EEE1009 : Communication Skills and Innovation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

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.

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

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