Module code: ENGM291

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

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Module Leader

WU Charley (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H810

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 131

Tutorial Hours: 4

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

  • 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
Coursework Research Paper 75
Oral exam or presentation VIVA VOCE 15
Coursework Handover Documentation/project engagement 10

Alternative Assessment


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 – LO4)

  • Coursework 2 (Presentations) – 15%, this will consist of individual presentations (10%), a group poster presentation and defense (5%) and production of a brief video for public engagement (LO5, LO2 – LO3)

  • Coursework 3 (Handover Documentation/project engagement) – 10% Submission of all data with appropriate documentation, models, experimental procedures, plan for disposal of chemicals/lab tidy up, proactive engagement through the semester as evidenced in project meeting minutes etc.

Formative assessment

  • None


  • Weekly verbal feedback during supervisor meetings (LO1 – LO5)

  • Written feedback on Coursework 1-3 (LO1 – LO4)

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 Design a practical, numerical or other evidence-based tests of a theory. KCPT
003 Evaluate experimental or simulation results in the context of known theory and / or scientific conjecture. KC
004 Write a journal article of an appropriate (early-career researcher) standard. KCPT
005 Present and defend research work to an academic audience, and the to the public. CPT

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:

  • 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 ~21.5 hours per week for 13 weeks (average), including the regular update of a research portfolio, paper drafting and writing and preparation of presentations

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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng 2 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 2021/2 academic year.