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H14ERP Advanced Engineering Research Preparation
(Last Updated:06 September 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on relevant MSc Engineering Programmes There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  
A project-oriented module involving identification of methodologies and skills required for the main specialist summer MSc project. The module requires the student to examine, collect, collate, analyse data about the subject, draw conclusions and communicate this to peers and other interested parties. The module covers topics essential to research and communication in engineering projects at level 4. These include:

  • Library searches, literature surveys and citing references
  • IT: introduction to MATLAB, optimal use of Microsoft Office involving the more advanced features, effective transfer of data between applications
  • Communication skills: writing reports; verbal presentations, poster presentations.

    Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Practical 11 weeks1 per week3 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Coursework 1 10 Formative assessment exercise to evaluate presentation and project planning skills, in which each student will submit an A3 poster. 
    Coursework 2 40 Individual presentation exercise on a current topic of engineering interest. 
    Coursework 3 50 Data measurement & error analysis assignment. Practical assignment in which students will also demonstrate ICT competence in MATLAB and MSOffice. 

    Professor E Larkins

    Education Aims:  To provide students with some advanced practical skills so that they make effective use of library resources and ICT to create and present technical information and ideas electronically, graphically and orally. Familiarisation with the specialist area of study.

    Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 Extract and synthesise pertinent data and information from identified technical literature and other information sources.

  • LO2 Identify and critically evaluate current and developing technologies related to their own specialisation.

  • LO3 Write, structure and present technical information.

  • LO4 Demonstrate competence in the use of ICT.

    Offering School:  Engineering Faculty

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