INU8001 : Researching and Writing in Science & Engineering

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enable students to:
•       understand the genre of Literature review of their subject area.
•       Write-up scientific data

1.       To familiarise students with the conventions of these genres, both in terms of structure/organisation and use of language
2.       To provide students with the linguistic tools to describe, analyse and critically evaluate research
3.       To provide students with the linguistic tools to write-up data
4.       To contribute to the development of research skills
5.       To raise awareness of issues relating to academic practice and the avoidance of plagiarism
6.       To enable students to meet the expectations of readers within their own academic community
7.       To develop self-awareness and reflection of the strengths of their writing skills and areas in which they could improve.

Outline Of Syllabus


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00A combination of class teaching and small group and pair work
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:0076:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The approach described above facilitates the integration of knowledge transmission (mainly through whole-class, tutor-led teaching) and skills development (through student-centred small group and pair work), thus addressing both types of intended outcomes. Private study is essential to extend and consolidate learning and this is encouraged with the written coursework task.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Students are guided through the process of writing a 2500-word literature review.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is assessed by a coursework task (100% of formal assessment).

The coursework requires students to write a 2,500-word literature review. A workbook is provided which guides students through the process of writing a literature review. Completing the workbook requires students to engage with the processes of planning, drafting, editing and redrafting their literature review. Both the workbook and the completed literature review must be submitted by the deadline specified at the beginning of the module. If a student fails this component of the module, they will have to resubmit the coursework. Students are considered to have failed the coursework if they score 39 or less.

Additional Module requirements:

(1) Candidates are required to attend 75% of the scheduled classes. If the student falls below 75% attendance, the decision on the final mark for the module will be deferred until successful completion of a bespoke assignment. In the assignment, students will have to demonstrate that they have processed and understood the sessions missed. This will take the form of self-study tasks and reflective writing. If the bespoke assignment is of a satisfactory standard, the student will pass the module, but with their mark capped at 40. If the bespoke assignment is not completed to a satisfactory standard, the student will receive an overall mark of zero for the module.

(2) A student who attends less than 50% of the classes will be judged to have failed the module. In this instance, a re-sit will be required during the normal re-sit period. In addition to the re-sit, the student will still be required to satisfy 'module requirement (1)' outlined above.

Reading Lists