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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5006M Training and Professional Development Activities 2

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Claire Brockett

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

2:i or above in BSc, BEng/MEng or MSc in an engineering or physical sciences discipline and/or admission to the Ctr of Excellence in Medical & Biological Engineering or DTC: Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine PhDs.

This module is not approved as an Elective


The objective of this module is to aid the student in developing and enhancing their research performance, employability, professionalism and engagement with society.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the following generic skills appropriate for PhD level and deemed relevant for the research project and development of the academic career of the student.

- information management skills communication skills (oral, visual and written);
- understanding of relevant ethical and legal issues connected with research;
- application of effective project management and enterprise through setting goals; milestones; prioritisation; responsible working practice);
- understanding of relevant health and safety issues and demonstrate responsible working practices;
- knowledge transfer, commercial and public awareness including interaction with networks, research groups and wider communities;
- understanding of ethical and legal issues connected to their research;
- ability to work independently and in multidisciplinary teams, understanding how your behaviour impacts on others when working in teams.

The student should have reflected on the acquired skills and their relevance for the student's own research and academic career. These reflections should take the form of a written report as part of the student’s Professional Development Portfolio.

Skills outcomes
Students will be able to train in the following areas of transferrable skills:
- health and safety
- managing a PhD
- project management
- effective written and oral communication
- presentation
- intellectual property
- research ethics
- enterprise, knowledge transfer and commercial awareness
- independent and multidisciplinary working
- teamworking and building
- public engagement.


The module will develop a range of generic skills that underpin successful achievement in a wide range of future careers. It covers four core areas: communication skills (written, oral, visual), enterprise, knowledge transfer and commercial awareness, working in multidisciplinary teams and public engagement.

The options on this module consists of participation in generic skills courses provided by the central training providers (SDDU, ISS, Library, Institute meetings and seminars, the Faculty of Engineering or outside bodies). The courses chosen must be at an appropriate level and be agreed between the student and his/her supervisor(s). The aim of the courses must be to strengthen or develop generic skills.

The module will be delivered by interactive seminars and independent online learning.

Students will engage in critical self-reflection through personal development planning (PDP).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning145.0045.00
Independent Learning155.0055.00
Private study hours50.00
Total Contact hours100.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Students will be required to organise their reflective log to demonstrate their learning after seminars, meetings, training sessions, workshops etc.

- Each student will follow their own Training and Professional development Plan (TPDP) which will be developed in conjunction with their supervisor.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Progress will be monitored on a continuing basis by students research supervisor and/or programme director who will discuss with the student about selecting optional courses for the module.
- The Professional Development Portfolio will be reviewed at formal tutor/supervisory meetings and a 1,000 word report by the student reflecting at the end of year 2 will be assessed.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective logProfessional Development Portfolio reflective/synoptic statement100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:01


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