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Unit information: Research Skills in 2015/16

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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 Professor. Tom Scott
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will equip students with the skills necessary to plan an original research project in the area of nuclear science and/or engineering. The unit will address both academic research skill and the skills required of a professional in the nuclear industry.


  1. To ensure that students have the research skills to undertake a research project
  2. To ensure that student are aware of the particular issues of working in the area of nuclear science and engineering
  3. To enable students to plan a research project.

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 details

6 hours lectures on research skills

6 hours seminars from visiting speakers on professional values in the nuclear industry

Students will be assigned a project supervisor and project title at the start of the unit and will have a 30 minute discussion meeting with their project supervisor every 2 weeks

Assessment Details

Students will receive formative feedback on 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 (3,000 words) 50% - marked by an independent assessor

Research project plan 30% - marked by the assessor with formative feedback from the supervisor

Skills review 20% - marked by the supervisor

Reading and References

Students are advised individually by their project supervisor(s) on appropriate references depending on their project.