CEG8110 : Project Skills and Professional Development

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to focus the students on employability skills and professional development throughout the Environmental Engineering MSc programme, and to prepare students for graduate progression to professional status of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) or similar professional bodies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will run in block mode in Semester 2. Attendance at School seminars is also a requirement of the module, and industrial speakers (often CIWEM members) will contribute several sessions.

Formal training sessions will be held on core skills such as oral presentation, posters, critical writing, literature searching, plagiarism, data presentation and statistics, and risk assessment. Many of these skills will be further developed and assessed in other modules, particularly CEG8198 (MSc Project and Dissertation in Environmental Engineering), while oral presentation and poster presentation skills will be specifically assessed in this module.

Using the technical content of their dissertation projects as the basis, students will be required to deliver a 15 minute oral presentation to an audience of students and staff and will also produce an A1 poster for an end of year conference event in Semester 3.

Students will be required to record and reflect on their professional development both within and outside the programme, and consider their route to full membership of a professional institution, through the completion of an evidence-based Professional Portfolio aligned to CIWEM competences.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:001 x 1.0 hour Statistics lecture. Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:001 x 1.0 hour lecture: Risk assessments. Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Attendance guest speakers/seminars (learning requirement not part of module) PIP/ synchronous Plan B
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials20:451:30(1)Professional competences (2)Field work risks & hazards. Synchonous online/non-synchronous as req
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Oral presentation preparation and delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00Poster presentation preparation and defence. Professional portfolio preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP Statistics workshop in PC Cluster (2 sessions; one for each group of two of 20)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Meet graduates and employers workshop. PIP or Synchronous online, as needed
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:301:30tutorial / Q&A: completing risk assessments/professional portfolio. PiP/Synchronous online Plan B
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study211:0021:00Background reading and independent reflection
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Staff & guest speaker sessions (with CIWEM/industrial speakers) will introduce and develop learning outcomes 1-3. Training workshops and a computer practical will be used to introduce and develop learning outcome 4. Learning outcome 5 will be introduced in training workshops and guest speaker sessions, and further developed in group discussion and independent reflection in the progressive process of completing the Professional Portfolio. Prior to the module and soon after the start of their MSc programme, students will be introduced to CIWEM, actively encouraged to join as student members and the module and Professional Portfolio will be explained. A session on plagiarism will also be delivered early in Semester 2 and reinforced again during the block teaching week.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M50Professional Portfolio document
Poster2M25Poster submission and display at conference event
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Presentation slides submission and oral presentation at conference event
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Learning outcomes 1-3 and 5 are collectively assessed by the Professional Portfolio of evidence that the students are required to progressively complete throughout their programme.

Many of these core skills within Learning Outcome 4 will be further developed and assessed in other modules, particularly CEG8198 (MSc Project and Dissertation in Environmental Engineering), while oral presentation and poster presentation skills will be specifically assessed by the oral presentation and poster presentation elements of this module’s assessment.

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