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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE1000 Technical Skills and Applications

20 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Dr N Hondow

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to create the technical knowledge and skills required to pursue SCAPE programmes of study and enhance students' career prospects.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired the necessary information analysis and presentation skills and specifically:
- employ IT for technical writing and in the preparation and delivery of presentations through the use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software;
- gather information, reference and critically assess this in the form of a literature review; understand plagiarism and how to avoid it;
- analyse, present and critically assess experimental data; write technical or laboratory reports;
- write and deliver an oral presentation;
- be able to work as a member of a team and apply engineering ethics principles.

Skills outcomes
Information skills: gathering and using information; referencing and plagiarism; critical analysis.
Communication skills: technical writing; literature reviews; report writing; oral presentation.
Data analysis and presentation: IT skills: use of software: MS Word, MS Power Point, MS Excel.
Engineering Applications: carry out a risk assessment, obtain data and then analyse them.
Team working skills: researching information as a team, organising and planning tasks within a team, prepare and deliver an oral presentation as a team.


- Lectures on information skills (information gathering, referencing and plagiarism); writing skills (technical report writing); health and safety and risk assessment; data analyses and presentation (visual presentation of data; statistics - distributions and their description; data acquisition; error analysis and handling; analysing and modelling of statistical data); practical briefings.
- Practical on information skills (information gathering); practical on IT skills (statistical analyses, Excel software), seminar on ethics, experiments designed to provide sufficient results for report compilation and data analysis.
- Lectures on engineering ethics: decision making, group and individual responsibility;
- Group project assignment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning81.008.00
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

As a result of the teaching and assessments, the students are expected to:
- Prepare for lectures, lab practicals, computer practicals
- Write reports following experiments in lab practicals
- Meet as a group to collect, analyse and discuss research findings
- Write a group report
- Prepare and practice a group oral presentation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Discussions during classes.
Practicals during the experiments - discussion with lecturers, demonstrators and technical staff.
Feedback given on lab practical report assignments.
Regular meetings with group supervisors and subsequently oral presentations and report writing.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectGroup project35.00
In-course MCQTest5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/07/2022


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