Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional and Research Skills
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 90 Hours   3 Core topics assignments  Three core topics are to be taken and assignments submitted on each.  60%
Semester Assessment 55 Hours   3 Optional topics assignments  Three topics are to be selected from the options presented and assignments submitted on each.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resit  Resubmission of failed components  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Critically evaluate recent developments in the research field of interest as documented in the refereed literature.

Demonstrate the skills underpinning the planning, presentation and assessing of a research project.

Critically evaluate the fundamental physics of the interaction of radiation and matter in a range of applications.

Apply relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct to engineering problems.

Interpret concepts, calculations and observations in advanced topics underpinning current research areas.

Present and discuss the concepts, calculations and observations in written themed tasks.

Brief description

The module will be delivered in six distinct blocks. Three will cover the core themes and will be compulsory for all students. In these, students will gain experience of core skills relevant to research and industry. The remaining three sessions will be selected from optional themes that cover various aspects in physics and engineering based on current staff research profiles.
Each block is self-contained and can be delivered as a distinct training unit e.g. for CPD.


The aim of this module is to enable students to master skills in research and professionalism that are aligned with both the theme of their chosen degree scheme and research expertise of the department. The module covers six main topics, three being core and three optional. Students are introduced to a variety of applications and techniques and associated experimental and computational methods in addition to skills in research and professional codes of conduct.


Core themes:
• Research skills
• Professional skills
• Radiation-matter interaction

Optional themes: (these are typical, the extended list will depend on the research interests of current staff)
• Optical spectroscopy
• Analogical models
• Molecular modelling
• Surface Science Techniques
• Space plasmas and fields
• Nano and energy materials
• Tomography

External academic and industrial experts will be invited to contribute to optional themes.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience are developed in the selection of topics and completion of related assessments.
Critical and analytical thinking are developed and applied in the core topics.
The topics are delivered as self contained units, coordination with others is developed through group discussions and practical work.
Problem solving skills are developed and applied through the core and optional topics.
Technical and professional skills in Physics and Engineering are developed in this module.
Professional communication is developed through the requirements for written assessments.
Reflection is developed through the review and discussion of feedback and in the core topics where students reflect on literature and the application of professional standards.
This module develops employability skills for industry and academia. Real world applications are discussed and external experts invited to contribute to topics.
Digital capability is developed in all topics through the use of computer processing and use of advanced software packages.


This module is at CQFW Level 7