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Unit information: Industrial Training Module in 2015/16

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Unit name Industrial Training Module
Unit code PHYSM3404
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. McMaster
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will focus on the end use of Functional Nanomaterials and will address the theme of Nanoscience through Engineering to Application. It will consist of a series of lecture-workshops led by Industrial Course Tutors to illustrate the exploitation of functional nanomaterials in industry, and real-life applications of Functional Nanomaterials.


This unit will supply the students with insights and examples of Functional Nanomaterials in reallife applications. It will show how knowledge gained during the taught and practical components of the MRes in Functional Nanomaterials might translate to an industrial context. It will equip the students with skill sets of decision-making, problem-solving and time- and project-management. It will complement the transferable skills training on presenting, technical writing, and entrepreneurship.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will have developed:

  • problem-solving skills applied to an industrial environment
  • decision-making strategies
  • perception of social and ethical dimension of nanomaterials
  • entrepreneurial skill sets
  • academic/industry liaison skills
  • awareness of parallels and contrast between academic and industrial R&D

Teaching Information

One component of the workshops will be presentation-based with discussion, and the second component will be a problem-solving exercise on a real-life scenario. Part of the session will be tackled as a whole group, and some teaching will entail the group to be divided in two sub-groups. As part of the training activity, each of these sub-groups will work on the problem and present their analysis and solutions to the combined cohort. There will be guided feedback from the Industrial lecturer. DTC staff will be in attendance at all times.

Assessment Information

Assessment for this unit will involve marks for the group work exercise in each session, with each of the two sub-groups contributing to the mark of the other sub-group. For each session, the sub-group mark will comprise 30 % of the assessment, the Industrial Course Tutor mark will comprise 30 %, and the Director mark will comprise 40 %. At the end of the unit, the overall assessment will be presented as an average of the session marks. The experience of students carrying out an assessment exercise will serve to support the students transferable skills portfolio. The marks given by students will be moderated by the Director.

Reading and References

Detailed references and reading will be provided by the course tutor responsible for each sub-set of this 20 cp unit.