Research Methods in the Sciences, 1st Edition
Authors: Dr Gordon Rugg, Dr Nick Sevdalis, Dr Rajarajan Muttukrishnan
Reviewer: Professor Chris Thomas
Group: Research Skills 3
Published: Spring 2009
Cat. number: RS 014
Length: 90 minutes
- What is science?
- Identifying and formulating research questions
- Evaluating research questions
- Designing and planning your research
- Reflection and communication
- Research resources
Author - Dr Gordon Rugg, Keele University
Dr Gordon Rugg is the author of several books on research methods including A gentle guide to Research Methods (co-written with Professor Marion Petre, Open University Press / McGraw-Hill, 2006). Dr Rugg is unusual in having spanned a number of academic disciplines. His first degree was in French and Linguistics, from Reading University; his PhD was in Experimental Psychology, from Reading University. He then worked in a variety of fields, including English lecturing, field archaeology, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, and human factors. Dr Rugg is currently a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Keele University, and a visiting Senior Research Fellow in Computer Science at the Open University.
Author - Dr Nick Sevdalis, Imperial College London
Dr Nick Sevdalis teaches research methods to medical students at Imperial College London. His research interests include: Behavioural Decision-Making (affective influences on individual decision behaviours and dyadic negotiation; predicted and experienced utilities); affective forecasting; and behavioural economics.
Author - Dr Rajarajan Muttukrishnan, City University
Dr Rajarajan Muttukrishnan graduated with a BEng degree in Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering from City University London in 1994. He then stayed at City University as a research student and worked on computer modelling of compact photonic devices for optical communications. His PhD project was funded by the Overseas Research Studentship (ORS). In 1999, he took a Research Fellow position at City University and worked on an EPSRC/DERA-funded project. The project involved the accurate modelling of Compact Optical Bends using the Finite Element (FE) and the Beam Propogation Method (BPM). In August 2000, he moved to Logica as a Network and Service Management Consultant and worked on various telecommunication-related projects. In January 2002, he moved to City University as a Lecturer, where he became involved in the research at the Measurement and Instrumentation Centre and teaching in the School of Engineering. Dr Muttukrishnan has published more than 60 Journal and Conference papers in the area of Photonic Devices Modelling.
Expert Reviewer - Professor Chris Thomas, Birmingham University
Professor Chris Thomas is currently Director of Birmingham's Graduate School as well as Chair of the Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools group of Universitas 21. He supervises PhD students and Undergraduate/Master's projects and delivers some postgraduate training but does not do any undergraduate teaching at present. His area of teaching however is bacterial genetics, cell biology and biotechnology. His area of research is bacterial plasmids: replication, stability, gene spread, global regulation, polyketide antibiotic synthesis.