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Research Methods and Practice Group Project M ENG5324

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

You will gain an understanding of research methods and practice covering topics including managing your data, data analysis, literature reviews, experimental methods, oral, written and multi-media presentation skills, dissemination of research via social media, public engagement, and undertake short team projects related to research in the James Watt School of Engineering or the School of Physics and Astronomy. To be awarded credit for this course, you must also complete and pass a total of 5 credits of specified courses from the College of Science and Engineering Graduate School Doctoral Researcher Training Programme.

Timetable

Specialist short lecture courses, weekly meetings with the project managers during the project, two interim presentations to project managers and a final presentation to project managers.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

10% Abstract (written group report)

10% Research topic - poster presentation (group)

20% Interim report - presentation (group)

30% Final group presentation including video

30% Personal reflection (individual written report)

Course Aims

To give students the experience of working in a team related to research that requires developing an understanding of a particular research topic and presenting this via a literature review, short abstract, poster and oral presentations, and developing material for public engagement using multi-media approaches including a video. To be awarded credit for this course, students must also complete and pass a total of 5 credits of specified courses from the College of Science and Engineering Graduate School Doctoral Researcher Training Programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse a technical or research challenge in the field of integrated optics and advanced data storage;

■ address wider aspects of a project including literature reviews, time management, gathering and distilling data;

■ work and communicate effectively in a team;

■ develop multi-media material about the research, including a video, to engage non-specialist audiences; and

■ present their team's findings effectively in written reports, a poster presentation and an oral presentation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students are expected to attend all meetings with the project managers and to contribute to all presentations and reports. They must make a significant contribution to the work of their team. To be awarded credit for this course, students must also complete and pass a total of 5 credits of specified courses from the College of Science and Engineering Graduate School Doctoral Researcher Training Programme.