Module code: EEEM053

Module Overview

Expected prior/parallel learning:  The coursework in this module is closely linked with the students activities in his/he- 90-credit Extended Project, as appropriate. All the coursework, as far as is practicable, should relate to and complement the project work, by conducting auxiliary studies on issues of wider context.

Module purpose:  The module introduces the students to a range of aspects of engineering professional practice which should enable them to see modern electronic engineering in a wider context, encompassing e.g. health and safety, project formulation and planning, contract bidding. It is designed to be closely coupled with the tasks and activities associated with the 90-Credit Extended Project. In particular, the module course work complements and supports the project in terms of professional skills for successful project management. The module is complementary to module EEM055 (Engineering Professional Studies 2) offered in Semester 2.


Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

WANG Ning (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H100

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 145

Lecture Hours: 1

Seminar Hours: 4

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes the following.

Unit 1: Project planning

Project objectives and scoping

Requirements and requirements analysis

System specification

Functional system design

State of the art review


Patent search


R&D proposal

Project management tools

Project plan/Levels 1 and 2


Project costing

Management methods

Risk assessment and contingency plans


Unit 2: Project reporting/communication

Written reports

Technical writing


Management reports

Weekly/monthly reports






Unit 3: R&D project bidding

Technology levels

Funding bodies

Funding opportunities calls

Contract tendering

Internal authorisation processes


Collaboration agreement


Unit 4: Research and Development

Nature of research

University and industrial research

Awareness of parallel developments

Positive/negative results reporting

Characteristics of research projects

Scientific paper writing

Citation indices

Research ethics

Research methodology


Unit 5: Health and safety

Legal responsibility

Health and safety procedures

Behavioural safety

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to conduct state of the art technology and research review

  • Ability to plan a technical project and to write project proposals

  • Effective project reporting

  • Communication skills to present their project to different audiences, including specialists and general public

  • Appreciation of safety issues  

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

  1. Patent search  (25%).  (Circa 6 pages) Due Tuesday Week 5

  2. Project proposal  (25%). (6 page maximum) Due Tuesday Week 8

  3. Project planning and monitoring  (25%).  (6 page maximum) Due Tuesday Week 11

  4. Four-page conference paper  (25%).  Due Tuesday Week 14

These deadlines are indicative. For confirmation of exact dates and times, please check the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.

Formative assessment and feedback

For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.

  • During lectures, by question and answer sessions

  • During meetings with his/her project supervisor

  • Via the marking of written reports

  • Via assessed coursework

Module aims

  • R&D project planning
  • State of the art review of technology and research
  • R&D project proposal writing and project bidding
  • Risk assessment
  • Project reporting
  • Communication to different audiences
  • Research into future technologies
  • Health and safety

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Investigate and define a problem, taking into account constraints such as environmental and sustainability limitations, health and safety and risk assessment. Gain comprehensive understanding of design processes. Ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in electronic engineering, and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them (C,P,T,K). KCPT
002 Understand customer and user needs, including aesthetics, ergonomics and usability T
003 Generate an innovative design and to demonstrate how established techniques of enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in electronic engineering CP
004 Identify and manage cost drivers T
005 Demonstrate familiarity with the design process and the methodology of evaluating outcomes CP
006 Acquire knowledge and comprehensive understanding of management and business practices. K
007 Evaluate risks, including commercial. P
008 Comprehensively understand current engineering practice and predict likely developments, as well as to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, to make sound judgements, and communicate their conclusions to specialists and nonspecialists CT
009 Demonstrate extensive understanding of a wide range of engineering materials/components.
010 Demonstrate understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards .
011 Demonstrate awareness of quality issues P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the specified learning outcomes by teaching the course syllabus in lectures, and by guided learning using on-line resources. The independent study will be supported by setting the coursework in the context of the 90-credit project. The assimilation of knowledge, and transferable professional skills will be acquired through course work involving four assessed items. 

Learning and teaching methods include the following.

  • Lectures and seminars (10 hours)

  • On-line courses.  (30 hours)

  • Guided study

The student is expected to attend all the course lectures before the start of their project. The coursework will be marked against a generic marking scheme defined for each assignment.


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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Electronic Engineering (EuroMasters) MSc 1 Optional 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 2019/0 academic year.