Certificate Course on Research Methodology and Scientific Writing

The first course on Research Methodology and Scientific Writing was successfully conducted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, from 3rd June to 27th August 2017. There were over 75 participants representing internal postgraduate students as well as from other institutions. Prominent resource persons from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology conducted the lectures, who in return obtained very high ratings according to the student’s feedback forms.

Following graphs display some of the results obtained from the “end of the course” feedback forms.

1Figure 1: The overall rating of the course


Figure 2: Appropriateness of the topics in the course

To whom:

The Researchers or Research Students who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills  in Research Methodology and Scientific Writing

Course fee:

The intake will be limited to 100 candidates

External Candidates – Rs. 25,000/=
Internal Candidates (Current postgraduate students at USJP) –  free of charge

Course Fee of Rs 25,000/= should be paid on or before 30.10.2017 to account number 053530006427 from any People’s Bank branch after receiving the confirmation that you have been selected for the course.


The total duration is 30 hours and the lecture sessions will be conducted two days a week from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. at the  Seminar Room 1 – Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda.

The Course Objectives:

The course was designed to provide students the knowledge and skills to prepare a comprehensive research proposal, conduct a literature review, design experiments/surveys to procure data, analyse the data using standard qualitative and quantitative techniques and use of statistical packages,  writing thesis, reports and research papers.

Intended Learning Outcomes of the course: 

  • Ability to prepare comprehensive research proposals
  • Ability to procure and organize relevant secondary literature from both hard and electronic sources through internet.
  • Analyze the data to suit the objectives of the research using relevant statistical packages
  • Ability to prepare effective research proposals for funding
  • Ability to write research papers for journals
  • Ability to write the thesis
  • Review scientific papers and other communication effectively
  • Be knowledgeable about the publishers and the funding organizations and their priorities
  • Be aware of the ethics in scientific communication
  • Be able to present his/her work to a variety of audiences effectively and efficiently

Course will be commenced on Thursday, 02nd November 2017

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Closing date for the Application: 20th October 2017



Time table

Week 1 Philosophical Approach to conducting research
Week 2 How to prepare a research proposal (in general) and how to customize a research proposal according to the requirements of the funding organizations
How to procure secondary data for the literature survey including internet sources
Week 3 How to write a literature survey
Experimental design and collection of data in Applied Sciences
Week 4 Experimental design and collection of data in Social Sciences
Quantitative data analysis
Week 5 Quantitative data analysis
Week 6 Qualitative data analysis
Qualitative data analysis
Week 7 Ethics in communication
Thesis writing
Week 8 How to present your work to different audiences
Writing a research paper, abstract
Week 9 Publishing research

A certificate of participation will be awarded after successful completion of the courses.



Research Methodology 2017 batch 2