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.

You will learn about methods to conduct research methods based on an open-ended research question provided by the tutors. You will learn: where and how to gather 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 may include, for example, measuring velocity, voltage, current and power. Key factors in measurement include the need to analyse the accuracy, errors, resolution and the need for calibration. You will be introduced to suitable computational packages for data analysis and processing in physics and engineering.

You will develop key communication skills in report writing, laboratory book writing (of laboratory data), and the presentation of information both visually (via graphs and diagrams) and using text. You will develop skills in processing information, for example, highlighting key findings and drawing suitable conclusions from a piece of work, and presenting the information in both written and oral format.

Group work
Communicating and working effectively in teams is a highly sought-after skill by employers. While working in a group with other students, you will develop skills in communication and project management. You will be responsible for managing individual tasks while ensuring completion of the group tasks. You will also be introduced to tools to keep track of your professional development throughout your programme

How will I learn on this module?

The module is a workshop based module. You will be supported with a range of material on elp in the form of pre-recorded content and directed study material. Student presentations 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 individual assignment based on OrCAD simulation report (for electrical engineering)/ Python software (for Physics students) (50%) and a group research poster presentation (50%). You will be allotted a group of 4-5 students where your group will choose a research project topic. The students will divide tasks between themselves required for completing the research topic and develop a poster. Each student in the group will provide a 2 minute oral presentation about their task in the poster. The assignment will be a report based on simulation work (in OrCAD and Python) designed to enable you to develop essential reporting skills and encourages good simulation practice. 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 seminar/ workshop sessions. You will also receive written feedback in relation to the formal assignment 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.

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, the open-door policy operated throughout the programme or during seminars and workshops.

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. (AHEP4 C17)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Apply knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and methodology through engagement with experimental work considering risk assessment aspect and relevant health and safety issues. (AHEP4 C9, C12, M9, M12)
3. Search technical literature and evaluate information on a given research topic. (AHEP4 C4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Understanding of the need to work effectively in a team and disseminate information clearly (AHEP4 C16)
5. Communicate technical information about a research topic by written report and oral presentation (AHEP4 C17)

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment will include an individual assignment report (OrCAD/ Python) coursework (CW) (50%) and a group oral presentation (PRE) (50%).

Presentation (PRE): Group oral presentation (50%).
Students will be divided in groups of 4-5 students where each group will choose a research project topic. The students will divide tasks between themselves required for completing the research topic considering aspects like project background and motivation, literature review, proposed methodology, proposed solution, results and discussion and conclusion. The group will develop a poster and present their individual tasks in an oral presentation format. Individual contribution in the group project will also be assessed (20% out of the 50%). (Assessed LO: 1,2, 3)

Coursework (CW): Individual assignment report (50%)
The assignment will be a report based on simulation work (in OrCAD and Python) designed to enable you to develop essential reporting skills and encourages good simulation practice. (Assessed LO: 4,5)

Formative assessment will take place during the seminars/ workshops sessions to provide regular opportunities for the student to assess their own learning. (All LOs are assessed)

Feedback will take several forms including: individual verbal / written comments on seminars/ workshops 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 (OrCAD, MATLAB and Python) will allow you to collect, analyse and understand their meanings and you will develop the ability to present your understandings in written report and oral/poster presentations (getting knowledge of Microsoft Office and Latex). 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 an individual laboratory report and a group oral presentation. On completion of this module, you will have strengthened your ability to solve practical problems, develop soft skills while working with other students and scientifically present your findings a number one skill for your future career aspirations.

Course info

UCAS Code F3F5

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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