Module IED-1064:
Professional Perspectives

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Prof Paul Spencer

Overall aims and purpose

The module is designed to embed essential transferable skills (communication and presentational skills, information skills, basic data analysis, Higher Education (HE) study skills and employability awareness), in subject specific and HE context. There are two key aspects to the aims of this course:

• Assist students with their approach to other modules, and help them develop the skills needed to succeed in Electronic Engineering courses.

• Provide students with transferable skills needed for employment as engineering professionals.

The module will consist of 14 hours of class sessions (1 or 2 hour sessions). Students will be expected to spend an additional 186 hours on assignments, self-study and group study. Students are expected to participate fully in all module activities. This means being fully present in class, being prepared to give and receive feedback on assignments, and be an active member of the class.

Course content


  • Time management and planning. Understanding the aims of modules and courses. Previewing lectures and taking minutes.
  • Note-taking and asking critical questions. Reviewing lecture content and notes
  • Referencing, plagiarism, and identifying resources using the library, and paraphrasing.
  • Technical report writing
  • Oral presentations
  • Lab book write up skills. Effective and professional presention of an experiment's key information.
  • Examination preparation technique, revision techniques, use of practice questions and confidence marking

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria







Writing and presentation skills in an engineering context.

Communication skills are sufficient to convey the main points. Some errors and omissions Information delivered in a clear and logical manner. Work placed in context. Communication skills convey key message in a concise manner, with no significant errors or omissions.

Enhanced learning skills required to become an independent learner

Basic skills needed for HE study and CPD understood. Occasional lapses, or errors, in applying these skills Confident learner, consistently applies learning strategies. Independent learner able to identify needs and address them

Literature searches and critical analysis and assimilation of technical information. Able to identify and avoid plagiarism

Capable of basic literature searches and assimilation of data. Can undertake literature searches that capture more that just the salient points and make sensible decision in refining searches Can undertake detailed literature searches and critically appraise the information

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Draft notes on TED Lecture 10
CLASS TEST Complete Plagiarism Quizzes 10
WRITTEN PLAN Submit groups oral presentation rubric 10
GROUP PRESENTATION Groups present their rubric to the class 20
REPORT Draft Lecture notes 10
REPORT Notes on Examination Preparation Lecture 10
REPORT Technical Report 20
REPORT Experiment write up excercise 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Week-by-week outline: 14 hours of lectures over 12 weeks .

Week 1: Introduction Explain the goals of module and expectations. Discuss time-management and planning. Discuss the importance of language and accuracy of definitions. Use key terms from upcoming lectures to introduce the idea of previewing.

Week 2: Importance of Note-taking Bloom’s taxonomy reviewed and study products outlined. Importance of note-taking workings to be raised vis a vis ability to follow procedure. Assignment(1): Submit draft notes from one of your lectures.

Week 3: Referencing Presentation on referencing and identifying resources using the library, followed by an exercise.

Week 4: Plagiarism and Feedback Presentation on plagiarism and feedback. Review of submitted draft notes, exemplars to be identified and posted as a resource for all. Assignment(2): Complete both online Plagiarism Quizzes

Week 5: Oral presentations Rubric Discuss the elements of a good presentation, agree on requirements and develop rubric for grading presentations. Assignment(3): Submit groups oral presentation rubric, with the name of group and its membership

Week 6: Reading week No formal lecture, time to be spent completing assignments set in other modules and review the content delivered in those modules Assignment(4): Submit draft notes on TED lecture.

Week 7: First Oral Presentation Session Groups to present their rubric to the class. Exercise focuses on the ability to develop, agree and communication, via a presentation the outcome, of a task in an quick and effective manner. Students should reflect on how well they performed against their own rubric Assignment(5): Groups present their rubric to the class.

Week 8: Second Oral Presentation Session Groups to present their rubric to the class. Exercise focuses on the ability to develop, agree and communication, via a presentation the outcome, of a task in an quick and effective manner. Students should reflect on how well they performed against their own rubric Assignment(5): Groups present their rubric to the class.

Week 9: Decision Making Tools Introduction to sum simple decision making tools: Decision Matrix and Pair Comparison Analysis table

Week 10: Technical Reports and Rubrics Writing Technical Reports, including discussion of associated rubric.

Week 11: Examination Preparation Work through exam preparation ideas, revision techniques, use of practice questions and confidence marking. Assignment(6): Submit draft notes on this lecture.

Week 12: Q and A Session (Open) Q&A sessions enabling students to explore understanding of the content taught within other modules.

Private study

Maintaining and responding to coursework demands


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: