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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE1000 Technical Skills and Applications

20 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Dr JEJ Staggs

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to create the technical knowledge and skills required to pursue SCAPE programmes of study and enhance students' career prospects.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired the necessary information analysis and presentation skills and specifically:
- employ IT for technical writing and in the preparation and delivery of presentations through the use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software;
- gather information, reference and critically assess this in the form of a literature review; understand plagiarism and how to avoid it;
- analyse, present, model and critically assess experimental data; write technical or laboratory reports, as appropriate to their programme of study;
- write and deliver an oral presentation;
- gain appreciation of the basic principles of computer aided design (through Microsoft Visio) and its application via selected case examples;
- be able to work as a member of a team and apply engineering ethics principles.

Skills outcomes
Information skills: gathering and using information; referencing and plagiarism; critical analysis.
Communication skills: technical writing; literature reviews; report writing; oral presentation; poster presentation.
Data analysis and presentation: IT skills: use of software: MS Word, MS Power Point, MS Excel.
Microsoft Visio; basic principles of using software to draw plant units and representation of operating conditions.
Engineering Applications: carry out a risk assessment and operate a rig, obtain data and then analyse them.
Team working skills: researching information as a team, organising and planning tasks within a team, prepare and deliver an oral presentation as a team.


- Lectures on information skills (information gathering, referencing and plagiarism); writing skills (technical report writing); health and safety and risk assessment; data analyses and presentation (visual presentation of data; statistics - distributions and their description; data acquisition; error analysis and handling; analysing and modelling of statistical data; statistical design of experiments); practical briefings.
- Practical on information skills (information gathering); practical on IT skills (statistical analyses, Excel software), seminar on ethics, experiments designed to provide sufficient results for report compilation and data analysis: experiments introducing the concepts of fluid flow, electrical circuitry and the testing of materials.
- Allocation of subject-specific projects and groups (4-6 students per group).
- Lectures on engineering ethics: decision making, group and individual responsibility;
- Group project assignment (literature review, technical drawing using Microsoft VISIO, short technical report, oral presentation).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Computer Simulated Practical Techniques52.0010.00
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Group learning31.003.00
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

As a result of the teaching and assessments, the students are expected to:
- Prepare for lectures, lab practicals, computer practicals and in-class tests
- Write reports following their experiments in lab practicals
- Meet as a group to collect, analyse and discuss research findings
- Write a group report
- Prepare and practice a group oral presentation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Discussions during lectures.
Practicals during the experiments - discussion with lecturers, demonstrators and technical staff.
In-class tests.
Continuous feedback given on lab practical report assignments.
Regular meetings with group supervisors and subsequently oral presentations and report writing.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Self/Peer AssessmentAs part of group project4.00
Group ProjectIndividual reports & group responsibilities28.00
PresentationGroup presentation8.00
PracticalPractical report40.00
PracticalPractical reports x 20.00
In-course MCQIn-class test10.00
In-course MCQIn-class test10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/02/2020


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