10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This unit provides training in essential personal effectiveness skills to enable students to carry out their PhD research projects as well as to gain an insight into the skills required to work successfully in industry. Training will cover skills such as networking, communication and presentation, motivation, assertiveness, project and time management and creative thinking. Students will be encouraged to take a reflective approach to their learning and will be encouraged to identify their own additional training needs. The unit will be followed up by additional training in years two to four of the CDT programme and is supported by a requirement to complete a Personal and Professional Development (PDP) log to relate training to PhD learning and experience.

Restrictions on availability: Yes only open to students on CDT Programmes

Staff Contact: Dr Plato Kapranos
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Personal Portfolio, including classwork and web-based exercises.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering):

Teaching timetable


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Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK