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Unit information: Research and Communications 4 in 2015/16

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Unit name Research and Communications 4
Unit code MENGM0011
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Jon Sims Williams
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of years 1 and 2 of the H150 Engineering Design degree



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Students are required to research and give a 20 minute presentation on a current issue of interest to the Engineering Profession. They will then write a formal paper on the topic. The issue is taken from a list of questions on social, economic, legal and environmental issues relevant to the present time. This Socratic approach to students doing Research and then teaching requires a high level of maturity in the student understanding of topics as well as a sophisticated approach to learning and matching their presentation to the other students level of understanding.

Students will be given guidance prior to their presentations and both peer and staff feedback afterwards. TurnitIn will be used to give clear feedback on their written papers.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students will be able:

  • describe social, economic, legal and environmental issues of relevance to the engineering profession
  • to produce a professional presentation, executive summary and detailed report on such issues
  • to apply research skills in order to analyse and eveluate the impact of such issues.

Teaching Information

Students learn by doing. They give presentations and learn what can go wrong and how to be more effective. There is a lot of feedback from other students on their presentations as well as from staff. The number of sessions each student should attend will depend on the cohort size (eg 20 lectures for 30 students).

Assessment Information

One 20 minute presentation, a 1 hour test on other students presentations, a 10-page paper,

Reading and References

Changes each year and for each student.