2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
COMP5990M Professional Development & Skills 1
15 creditsClass Size: 15
Module manager: Prof Peter Jimack
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
Pre-requisite qualificationsAll students will have done an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences or Environmental Science.
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe module will develop a range of generic skills covering core areas of communication skills (written, oral, visual), time management, working in teams and networking that underpin successful achievement in a wide range of future careers. The options on this module consists of participation in generic skills courses provided by the central training providers (OD&PL, IT, Library), the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences or outside bodies. The courses chosen must be at an appropriate level and be agreed between the student and his/her supervisors and module leader. The aim of the courses must be to strengthen or develop generic skills. Students will engage in critical self-reflection through personal development planning (PDP).
ObjectivesThe objective of this module is to aid the student in developing and enhancing their research performance, employability, professionalism and engagement with society. The module will develop a range of generic skills that underpin successful achievement in a wide range of future careers.
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Understanding of relevant health and safety issues and demonstrate responsible working practices;
- Information management skills;
- Communication skills (oral, visual and written);
- Understanding of relevant ethical and legal issues connected with research;
- Understanding and contributing to the success of formal and informal teams;
- Develop skills and understanding of industrial or research organisation research methodologies with emphasis on planning and implementing investigations with guidance from academic and organisation placement mentors.
- Develop the capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
- Generic skills appropriate for PhD level and deemed relevant for the research project and development of the academic career of the student.
As part of this module the students will have the opportunity to learn a number of transferable skills including the following:
- Faculty CDT induction and CIEH level 2 in Health and Safety Certificate;
- Time Management;
- Python programming;
- Linux and LaTeX;
- Effective written and oral communication (research seminar attendance);
- Research ethics;
- Develop skills and understanding of industrial or research organisation research methodologies;
- The capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
The module begins with a workshop to support new cohort development, including team-working, problem-solving, exposure to open problems from industry and academia and some inspirational lectures. Subsequent topics include health and safety; effective written and oral communication; introduction to Linux and LaTeX; introductory programming (Python); networking; time management; research ethics.
|Independent online learning hours
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyPrivate study is required for follow up study of training seminars and to prepare for the industrial/research organisation placement in Professional Development and Skills 2 (COMP5991M).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackEach student will follow their own tailored Training and Professional Development Plan (TPDP) and compile a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP).
Progress will be monitored at formal tutor/supervisory meetings by the student, personal tutor/supervisor, and CDT Programme Leader.
The Professional Development Portfolio will be reviewed, and a 1,000-word reflective report by the student at the end of the year will be assessed.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Reflective log + spreadsheet of training attendance. Students may be asked to provide evidence e.g. hard copy certificates.
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 26/09/2023
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