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Research Team Lab


Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30 pm - 14:00 pm


CKB 123


Dr. Wuyutong Yao

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the research process and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle various research projects with confidence. Throughout the course, we will delve into the fundamental aspects of research, giving you a clear sense of how research projects are initiated and conducted. We will explore the different stages of the research process, from formulating research questions to analyzing data and drawing meaningful conclusions.

The aim of this course is to empower students with the essential tools needed to embark on any research project successfully. By the end of this course, students are expected to be well-prepared to navigate the challenges of conducting research and approach future projects. Students are expected to develop a solid foundation in research methodology, data analysis, and effective communication of research findings.

Course Outline

Session 1 – September 6th: Introduction

Session 2 – September 13th: From Topics to Questions, From Questions to a Problem

  • **mini writing assignment no.1**

Session 3 – September 20th: Primary Sources and Secondary Sources

Session 4 – September 27th: Data Collection and Tools

  • **mini writing assignment no.2**
Between September 27th and Oct 11th: work on your bibliographic essay and prepare to give a 7-min presentation on Oct 11th.

Session 5 – Oct 11th: Presenting Bibliographic Essay

Between Oct 11th and Oct 25th: work on your primary source analysis. You are encouraged to schedule a supervision during these weeks.

Session 6: Oct 25th: Presenting Primary Source Analysis

You are encouraged to schedule a supervision during these weeks.

Session 7: Nov 8th: Research Proposal

Session 8: Nov 22nd: Writing Up

Session 9: Nov 29th: Presenting the Research Proposal

**Finalized Research Proposal due by Dec 3rd, midnight**.


Assessment & Assignments

Class Participation, 2 Mini Writing Assignments and Sounding Board 20% 

One-on-One Supervision 10%

Bibliographic Essay 20%

Primary Source Analysis 20%

Research Proposal 30%


Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of the policies, regulations and procedures.