RMNS 307 – Research methods for natural sciences

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RMNS 307 – Research methods for natural sciences; Weekly hours: 2+1, ECTS: 5
To introduce some of the major issues in understanding of natural and technical sciences; To gain an understanding of the nature of research; To make distinction among several research methods and their application; To gain some experience in writing research proposals; To provide some skills on reporting. The course defines the understanding of science and engineering and describes the links between the interrelated technical subjects. Further, it considers the methods of scientific research and focuses on the five methods most widely used for natural sciences and engineering, giving much emphasis on experimental and field studies research methods. It also stresses the importance of simulation and modelling and integrated research methods. It gives some clues on the important aspects of writing and presenting scientific reports (thesis). Finally it provides some information on research ethics and on resolving controversies in research.