Skip to main content


CME8064 : Research, Communication and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Other Staff: Dr Helen Webster, Miss Emily Dott
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The overall aim of the Module is to furnish the student with the skills to prepare a research proposal and project plan for their dissertation project. The students will carry out a literature review of their chosen project to help plan the overall objectives and establish a methodology for the work. It is also designed to develop the ability of students to critically reflect on their personal skills development and apply this to other learning activities, especially those relating to the dissertation project (which may include a work based learning element).

Outline Of Syllabus

Employability: How to prepare a CV/covering letter; Using Social Media to Enhance your Employability; Interview Techniques and Professional Interactions

Skills Development: Engaging with the Reflective Literature, Using ePortfolio and Reflective Thinking; Reflective Log:

Research Project: Planning; Critical Evaluation of the Literature; Databases; evaluating sources; critically reviewing literature

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials132:0032:00Online teaching materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00M&P Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Reflective Log
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading152:0052:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities14:004:00Individual or group research and reading for formative exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00PiP Assorted workshops to help develop skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery82:0016:00PiP To support the module
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and workshops are designed to provide training to support students in developing the skills required to critically evaluate the scientific literature; and approach and undertake a research project which may be a work-related learning placement. 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 ePortfolio tool will be introduced and students will be encouraged to regularly update their profile and use the framework to support on-going management of the project and reflection of the experience. This will 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 through attending the lectures, tutorials and the placement/project.

The module is based on transferable employability and research skills and students will achieve the learning outcomes through full engagement with the opportunities provided by the subject-specific placement/ project.

Drop-in clinics will allow students to receive one-on-one support for any aspect of the module.

Alternative arrangements will be made if needed as a result of the public health situation, all PiP sessions will take place online in this case.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M80Methodology and Planning Report. Project scope and outline with project plan, 2000 words.
Report2M20Reflective Log. 1000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log2MFormative reflective record maintained through the NU Reflect tool.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The main deliverable from this module will be a report outlining the scope and objectives of the dissertation project, including the methodology and a project plan. This will be discussed and developed with the teaching team, and placement supervisor if it is an industrial placement, to support students in developing timely and deliverable objectives to be undertaken during the placement and to help the take responsibility for their role during the placement and identifying and mitigating any risks to the successful completion of the project. Students will be able to incorporate feedback from this into their reflective log.
Students will be expected to undertake formative assessment to develop their presentation, CV and covering letter writing skills with feedback from the teaching team. The CV and cover letter will be used as part of the application process for industrial based placements.

Students are expected to maintain a formative reflective record throughout the module using the NU Reflect tool. 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