RESEARCH METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING - 2021/2
Module code: ENGM275
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The module is intended to introduce students to research methods in Chemical Engineering, with a focus on developing research ideas and planning a research study. Students work with an academic supervisor to undertake a literature review of a research topic, and ultimately plan a research study to address identified research questions or test research hypotheses. The module is intended to develop the skill base and subject knowledge of the students so that research work can be effectively undertaken for the generation of original results or new understanding.
Chemical and Process Engineering
WU Chuan-Yu (Chm Proc Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: H810
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 7 of the degree courses in Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, or equivalent.
Indicative content includes:
- Literature search and review methods
- Research questions and hypotheses
- Research design: quantitative and qualitative methods
- Research ethics
- Research planning
- Research tools, e.g.: Gantt charts, reference managers
- Design of Experiments
- Health and Safety
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though the production of: (i) a research proposal for a short study, and (ii) an interim report including a response to feedback from the proposal, a more comprehensive literature review and/or an update on the execution of the project. The former requires a discussion and justification of the research design / approach, and will require reference to information in the reading assignment.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Coursework 1 (Research Proposal) – 40% (LO1, LO2, LO3)
- Coursework 2 (Interim Report) – 60% (LO3, LO4)
- 1 page 'white paper' submitted for peer feedback (wk 4)
- Presentation to Supervisors/Research Group (wk 6)
- Weekly verbal feedback during supervisor meetings (LO1 – LO4)
- Written feedback on Coursework 1 (LO2, LO3)
- Written feedback on Coursework 2 (LO3, LO4)
- Prepare students for effective research work through: (i) providing an awareness of the research process and research skills, and (ii) providing experience with the initial-stage research activities such as research planning.
- Further develop the technical writing skills of the students.
- Expose students to the 'peer review' by providing the opportunity to respond to feedback on their proposal in an interim project report
|001||Describe the research process and the significance of research questions and ethics, and effective research design.||KCT|
|002||Search, interpret and critique technical literature||KCT|
|003||Write a proposal for a research project that carefully considers objectives, timeframes, milestones, resources and contingencies for a short study.||CPT|
|004||Respond to peer review in the production of an interim report consisting of an updated literature review and/or discussion of progress on the execution of the proposal||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 10
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Guide students through the process of taking a research topic and developing a realistic plan for a project that is grounded by current understanding and future needs.
- Encourage experiential learning of the research process.
- Develop a generic understanding of research methodology through seminars on research methods seminars and reading assignments.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Supervisor meetings 1 hour meetings for 12 weeks
- Seminars 5 two-hour seminars: introduction to research in Chemical Engineering, literature search and review, research design and planning, research ethics, health and safety.
- Reading assignment 4 hours
- Independent learning 10.3 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)
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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