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 11 x 1-hour class sessions. Students will be expected to spend an additional 89 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 and oral presentations
  • 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
Groups present their rubric to the class 20
Draft notes on TED Lecture 20
Notes on Examination Preparation Lecture 10
Complete Plagiarism Quiz 1 10
Module Evaluation 20
Draft Lecture notes and forum contribution 10
Complete Plagiarism Quiz 2 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Week-by-week outline: 1 hour 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 (Circuit Theory) - Bloom’s taxonomy reviewed and study products outlined. Students tasked to note-take on ‘model’ lecture (presentation to include slides and whiteboard workings). Importance of note-taking workings to be raised vis a vis ability to follow procedure. Assignment: Submit draft notes from one of your lectures.

Week 3: Referencing - Presentation on referencing and identifying resources using the library, followed by an exercise. Assignment: Submit draft notes from one of your lectures.

Week 4: Plagiarism, Feedback and Discussion Board - Presentation on plagiarism and feedback. Review of submitted draft notes, exemplars to be identified and posted as a resource for all. Assignment: Complete, sign and return the School’s Plagiarism Declaration Form.

Week 5: First Q and A session (Open) - Q&A sessions enabling students to explore understanding of content taught within other modules. Topic selected by class. Assignment: Submit draft notes on this lecture.

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

Week 7: Second Q and A Session (Circuit Theory) - Q&A sessions enabling students to explore understanding of content taught within other modules. Topic selected from suggestions on Discussion Board. Assignment: Submit draft notes on this lecture.

Week 8: Oral presentations Rubric - Discuss the elements of a good presentation, agree on requirements and develop rubric for grading presentations. Assignment: Submit groups oral presentation rubric.

Week 9: Oral presentations 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: Groups present their rubric to the class.

Week 10: Third Q and A Session (Complex numbers) - Q&A sessions enabling students to explore understanding of content taught within other modules. Topic selected from suggestions on Discussion Board.

Week 11: Technical Reports and Rubrics - Writing Technical Reports, including discussion of associated rubric, and using that rubric to assess one of your earlier reports; what are the main improvements you could have made?

Week 12: Examination Preparation - Work through exam preparation ideas, revision techniques, use of practice questions and confidence marking.

Private study

Maintaining and responding to Forum and submit coursework


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

Subject specific skills

  • Agree objectives and work plans with individuals;
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
  • Communicate proposals persuasively and respond positively to feedback;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;
  • Have an appreciation of moral, ethical, financial and environmental issues that may need to be considered when practicing as an engineer.¬†


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