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Unit information: Research and Professional Skills in 2021/22

Unit name Research and Professional Skills
Unit code CENGM0085
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Agarwal
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop their research and professional skills in the domain of earthquake engineering and infrastructure resilience.

Students will be exposed to scientific presentations and research outputs and prepared to reflect and critically analyse the findings before undertaking literature review on a topic of their choice.

Students will visit an earthquake prone area within Europe. In case that the visit follows a major earthquake event it will focus on the study of the effects of the specific earthquake on structures and infrastructure. In case the visit is not associated with a recent earthquake event the schedule shall include major centres for earthquake engineering research and/or challenging seismically designed projects. During the visit the students are expected to work in groups to identify interesting cases for study and gather data related to both the associated earthquakes and structures. Upon their return the students are expected to write a report summarizing the processed data and the lessons learnt. In case international travel is not feasible, the visit will be organised in a virtual form including online presentations and talks by international experts as well as access to field data and external databases from previous trips and earthquakes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students will:

ILO 1. Be able to critically assess scientific output

ILO 2. Be able to source literature efficiently on a particular technical topic

ILO 3. Analyse literature sources and produce a comprehensive literature review report

ILO 4. Relate the characteristics of earthquake ground motion to structural performance and damage pathology

ILO 5. Summarize, process and interpret field data to draw meaningful conclusions as per the response of structures and infrastructures to earthquake loading.

Teaching Information

Teaching programme will consist of research seminars, paper discussions, research and data analysis techniques using a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching.

A 3-day field visit to an earthquake affected area will be organised during TB2 if circumstances allow. The students will work in groups to gather, process and evaluate the field data. In case international travel is not feasible, the visit will be organised in a virtual form including online presentations and talks by international experts as well as access to field data and external databases from previous trips and earthquakes.

Assessment Information

Coursework portfolio (single submission) 100%

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. CENGM0085).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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