Aims/Description: This module provides you with a generic professional and research skills base to build upon during your studies. Study is divided into a number of complementary elements including, for example:Technical Writing Skills, Presenting Your Research, Research Methodology for Scientists and Engineers, and Literature Review Preparation. Many topics are delivered in partnership with The Researcher Development and Graduate Centre (RDGC) that has been established to enhance the University's central provision for postgraduate researchers. Working alongside the academic disciplines, the Centre fosters best practice in researcher development and delivers a range of skills training and personal development opportunities to meet the needs of researchers from across the disciplines. With advice from your Programme Director, you select to enrol on module elements that best fulfil your individual training requirements. Most training activities are timetabled throughout the academic year. The lectures are complemented by examples and opportunities to practice, in which techniques are highlighted to enhance competency in the areas being studied. Coursework is used to provide formative and summative assessment, and presentations and summative peer feedback is used to develop application skills. One compulsory element is the research for and précis of three academic papers relevant to your area of interest into a 5000 word report (Activity C4) or (for NGCM students) the 5000 word report preparing your summer research project (Activity N2).

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Chemical and Biological Engineering):

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