Module title: Research Skills and Project Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11117
Module leader: Martin Askey
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jorge Kubie
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Formal lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver content and offer face to face support (LO1 – LO5). Students work in groups under the supervision of academic staff (LO1 – LO5). Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Module content is developed in consultation with employers and/or professional engineering institutions.
Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the continuous assessment component.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Formative assessment is carried throughout the module. Two reports (both assessing LO1 – LO5) are submitted: the first in week 8 and the second in week 13.

Research/ teaching linkages
Staff undertake scholarly and research activities in this area, and some of it is reflected in the delivery of this module.

Supporting equality and diversity
All materials are available on a Virtual Learning Environment to cater for the diverse student group.
Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each taught week of the module to support students.
Report writing guide will be included to help international students and those not familiar with report writing.
The wide range of learning modes, such as lectures and tutorials, will provide diversity. Virtual Learning Environment management and learning materials will complement face-to-face learning.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Online Guided independent study 70
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 40
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 28
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1-5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 70 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

- Managing a research project: selecting, planning and execution
- Team work.
- Information searching, information sources.
- Data: organising, processing and presenting.
- Reports: evaluation and review, structuring and writing.
- An overview of project management.
- Quality management.
- Time management and cost control.
- Performance monitoring and difference resolution.
- Project implementation, completion and evaluation.



Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: understand and apply principles of research to his/her field of study and to manage a research project.
LO2: perform a literature review, together with organising and performing data collection, analysis and presentation.
LO3: critically evaluate a given research project and apply the findings appropriately.
LO4: deliver project proposals on time and budget.
LO5: effectively present the results.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - SHARP, J.A., PETERS, J. AND HOWARD, K. (2013) THE MANAGEMENT OF A STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9780566084904
Recommended - BURKE, R. (2013) PROJECT MANAGEMENT: PLANNING AND CONTROL TECHNIQUES: JOHN WILEY & SONS, 5th ed. - ISBN: 9781118561256
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