.3 Development of Research Report

8.3.1. Process of Writing-Up

8.3.2. Writing Format

8.3.3. Other Considerations

8.4 Research Presentation

8.4.1. Presentation at Conference

8.4.2. Presentation Design

8.4.3. Considerations for Presentation



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9. Scholarly Paper and Publication

9.1 Considerations for Publication

9.1.1. To Publish, or Not To Publish

9.1.2. Types of Publication

9.1.3. Paper Quality

9.2 Publication Process

9.2.1. Overall Publication Process

9.2.2. Peer Review Process

9.2.3. Review Comment and Response

9.3 Target Scholarly Journals

9.3.1. Journal Selection

9.3.2. Journal Quality Indicators

9.4 Writing for Publication

9.4.1. From Report to Paper

9.4.2. Abstract

9.4.3. Other Sections

9.4.4. Publishing Ethics



Review Questions

Mini-project Topics




A. Course Instruction Samples

A.1 Course Syllabus

A.2 Online Discussion Instruction

A.3 Weekly Introduction (Unit 1)

A.4 Weekly Assignment (Unit 1)

B. Prospectus Development Instructions

B.1 General Instruction

B.2 Guideline for Section 1 - Problem Identification

B.3 Guideline for Section 2 - Literature Review

B.4 Guideline for Section 3 - Data and Method

B.5 Guideline for Section 4 - Research Plan

B.6 Guideline for Section 5 - Expected Results and Discussion

B.7 Guideline for Report Draft and Revision

B.8 Brief Proposal Self-Assessment

C. Students' Research Prospectus Samples

C.1 Development of Virtual Reality for Accelerated Prototyping

C.2 Organizational Culture on Adoption of Digital Substation

C.3 Design of Alternative Electroless Coating Process

D. Typical Structures of Academic Papers

D.1 Scholarly/Research Paper

D.2 Systematical Literature Review


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