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2021/22 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 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. 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) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


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. Conduct a comprehensive investigation into a commecial technology opportunity, taking into consideration a broad range of factors, including technical viability, impact of disruptive technological developments, market statistics, and legal frameworks.
2. Apply project management skills including time planning, working to deadlines and producing deliverables.
3. Analyse data objectively and form substantiated conclusions.
4. Select and critically evaluate technical and business management literature and other sources of information.
5. Communicate effectively both the results of their own work and other complex information, with specialist and non-specialist audiences, selecting and evaluating the methods used.
6. Reflect on progress and the extent of independent self-learning and development, through undertaking a substantial technical project.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Identifying commercial technology challenges, 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
Sourcing relevant data on technical and business aspects, market statistics and relevant case studies
Legislation, including intellectual property law, contract law, standards and environmental laws

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 (term weeks). However, the precise format and frequency of these meetings will be arranged between the supervisor 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: 29/06/2021 16:47:30


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