KD4014 - Research, Analysis and Presentation

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to introduce you to gathering research data from either laboratory or reference material, analysing the acquired data in an appropriate manner and then presenting the key findings. Formal training in experimental techniques acquired in this module will support your professional and personal skills.

Research methods will demonstrate where and how to gather information; researching for knowledge and information which can be applied to generate solutions to real world problems. The ability to select from a number of research methods is important for example the ability to research a method to design simple laboratory tests.

Correct use of units and symbols for physics and engineering along with the use of data analysis techniques. Specific techniques may include for example: mean and standard deviation, simple regressive techniques, log – log and log linear relationships, and error analysis. Simple measurement techniques for example measuring of velocity, voltage, current and power. Key factors in measurement include the need to analyse the accuracy, errors, resolution and the need for calibration.

Key communication skills in report writing, lab book writing (of laboratory data), and the presentation of information both visually via graphs and diagrams and using text. A number of key skills are in focus here namely the highlighting of key findings and drawing suitable conclusions from a piece of work. Both written and oral presentation skills are exemplified.

You will be introduced to suitable computational packages for data analysis and processing in physics and engineering.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using a combination of formal lectures and laboratory sessions. Theoretical material delivered in lectures will be augmented with a strong practical element involving group work and interactive demonstrations in the laboratory. Student presentations (both individual and group) will be used as an opportunity for you to practice and develop your key transferable skills and employability through exemplified research work which are relevant to real-world applications.

The module will be assessed using an assignment based on laboratory work (50%) and an individual research presentation (50%). The assignment will be a report based on laboratory work designed to enable the you to develop essential reporting skills and encourages good laboratory practice. While the presentation will be on a research topic and will be used to assess the development of the communication skills needed by professionals, including demonstrating awareness of the wider societal or technological context of relevance of the research topic in question.

Formative feedback will be provided throughout the year during laboratory sessions. You will also receive written feedback in relation to the formal laboratory report and oral presentation.

Independent study is supported by further technology-enhanced resources provided via the e-learning portal, including lecture notes and e-handouts. Online test will be provided to support student learning

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures and laboratories will be the main point of academic contact, offering the student with a formal teaching environment for core learning. Laboratories will provide students with opportunities for critical enquiry and exchanges.

Outside formal scheduled teaching, you will be able to contact the module team (module tutor, year tutor, programme leader) either via email or the open door policy operated throughout the programme.

Further academic support will be provided through technology-enhanced resources via the e-learning portal. You will have the opportunity to give their feedback formally through periodic staff-student committees and directly to the module tutor at the end of the semester

Throughout the module you will learn various skills in research, analysis, computing and presentation which are important for early-stage research career.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Describe and illustrate the understanding of science and engineering principles using a range of verbal, written and graphical techniques when researching and analysing real world problems. (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. SM1m, EA1m)
2. Demonstrate engineering laboratory skills with an overview awareness of Health and Safety issues. (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. EP6m)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Analyse, interpret and present experimental data obtained from instrumentation with knowledge of the characteristics of the particular equipment (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. EA1m, EA4m, EA3m, D2m)
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and methodology through engagement with experimental work and by using them to analyse engineering processes. (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. EP3m)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. ET1m)
6. Autonomous search, selection and dissemination of information (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. EP4mm)

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment will include a laboratory report (50%) and an individual oral presentation (50%). LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 will be assesed by the laboratory report and LO1, LO2, LO4 will be assessed by the oral presentation.

Formative assessment will take place during the laboratory sessions to provide regular opportunities for the student to assess their own learning. Examples include the creation and delivery of group posters.

Feedback will take several forms including: individual verbal / written comments on lab work delivered in class or via blackboard; verbal feedback on the seminar work; written feedback on the report based on the experimental laboratories and on the assignment.





Module abstract

In this module you will develop essential skills in data acquisition, their analysis and their presentation. Data acquisition from hardware and software based systems will allow you to collect, analyse and understand their meanings and you will develop the ability to present your understandings in written report, poster and oral presentations. Supported by state of the art laboratories and IT facilities you will learn fundamental research methods to serve you for the rest of your studies and career. The summative assessment for this module consists of a 10-page laboratory report and a short individual oral presentation. On completion of this module, you will have strengthened your ability to solve practical problems and scientifically present your findings a number one skill for your future career aspirations.

Course info

UCAS Code H602

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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