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Unit information: Research Skills: Literature Review, Data Processing and Presentation Skills in 2018/19

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Unit name Research Skills: Literature Review, Data Processing and Presentation Skills
Unit code CENGM0045
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. May
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Aims: students will complete a literature review on a technical topic related to Earthquake Engineering and Resilient Infrastructure as preparation for their summer dissertation. In addition to this they will develop a data-management and presentation plan to assist in scoping their dissertation project. They will make a presentation on their preliminary findings to the year cohort.

Intended learning outcomes

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

ILO 1. Have an advanced understanding of academic referencing

ILO 2. Be able to source literature efficiently on a particular technical topic

ILO 3. Synthesize literature sources and produce a comprehensive literature review report

ILO 4 Have an appreciation for advanced methods of scientific data presentation

ILO 5. Have developed advanced oral presentation skills

Teaching details

11 hrs of lectures plus full day seminar where students will present their preliminary findings:

  1. 11 hrs of lectures (11 x 1hr)
  2. Full day seminar – presentations (6hrs)
  3. 83 hrs of private study

Assessment Details

  • Literature Review Report (60%) IL0 1-3
  • Presentation (40%) IL0 4-5

Please note that regular formative feedback will be provided through teaching activity such as simple exercises and optional activities.

Reading and References

Varies depending on project