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2021/22 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 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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.


This module introduces 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. Discuss the contractual frameworks used in commercial engineering and the legal protections available for key aspects of engineering collaboration including intellectual property protection and data security.
2. Evaluate solutions designed to minimise the environmental and societal impact of engineering activities and discuss the need for sustainable manufacturing, materials sourcing and supply.
3. Discuss the principles of quality management and relevant industry standards, and recommend methods for implementing continuous improvement.
4. Analyse ethical concerns in engineering and apply professional codes of conduct to address them.
5. Discuss the principles of management techniques such as project management, risk management and operations management.
6. Discuss the principles of commercialisation of innovation and business growth.
7. Identify and evaluate cost drivers and income streams in commercial engineering and construct realistic business plans.
8. Work effectively within a team, recognising and applying inclusive practices.
9. Communicate complex information effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences, in a variety of forms.

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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning61.006.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentGroup Assignment 125.00
AssignmentGroup Assignment 225.00
AssignmentGroup Assignment 335.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)85.00

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.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)15.00

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: 29/06/2021 16:47:29


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