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Unit information: Master Class Seminars in 2018/19

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Unit name Master Class Seminars
Unit code CENGM0048
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Agarwal
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Students will be exposed to scientific presentations related to research topics they may undertake for their MSc dissertation. The major aim of this unit is to provide students with a chance to observe research presented orally and critically analyse research outputs.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

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. Be able to conduct probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a seismic region and produce a written report on the seismic hazard assessment.;

Teaching details

Students will attend 6 research seminars throughout the teaching block and 2 group sessions where they will debate a research paper as set by the moderator. The open discussion of research will build confidence in their ability to understand and evaluate leading work in the Earthquake and Resilient Infrastructure field.

6 research seminars (6 x 1.5 hrs) 9hrs total

3 paper club sessions (3 x 2 hrs) 6 hrs total

85 hours private study

Assessment Details

Reflective essay portfolio (100%) IL0 1-4

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

Reading and References

A reading packet of academic papers will be given to the students. Content will vary from year to year.