Research Methodology

Paper Code: 
CHY 514
Contact Hours: 
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Unit I: 
Literature survey

Print: Sources of information: Primary, secondary, tertiary sources; Journals: Journal  abbreviations, abstracts, current titles, reviews, monographs, dictionaries, text-books, current contents, Introduction to Chemical Abstracts and Beilstein, Subject Index,  Author Index.

Digital: Web resources, E-journals, Journal access, TOC alerts, Hot articles, Citation index, Impact factor, H-index, , Blogs, Preprint servers, Search engines, Scirus, Google Scholar, Chem Industry, Wiki- databases, ChemSpider, Science Direct, SciFinder, Scopus.

Information Technology and Library Resources: The Internet and World Wide Web. Internet

resources for chemistry. Finding and citing published information.


Unit II: 
Scientific Writing

Writing scientific papers- justification for scientific contributions, bibliography, description of methods, conclusions, the need for illustration, style, publication of scientific work, writing ethics, avoiding plagiarism.


Unit III: 
Software Application in Chemistry

Incorporation of chemical structures into word processing documents using ChemDraw and Microsoft chemistry add-in software, use of reference tab in  MS word: creating table of content, adding footnote and caption.

Use of spreadsheet  (Excel) for  simple calculations,  plotting graphs using a spreadsheet (radial distribution curves for hydrogenic orbitals, gas kinetic theory,  pressure-volume curves of vander Waals gas, graphical solution of equations), solving equations numerically (e.g. pH of a weak acid ignoring/not ignoring the ionization of water,volume of a vander Waals gas, equilibrium constant expressions).


Unit IV: 
Intellectual Property Rights - I

Historical Perspective, Different Types of IP and the concern IPR, Objectives of IPR, Economic Value of Intellectual Property – Intangible assets and their valuation, Importance of protecting IP - Licensing and technology transfer, Limitations of IPR; Different International agreements: Paris Convention, Berne Convention, WIPO, PCT system, World Trade Organization (WTO) and Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement; Various laws on IPR in India, IP Infringement issue and enforcement – Role of law enforcement agencies – Police, Customs, Judiciary etc.


Unit V: 
Intellectual Property Rights - II

Copyrights, Trade Marks: Different types of marks, Patents and parts of patent application,

Industrial Designs, Geographical Indications, Layout design of integrated circuits, Trade Secrets, Biodiversity related IPR issues, Plant Breeders Rights, Traditional Knowledge, bio-piracy, TKDL, Differences of one IPR from another.


  3. Arthur Raphael Miller, Micheal H.Davis; Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyright in a Nutshell, West Group Publishers (2000).
  4. Feroz Ali Khader, (2007), The Law of Patents-With a Special Focus on Pharmaceuticals in India, Lexis Nexis Publication.
  5. Jayashree Watal, Intellectual property rights in the WTO and developing countries, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  6. Lionel Bently and Brad Sherman, (2004) Lionel Bently (Author), Intellectual property law, Oxford Publication.
  7. Manjula Guru & M.B. Rao, Understanding Trips: Managing Knowledge in Developing Countries, Sage Publications (2003).
  8. Manual for Patent practices (
  9. N R Subbaram, (2007), Patent Law Practices and Procedures, Lexis Nexis Publication
  10. N.K. Acharya: Textbook on intellectual property rights, Asia Law House (2001).
  11. P Narayanan, (2001), Intellectual Property Law, Eastern Law House.
  12. P. Ganguli, Intellectual Property Rights: Unleashing the Knowledge Economy, TataMcGrawHill (2001).
  13. 13.Prateek Kasliwal, (2009), Intellectual Property Rights, College Book Centre.
  14. 4.VK Ahuja, (2009), Intellectual Property Rights in India, Lexis Nexis Publication.
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