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Unit information: Research Skills in 2021/22

Unit name Research Skills
Unit code MENGM0016
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Larrosa
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This is a core unit that will equip students with the skills necessary to plan an original research project. The unit will address both academic research skill and the skills required of a professional in the nuclear industry.

This unit provides students with approaches to research and project design. It also, together with Individual Research Project (PHYSM0027), constitutes an individual final project.

Students will work under an assigned project supervisor who will assist in the selection of the project topic. Students spend substantial time on researching, analysing and developing the requirements, project plan and preliminary design for an individual project. There will be a set of lectures and workshops on topics including research methods and industrial project issues. Students will apply

what they have learned during their course to planning and designing an individual project. Students will analyse requirements and apply research methods relevant to the formulation of the approach to their project.


1. To ensure that students have the research skills to undertake a research project

2. To research, adapt and apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the core units to plan a substantial individual project.

3. To develop a variety of nuclear science and engineering-specific research skills useful for subsequent studies and employment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Complete a literature survey in preparation for a major piece of research.
  2. Plan a research project in the area of nuclear science and engineering demonstrating awareness of the risks involved
  3. Identify specific skills they require to complete the project and acquire them through independent study

Teaching Information

Students will be assigned a project supervisor and project title at the start of the unit and will have regular discussion meetings with their project supervisor.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment

Students will receive formative feedback through meetings with their supervisor for the unit. (formative feedback on the project plan will also help prepare students for the research project)

Summative assessment

  • Literature Review - 3000 words (70)
  • Research project plan (30%)


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. MENGM0016).

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.

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.