Core Module Information
Module title: Research Skills and Project Management

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

Module code: MEC11117
Module leader: Nazmi Sellami
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Nazmi Sellami
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.

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.

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

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:
Formative assessment is carried throughout the module in tutorial work.

Summative Assessment:
Two reports: one in week 10 assessing LO3, one in week 13 assessing LOs1-4 and an oral in week 13 assessing LO5.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 75
Independent Learning Guided independent study 75
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 14
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 15 5 13 HOURS= 00.30, WORDS= 0
Report 50 1-3 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Report 35 1-4 13 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MEC11117 Research Skills and Project Management