PETROLEUM INDUSTRY RESEARCH PROJECT - 2018/9

Module code: ENGM286

Module Overview

The module is intended to provide a bridge between the research activities of CPE academics and the contents of the MEng programme in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering by providing students with an opportunity for independent research-based learning through individual projects. Advanced training is also provided on academic conferencing and publication skills, such as networking, research abstract / paper writing and presentation skills.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

CAMPBELL AN Dr (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H810

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 200

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 7 of the degree courses in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Prior completion of ENGM275.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

General Research Work:
Experimental, simulation or data-analysis work
Results / data preparation and interpretation
Research paper preparation
Oral presentation preparation and delivery


Workshop Support:
Publication processes
Journal selection: Impact Factor, Eigenfactor
Research paper writing: paper design; tense, voice and person; common errors / good practice; writing process and tips; conference and journal paper abstracts
Academic conferencing: conference process; preparation and motivation; paper title and abstract considerations; presentation design and delivery; networking; stress management.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) RESEARCH PAPER 75
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) PROJECT PERFORMANCE 10
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATIONS 15

Alternative Assessment

n/a

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though a range of deliverables relevant to real (professional) research work. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Coursework 1 (Research Paper) – 75% (LO1 – LO5)

·         Coursework 2 (Project Performance) – 10%, e.g. engagement, independence, creativity and safety will be assessed            (LO1 – LO6)

·         Coursework 3 (Presentations) – 15%, this will consist of individual presentations (7.5%) and a group poster presentation and defence (7.5%) (LO6, LO2 – LO4)

Feedback: - Weekly verbal feedback during supervisor meetings (LO1, LO6) - Written feedback on Coursework 1-3 (LO1 – LO6)

Module aims

  • Develop comprehensive independent learning skills through a research project.
  • Prepare students for further professional research training through, e.g., doctoral programmes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate familiarity with the major stages of planning, executing and reporting a research project. CP
002 Effectively search, interpret and critique technical literature. CKPT
003 Design a practical, numerical or other evidence-based tests of a theory. CKPT
004 Evaluate experimental or simulation results in the context of known theory and / or scientific conjecture. CK
005 Write a journal article of an appropriate (early-career researcher) standard. CPT
006 Present and defend research work to an academic audience. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Study Hours: 430

Seminar Hours: 14

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Facilitate independent and curiosity learning through the careful supervision of research work that is further supported by generic skills-based workshops.


The learning and teaching methods include:
Supervisor meetings 14 hours distributed over 15 weeks (students are to keep a formal record of discussion and action points for each meeting)
Workshops 3 two-hour workshops
Independent learning ~33 hours per week for 13 weeks (average), including the regular update of a research portfolio, paper drafting and writing and preparation of an oral presentation

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 PETROLEUM INDUSTRY RESEARCH PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm286

Other information

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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.