In this course you will practise the general skills needed in scientific and technical research.

You will have homework exercises each worth 1% up to a maximum total of 10%, two short presentations in the classroom, and two written examinations: a mid term exam worth 30%, and a final exam worth 60%.

The textbook for this course is *RESEARCH METHODOLOGY* by R. H. B. EXELL, published by Technical Information Services, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) with financial support from The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), ISBN 974-456-658-2, December 2006.

It is available in the JGSEE office, and in the KMUTT bookshop. The links in the Course Outline below give supplementary handouts for students taking this course.

- Mathematical exercise: Numerical measurements, Significant digits, SI units, dimensions.
- Writing exercise: Literature review: Summarize two articles on earthshine.
- Mathematical exercise: Fitting formulas to data: Exact fit and 'best fit'.
- Writing exercise: Description and use of equipment: How to make and use a tabletop furnace.
- Home experiment: Determination of the Circle Constant (2 pi) by measuring circular objects: error analysis.
- Short presentation: Your favorite creative hobby.

**Mid term exam**

- Writing exercise: Writing a proposal: Qualitative experiments on photosynthesis.
- Mathematical exercise: Descriptive statistics: Mean, variance, correlation, simple analysis of variance.
- Writing exercise: Discussion of a controversial topic: Nuclear power from thorium instead of uranium.
- Mathematical exercise: Dynamic systems models: Deterministic systems, chaos.
- Home experiment: Determination of the Acceleration of Gravity by timing the swings of a pendulum.
- Short presentation: Good and Bad Practice in Research.

**Final exam**

In this part of the course you will study the principles of solar radiation, solar photovoltaics, and solar thermal technologies.

- Introduction to Solar Energy.
- Solar radiation.
- Photovoltaics I.
- Photovoltaics II.
- Solar thermal I.
- Solar thermal II.

This is a program in JavaScript for generating numerical data with the same properties as real solar radiation data in the tropics.

Robert Harold Buchanan Exell,

M.A., D. Phil. (Oxford); Hon. D. Sc. (KMUTT).

Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment

Center of Excellence on Energy Technology and Environment

(CEE PERDO)

King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi,

Bangmod, Thungkru, Bangkok 10140, Thailand.