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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC3030 Professional Studies

10 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Professor Rob Kelsall

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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.


This module will introduce students to a variety of important aspects of working in industry and to the role of the engineer in society.

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of management techniques, such as project management, risk management, decision making, operations management, identifying and managing cost drivers.
2. Understand the need for sustainable design and manufacture, waste management and recycling and be aware of National, EU and world legislation.
3. Show awareness of the legal framework governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environmental risk) issues.
4. Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering.
5. Show awareness of intellectual property and contractual issues.
6. Work with appropriate codes of practice and industry standards, including quality standards.
7. Understand how to make use of technical literature and other information sources and demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
8. Show appreciation of a range of other engineering disciplines.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop a good understanding of the importance of electronic engineering to society as well as the need to consider ethical, societal and environmental issues that accompany new technologies. Students will gain a good insight into future developments in a range of specialist areas of electronics.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Career and Professional Development:
The role of the Learned Societies in Engineering

Ethics and Professional Conduct:
Public responsibility of a scientist/engineer
Environmental issues, sustainability, recycling, pollution, effects on different communities, animals, nature

Project Management:
Case Studies
Business Strategy
Process & Operations Management

Production engineering, Supply chain management, Stock economics: just-in-time
Raw materials, components, hazardous materials, emissions & waste, environmental impact, sustainability. Quality management

Finance / accounting
Law for Engineers: Company law, Intellectual property, Privacy Issues, The Data Protection Act, Premises and health and safety

Frontiers of electronics:
New developments in key areas such as energy systems & power electronics, digital electronics & signal processing, communications networks, microwave engineering, Terahertz electronics and nanotechnology

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 Learning41.004.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for group assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via group assignments.

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
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentGroup Assignment 125.00
Online AssessmentGroup Assignment 225.00
Online AssessmentGroup Assignment 335.00
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 08:35:35


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