Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 28 Hours.
Practical 4 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word essay  covering ethical and legal issues  50%
Semester Assessment portfolio of coursework  designed to demonstrate awareness of the following areas: computing skills; dissemination strategies; key skills in teaching; team-work; personal development; research management; bibliographic skills.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

On completion of this module, students should be able to;

  • Demonstrate a range of bibliographic and computing skills
  • Critically assess the ethical and legal issues involved in research practice, including issues of intellectual property rights
  • Demonstrate skills in a range of dissemination strategies, including writing, oral presentation, internet usage, media usage
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key skills involved in teaching in a higher education context
  • Work as part of a team
  • Show an appreciation of the issues involved in managing a long-term research project
  • Demonstrate skills in personal development, including self-awareness, career planning, self-promotion and marketing

Brief description

This module is designed to be an integral component of the new RT masters courses which the University has introduced in order to meet the joint funding council / AHRB statement on Research Training. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.


This module aims to give research students a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills that they can apply in a variety of research interests. In particular, it will develop the ability of students to undertake independent research projects. to this end, students will be required to submit independent work, which is linked to their own research topic, and their ability to formulate and manage independent research projects will be assessed. The module will also cover personal and career development. Students will be given skills in negotiationg and networking, self-awareness and career evaluation, teaching skills, self promotion and personal marketing. The module also contains IT skills, both for general career development and in an applied research context.


This module covers the following topics:
  • Academic communication and writing
  • Academic communication and Information seeking
  • Oral presentation strategies
  • Literature searching and Literature review
  • Research management
  • Teamworking skills
  • Electronic Information sources
  • Endnote
  • Teaching
  • Self-reflection and evaluation of your skills from the employers perspective
  • Managing the transition to employment, developing a strategy and self-marketing
  • Legal and ethical issues, including intellectual property, privacy and confidentiality, and issues relating to information and material contained in electronic format


This module is at CQFW Level 7