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Unit information: Research Skills in 2017/18

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Unit name Research Skills
Unit code EMATM0036
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Giuggioli
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will equip students with the skills necessary to plan an original research project in the area of Engineering Mathematics. The unit will address both academic research skill and some transferable skills, e.g. working in groups, scientific writing.


To ensure that students have the research skills to undertake a research project

To ensure that student are aware of the particular issues of working in the area of Engineering Mathematics

To enable students to plan a research project.

Intended learning outcomes

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

1. Complete a literature survey in preparation for a major piece of research.

2. Plan a research project in the area of Engineering Mathematics

3. Identify specific skills they require to complete the project and acquire them through independent study

Teaching details

Lectures and one-on-one meeting

10 hours of lectures

Full day seminar - presentation of research project plan - 6 hours

184 hours of private study, including preparation of literature review, preparation for lectures and seminar.

Assessment Details

Students will receive formative feedback on through meetings with their supervisor for the unit. (formative feedback on the project plan will also help prepare students for the research project)

Summative assessment

Literature Review (3,000 words) 60% - marked by an independent assessor

Research project plan 40% - marked by the assessor with formative feedback from the supervisor

Reading and References

Students are advised individually by their project supervisor(s) on appropriate references depending on their project.