Module Title:   Professional Skills

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG1008M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Skills - study, research, laboratory

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Business and Management (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Mr Bradley

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr Carruthers, Dr Khan, Dr Chapman, Dr Youseffi

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide key skills development which enables students to research, develop and communicate facts, concepts and reasoned arguments, within the context of their chosen discipline, whilst working both individually and co-operatively.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The aims of the course will be achieved through lectures and tutorials based both in the School, the Careers Service and the JB Priestley Library. Students will work both individually and in teams to develop the variety of skills. In addition, a combination of presentations and `site` visits will be used to illustrate professional practice within the student cohort`s discipline. Supplementary assessment is to repair deficiencies in original assessment.

Lectures:   18.00          Directed Study:   6.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   58.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   6.00          Formal Exams:   0.00  &nbsnbsp;       Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1Describe the principles underpinning formal written and oral technical presentations 1.2 Describe the models applicable to team-based problem solving.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Use models and tools to achieve desired outcome 2.2 Act as an efficient team member in group activities

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3 Use data presentation; communication; teamwork & leadership; life long learning and personal management skills.

  Coursework   60%
  Technical report, 1200 words.
  Presentation   40%
  5 minute oral presentation.

Outline Syllabus:
Study Skills - note taking, exam revision, answering exam questions, principles of effective time management.Communications Skills - model of a communication, the importance of the receiver, sources of noise, selection of appropriate method of communication, the structure of an effective communication (the 4Ps and `tell them three times` models), recognising quality in professional work (the SOLO taxonomy, acknowledging source materials, clarity of purpose), the link between clear definition of `problem` and a `relational` `possibilities` and use a problem solving strategy (IDEAL) to achieve this, the formal structure of a technical report and inter-relations with the communication models, tools for undertaking and refining literature searches, conventions for the use of language to obtain clarity of expression, presentation of technical data using diagrams, tables and graphs, referencing techniques, structure of an oral presentation, techniques for effective delivery, the use of visual aids, dealing with questions.Professional Studies - combination of presentations and `site` visits to illustrate professional practice within the student cohort`s discipline. CVs and applications for employment. Introduction to teamwork, skills for group based problem solving, Belbin`s analysis of group dynamics, brainstorming.

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