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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5885M Engineering, Technology and Business Management Project

45 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Taisir Elgorashi

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth), 1 Sep to 31 Aug (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


To carry out a detailed study of an emerging technology in electronic/electrical engineering, communications engineering, or a related discipline, from different business perspectives including the innovation management, supply chain management, and consumer perception aspects.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstate an in-depth understanding of the business principles and commercial drivers which influence technology development.
2. Determine the success or otherwise of commercial technology ventures.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Students should identify a commercial technology challenge, which may be, for example: a single product innovation venture; a business development built around a core enabling technology; a fundamental change to an existing market caused by a disruptive technology, by resourcing issues, or by legislative changes; or the evolution of a high technology market in response to economic, cultural or other shifts
Students should collect relevant data on both the technical and business aspects of their study, e.g., market statistics and specific case studies. Relevant legislation, including intellectual property law, contract law, standards and environmental laws, should be considered
The final reporting of the project should demonstrate that academic principles from both engineering and business have been applied to the study; that a sufficiently comprehensive and unbiased set of data has been collected; that the analysis of data has been objective; and that this analysis has resulted in a clear set of conclusions

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning21.002.00
Private study hours448.00
Total Contact hours2.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Private study

In addition to the supporting lectures, students will have meetings with an academic (staff) supervisor. It is expected that there will be an opportunity for students to meet their supervisor an average of once per fortnight for the duration of the project. However, the format and frequency of these meetings will be arranged between the staff member and the student.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on their progress during meetings with their academic supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportInterim report 4000 words20.00
ReportFinal report 8000 words40.00
PresentationFinal Viva30.00
Tutorial PerformanceSupervisor's assessment of progress, initiative and achievement10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:36


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