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CME8064 : Research, Communication and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Lecturer: Miss Katie Wray
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module introduces and practices competencies to enable students to learn and record self learning and development as the foundation of life long learning and CPD

Outline Of Syllabus

Competency is the ability to do something effectively. This module is filled with diverse learning and opportunities that provide a context for students to collect, develop and practice competencies in relation to their masters degree. These range from academic skills, enterprise skills, technical and numeracy skill through to the practical application of learning from taught modules in your programme, and the self-identification of outcomes.
This module sits alongside other technical and skills modules in Science, Agriculture and Engineering to frame and apply disciplinary knowledge and skills to graduate futures. A variety of approaches are unpacked and documented in NUReflect to provide a portfolio of evidence for the competency development alongside other MSc modules throughout the programme. This includes a Net Zero Innovation Bootcamp

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Reflective portfolio of learning and competency.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading164:0064:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities156:0056:00On going maintainence of a Reflective Log
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops24:008:00Workshops
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to provide training to support students in developing the skills required Students will be introduced to theories relating to personal and professional development. The formal sessions are also used to introduce students to the assessment criteria and help them prepare for both the formative and summative assessments.

The reflective tool will be introduced and students will be encouraged to regularly update their profile and use the framework to support and facilitate the applied learning and development through reflection and critical analysis.

Self-directed learning resources are provided throughout the module to introduce students to the relevant literature and allow them to make links between their practical experiences and the knowledge and skills developed over the course

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M100Portfolio of learning and competency alongside a 1000 word commentary.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log2MFormative review of reflective record
Reflective log2MFormative review of reflective record
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to maintain a formative reflective record throughout the module. This will enable them to develop the portfolio. The written assessment will allow students to present and discuss their personal and professional learning and development in relation to transferable employability and research skills and will incorporate relevant literature on personal development.

Reading Lists