RESEARCH METHODS - 2018/9

Module code: ENGD021

Module Overview

The course is presented in one week short course format. In the mornings, the lectures and tutorials provide students with overviews of the key elements and associated skills required by postgraduates undertaking their first major piece of independent research. In the afternoon sessions, the students work in small teams to undertake a practical metallurgical investigation. At the end of the week the teams give oral presentations on their project work.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

DOREY RA Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

JACs code: X210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Lectures
• The Framework for Research
• Getting to Grips with the Literature
• Plagiarism and How to Avoid It
• Oral Presentations
• Posters
• Written Communications
• Project Management
• Errors and Uncertainties
• Commercialisation of Research Results
• Ethics for Engineers

Laboratory Work
Group work (typically involving 3-4 people per team) involving the metallographic investigation of a component or number of components from a small piece of equipment, such as a stapler.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Short answer questions 50
Coursework Long answer question involving calculation, analysis, discussion involving core aspects of the module. 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate all of the key competences associated with planning, performing and reporting on an individual piece of research work.

Thus, the summative assessment for this unit consists of:
• Q1 (Short answer questions) 50%
• Q2 (Essay question) 50%

Formative assessment
• Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.

Feedback
• Written feedback is given on the submitted coursework

Module aims

  • an appreciation of the reasons for undertaking research, the principal stages involved in a research project and the framework in which research is conducted, including ethics
  • a understanding of the ways in which research findings are reported, communicated, protected and exploited
  • a knowledge of the methods used to present data, including the quantification of errors and uncertainties
  • practical experience of the benefits and drawbacks of group work
  • practical experience of basic metallography, scanning electron microscopy and hardness testing techniques
  • an opportunity to present work in a variety of formats.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe and explain the context of research, including issues associated with ethics and academic integrity. CK
002 List the purposes of studying the literature and construct a scheme to enable a literature search to be undertaken effectively. CK
003 Set SMART objectives and plan experiments using the scientific method. CK
004 Undertake simple laboratory work in the context of the group project. P
005 Present data appropriately and deal with errors (in a simple manner). C
006 Select, use and adapt the appropriate format and style to convey information and ideas to an appropriate standard and in such a way as to enhance understanding.
007 Appreciate the requirements and opportunities for protecting and exploiting research.
008 Apply course subject matter for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 30

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 10

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce students to various concepts and ideas via lectures then give them the opportunity to put these into practice, initially under supervision in via tutorial work and in the group practical exercise. This is complemented by the opportunity to observe and reflect on the work of others via the viewing of posters and being part of the audience for the group presentations.

The learning and teaching methods include:
• 22 hours lectures
• 8 hours tutorial classes
• 30 hours coursework.

The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for RESEARCH METHODS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engd021

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.