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Research Design in Industrial Engineering (Research oriented) - WGURESE4

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 10.5
    • Tutorials : 10.5
    • Laboratory works : -
    • Projects : -
    • Internship : -
    • Written tests : -
    ECTS : 6.0


The objectives of this course is to develop competencies in designing your own research in industrial Engineering and Operations management
The course is organized in two parts

  • A series of lectures that explore research methodologies and methods.
  • An advanced research project where students are expected to write their research proposal concerning their master thesis ( for Master Students) or concerning a research topic for Engineering diploma students.

Students would learn to be able to :

  • Understand the different research methodologies mainly used in operations management and engineering design.
  • Choose and justify relevant methods to develop their own research
  • Review and analyze research papers
  • Present their research in publications.
  • Write a research proposal


1,5 ECTS credits - workload 40 hours
The course is organized in 3 main parts
Some relevant methods used in operations management
• Survey
• Case study
• Longitudinal field study
• Action research
• Modeling and simulation
• Experiments
Literature review : Building a literature review -
Reviewing a paper : Analysis of structure of paper in the field by reviewing them.
Individual work : Lecture and reading about the methods.
Group work sharing and building a synthesis or presenting to the group
Analysis of papers from the field of operations research and/or design research
From a paper proposed write an abstract and a title
Exchange with researchers skilled on the use of these methodologies in their research.
Individual work and group work, Individual Exam

Lecture Evaluation : 25%

4,5 ECTS credits Workload 110 hours

This exercise aims to train students to formulate and write a research proposal. Writing a research proposal is a complex and important task required before starting research project.
A research proposal is a document written by a researcher that provides a detailed description of the proposed program. Research proposals contain extensive literature reviews and must offer convincing support of need for the research study being proposed by identifying the gaps that are in the literature.
A research proposal is intended to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the plan to complete it.
Total work load is about 112 hours
Students are expected to write a research proposal (2000 words ) on the subject they have chosen to address.
• For Master students : Research proposal is related for their master thesis.
• For students in “Parcours recherche” : Research proposal is built from a topic defined by a senior researcher.
Three intermediate deliverables are structured to guide students through the proposal writing process.
As each student is working under the direction of a senior researcher, student is tasked with planning the meetings with their own directors. Strategic help can be provided by professor in charge of the course and during the “researching operations management” course.
Each research project is based on previous work, typically provided by research director. This can be the starting point of the literature review. Students have to develop their own collection of relevant papers using databases (sciencedirect, web of knowledge, scorpus, googlescholar, Gael, biblio ST2I CNRS)
A document presenting these researches and their organization will be the deliverable 1. Workload ~15h
Use the paper summary template in Chamillo (repository documents) and present at least six papers related to your research topic. These paper summaries may form the basis for your critical literature review for future projects, so time and care should be spent to make these as clear as possible.
Workload ~30h
Students will propose a map, a model, a table, a scheme, or graph presenting a synthetic vision of their literature review, organizing and linking papers, key concept, key questions, and author’s contribution (1 A4 or A3). As with any generated document, an explanation of the figure or table should be at least as long as the figure and table itself (1page of explanation of how to read the document). Again, you will likely reuse this document in your future research, so care should be given to do it right.
Workload ~10h
Your research proposal has to answer three big questions:
• What research project will you undertake? (Objective)
• Why is important to know that thing? (Relevance)
• How will you proceed to make that research? (Plan and methods)
The research proposal of 2000 words (excluding references ) will use the presented structure (see below)
Workload ~30h


It is an educational exercise to enable students to learn about the process of defining a research project.

This course is an advanced master student course who have to prepare master thesis or final project.
Not open to bachelor students.


Lecture Evaluation 25% Project evaluation 75 %


    1. Lecture Evaluation : Participation and individual work
    1. Project evaluation :
      D1 10% D2 10% D3 10 % Evaluation by teachers of the UE.
      DF 70 % Evaluation of Final deliverable will be done by your research project director and teachers of the UE

N1 = D2+D3+DF

N2: Individual report

This evaluation is compatible with remote teaching situations

The exam is given in english only FR


The course exists in the following branches:

  • Curriculum - Engineer IPID apprentice program - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
  • Curriculum - Master 2 GI SIE program - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
  • Curriculum - Engineer student Master PD - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
  • Curriculum - Master 2 GI SIE program - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
  • Curriculum - Master 2 GI SIE program - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
  • Curriculum - Engineer student Master SCM - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
  • Curriculum - Master 2 GI SIE program - Semester 9 (this course is given in english only EN)
see the course schedule for 2022-2023

Additional Information

Course ID : WGURESE4
Course language(s): FR

You can find this course among all other courses.


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