Module Specification

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title RESEARCH SKILLS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Code ELEC483
Coordinator Professor JW Bradley
Electrical Engineering and Electronics
J.W.Bradley@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15

Aims

To provide students with the necessary background information so that they will be able to satisfactorily research, plan and undertake their project.


Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Co-requisite modules:

 

Learning Outcomes

(E1) Reflect on experiences, reflecting on goals and objectives, building a reflective habit, and building self-awareness through reflection.

(E2) Assess and compare personal skills and attributes to identify development needs.

(E3) Apply knowledge and skills to build a professional network, integrating program learning, graduate attributes and professional experiences to construct a professional identity.

(E4) Prepare evidence to enhance employability, to demonstrate positive behaviours and communicate appropriately for a job/study interview.

(LO1) Ability to demonstrate and appreciate the importance of communicating technical/scientific information.

(LO2) Ability to demonstrate and appreciate the importance formalising the organisation and planning of project work

(LO3) Capable of collecting and assessing the resources required to complete a project and presenting their findings in both oral presentation and written reports

(LO4) Determining the critical path in the planning of a project

(LO5) Show use of methodologies for organising and planning project workcommunicate via executive summaries, technical reports and oral presentationsanalysing and synthesise research data

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show use of methodologies for: organising and planning project work; communicate via executive summaries, technical reports and oral presentations; analysing abd synthesise research data

(S2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Independent learning; Problem solving and design skills


Syllabus

 

Introduction to projects: course components and purpose; executive summary

2 - 3. Independent work: developing independent working & self-motivation' preliminary report

4.   Planning skills: Problem solving and time-management

5 - 6. Key research project management skills : report preparation and writing skills

7. Literature search principles : importance of scientific, referencing literature

8. Practical skills in literature search: Practical session on library search, including on-line searching.

9-10. Data production and analysis : Data Analysis, errors, results presentation.

11-12. Project selection and specification : How to select a project; aims and objectives; milestones; deliverables

13-14. Project planning: Task descriptions' estimating a task duration; specifying hardware tasks; speficfying software tasks.

15-16. Project progress and monitoring : Monitoring work; assessing progress; identifying and addressing problems.

17-18. Project presentation: Essentials of project oral presentation.

19. Project presentation practical skills : project results presentation.

20.  Critical review of the project work and presentation.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Due to Covid-19, one or more of the following delivery methods will be implemented based on the current local conditions and the situation of registered students. It is anticipated that both a) & b) will be in operation for semester 1.
(a) Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on Campus
Teaching Method 1 - On-line asynchronous lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - Synchronous face to face tutorials
Description: Tutorials on the Assignments and Problem Sheets
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight

(b) Fully online delivery and assessment
Teaching Method 1 - On-line asynchronous lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - On-line synchronous tutorials
Description: Tutorials on the Assignments and Problem Sheets
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight

(c) Standard on-campus delivery with minimal social distancing
Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Tutorials on the Assignments and Problem Sheets
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20

8

8

    4

3

43
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 107
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Project Specification and planning Standard UoL penalty applies Not anonymously marked Resubmission opportunity available.      20       
Project Preliminary Report Standard UoL penality applies Not anonlymously marked Resubmission opportunity available      20       
Assignment 5 - Executive Summary No anonymously marked Standard UoL penalty applies Resubmission opportunity available      10       
Oral presentatation of Literature review Resubmission opportunity available Standard UoL penalty applys Non anonymously marked      20       
Short Pilot Literature review Standard UoL penalty applies There is a resit opportunity Not anonymously marked      20       
Employability activities, including Mock assessment centre Video interview Situational judgement Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Alumni Event / LinkedIn Skills audit and reflective log      10       

Reading List

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.