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Unit information: Research Skills in 2020/21

Unit name Research Skills
Unit code AENGM0036
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ivanov
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit is intended to develop professional research skills for planning scientific/engineering research projects with academic and industrial impacts. The students will learn how to critically review research papers in the area of interest, identify potential research subjects, and propose research projects, which are the core skills underpinning a successful research career. The activities within this unit are aligned with their individual research projects.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • undertake original research,
  • plan and prepare a concise written technical report,
  • orally present technical contents and information to a broader audience, including handling questions and tailoring technical and specialist knowledge,
  • adopt a high standard of record keeping and management of information.
  • In addition, the students will become familiar with major research challenges in composites processing (Journal Club) and their subject area (Literature Review).

Teaching details

The unit will comprise seminars, tutorials, individual works on literature reviews related to research projects.

Assessment Details

100% literature review

Reading and References

Appropriate references are supplied on the lectures for each component of the course. For the review element, students are advised individually by their project supervisor(s) on appropriate references depending on their project.