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Unit information: Research and Professional Skills in 2020/21

Unit name Research and Professional Skills
Unit code CENGM0077
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Agarwal
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop their research and professional skills in the domain of earthquake engineering and infrastructure resilience.

Students will be exposed to scientific presentations, research outputs and earthquake damage scenarios and prepared to reflect on these and critically analyse the findings before they do the same on a topic of their choice.

Students will visit an earthquake prone area within Europe. In case that the visit follows a major earthquake event it will focus on the study of the effects of the specific earthquake on structures and infrastructure. In case the visit is not associated with a recent earthquake event the schedule shall include major centres for earthquake engineering research and/or challenging seismically designed projects. In case international travel is not feasible, the visit will be organised in a virtual form including online presentations and talks by international experts as well as access to field data and external databases from previous trips and earthquakes. During the visit the students are expected to work in groups to identify interesting cases for study and gather data related to both the associated earthquakes and structures. Upon their return the students are expected to write a report summarizing the processed data and the lessons learnt.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students will:

ILO 1. Be able to write a reflective essay to promote self learning

ILO 2. Be adept at critiquing a scientific paper

ILO 3. Be able to structure and write an essay

ILO 4. Have an advanced understanding of academic referencing

ILO 5. Be able to source literature efficiently on a particular technical topic

ILO 6. Synthesize literature sources and produce a comprehensive literature review report

ILO 7. Have an appreciation for advanced methods of scientific data presentation

ILO 8. Have developed advanced oral presentation skills

ILO 9. Understand to relate the characteristics of earthquake ground motion to structural performance and damage pathology

ILO 10. Understand the key parameters for designing earthquake-resistant structures in earthquake regions

ILO 11. Gather information and field data

ILO 12. Summarize, process and interpret the data gathered to draw meaningful conclusions as per the response of structures and infrastructures to earthquake loading.

Teaching details

Teaching programme will consist of research seminars (8 hours), paper discussions (4 hours), research and data analysis techniques (10 hours) using a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching.

A 3-day field visit to an earthquake affected area will be organised if circumstances allow. In particular, students will spend three days in the field in an earthquake prone European country at the end of TB2 and work in group sessions to process and evaluate the data acquired. In case international travel is not feasible, the visit will be organised in a virtual form including online presentations and talks by international experts as well as access to field data and external databases from previous trips and earthquakes.

Assessment Details

Coursework portfolio (single submission) 90%

Oral presentation 10%

Reading and References

Varies from year to year and depends on the project work

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