Module Catalogue 2018/19

EEE1009 : Communication Skills and Innovation

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Andrew Lovatt
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To enhance the students abilities in the presentation of scientific work, using both written and oral styles. To provide formative feedback on the written work to support the requirements of other modules with a practical component.
To give the students the opportunity to take knowledge gained from formal lectures in stage 1 and produce an innovative solution to a problem of their own devising.

Outline Of Syllabus

Presentation skills - description of the requirements for the presentation of scientific studies, in both written and oral style. Laboratory sessions to perform the experiment which will be used to form the formative written work (Project 1 - Digital Volt Meter) and the oral presentation (Project 5 - switch mode power supply). Formative feedback on the written report and the oral presentation will be through peer review and tutor support during the small group tutorial sessions.
Innovation - Students will be issued with an embedded computer at the start of semester 1. This is purely self directed learning, with no formal contact time, however signposting of ideas from formal lectures in other modules will provide guidance and suggestions.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should have acquired :

Basic knowledge and understanding of some of the essential requirements for successful scientific presentations; in terms of content, presentation and delivery.

Knowledge and understanding of the steps required to realise a pre-determined circuit and a creative idea in physical electronic hardware.

Testing of appropriate electronic circuits.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to :

Apply the principles of scientific presentations to data the student has acquired.
Analyse experimental results and determine their suitability.
Undertake the construction and assessment of electronic circuits using suitable test equipment
Perform experiments safely.
Use laboratory equipment to generate data.
Apply quantitative methods relevant to electrical engineering to solve engineering problems and work with uncertainty.
Communicate effectively,using both oral and written methods.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Assessed
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Demonstration and preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Lab report (formative)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical93:0027:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work156:0056:00Innovation project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying principles to be assessed. The practical sessions provide the data for the written report and the oral presentation. The written report is used within small group tutorials (held independently to the module) for teaching the technique of peer review and to generate formative feedback to the student. The oral presentation is assessed within small group tutorials, by making a presentation to the group, assessing ability to ask and answer questions.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M33Presentation of the scientific results taken during the laboratory sessions
Design/Creative proj2A67Innovation project and demonstration
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written laboratory report is formative, but the skills developed will be beneficial to the production of higher quality reports for other modules at stage 1 and beyond.

The oral presentation is the most suitable method of assessing oral presentation skills of students, the majority of which will go on to make this kind of report in their professional career.

The innovation part of the module will be assessed by means of a demonstration to a panel of judges at the end of the academic year. This is designed to mimic the normal expectations of employers


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.