DS 200 (0:1) Research Methods Course Information/Schedule

This course is designed to impart necessary soft skills for the incoming students. It is a mandatory course for all incoming students (M.Tech. (CDS)/M.Tech. (Research)/Ph.D.) joining in the August 2017 term. The course is divided into nine modules and all modules are compulsory for everybody to complete.

Student Evaluation: Attendance: 50%; First eight modules completion: 8×5% = 40%; Last Module Completion: 10%.

Completion of this course in the first year is mandatory for the renewal of scholarship for the next academic year.

The details of the modules are as follows


Module 1: August 2, 2017: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Introduction to Research Methods” & “Discussion about being student of CDS & the afterlife” – Phaneendra Yalavarthy & Atanu Mohanty (DCC Chair)

To be completed (within a week): 

– Create a list of research topics (atleast three) that you are interested and read atleast one research paper in each topic.


Module 2: August 5, 2017: 10:00 AM – 12:30 AM: Research Ethics and copy rights – Yogesh Simmhan. This module will expose you to ethical practices that needs to be followed both for completing course work as well as performing research in your professional life.

To be completed (within a week):

– Learn how to use on-line plagiarism detection tools and run your B.Tech./M.Tech. project report to know the scores.


Module 3: August 2017 – March 2018: Attending atleast 8 research seminars in the CDS Seminar series: This module will enable you to understand the realm of related research topics and the recent trends in the area of computational and data science.

To be completed (by the end of March, 2018):

– Write a brief summary of eight research seminars you attended with each seminar summary being not more than 100 words.


Module 4: January 2, 2018: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Literature Review & Software tooling” – Phaneendra Yalavarthy & Yogesh Simmhan. This module will show you example cases of literature search and also introduce you to available open-source and paid tools for keeping track of the literature. This module will also introduce you to available software tools that come in handy for the research, including Latex, SVN, github, plotting libraries, and Cloud resources.

To be completed (within a week):

  • Create a bibliography file related to your research topic and review atleast 2 research papers listing major strengths and weakness of the presented work in the research papers.
  • Create a github page of your own.

Module 5: January 13, 2018: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Effective Scientific Writing” – Faculty. This module will enable you to develop skill of effectively writing a scientific manuscript/report.

To be completed (within a week):

– Write a brief summary of your research problem.


Module 6: January 20, 2018: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Research Process: Personal, Communication and Environmental Aspects” & “CV & Resume Preparation: Industry vs Academic Job search” –Jayant Haritsa & Phaneendra Yalavarthy. This module will have aspects related to research process, including academic job search. Academic CV and industrial resume preparation will be included in this.

To be completed (within a week):

  • Create your own academic CV or Industry Resume.
  • Write a cover letter for academic or industry job.

Module 7: January 27, 2018: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Effective Technical Presentations & Teaching Methods” – Yogesh Simmhan & Phaneendra Yalavarthy. This module will enable you to effectively present your work in technical fora and also teach for academic jobs.

To be completed (by the end of March 2018):

  • Make a 5 minute presentation on your research topic
  • Teach a small topic out of courses you have taken to the entire class.

Module 8: February 3, 2018: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property” – Debnath Pal. This will showcase the opportunities existing for being entrepreneur as well as describe the methodology for generating intellectual property.

To be completed (within a week):

  • Describe one idea that could be patented from your research topic (one page)

Module 9: February 10, 2018: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: “Research Proposals and Grant Writing” – Partha Talukdar & Phaneendra Yalavarthy. This module will give outline of effectively preparing a research proposal for both funding agencies as well as industrial partners and shows you example cases of the same.

To be completed (within a week):

  • Create an outline of a research grant based on the research problem you are working.

To be completed (by the end of March 2018)

  • Write a complete grant including cover page, personnel listing, and budget.