RESEARCH METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING - 2017/8
Module code: ENGM275
Chemical and Process Engineering
WU C Prof (Chm Proc Eng)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 8
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 7 of the degree courses in Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, or equivalent.
The module is intended to introduce students to research methods in Chemical Engineering, with a focus on developing research ideas, undertaking a literature review and planning a research study. Students work with an academic supervisor to undertake a literature review of a research topic, and ultimately plan a research study to address identified research questions or test research hypotheses. The module is intended to develop the skill base and subject knowledge of the students so that research work can be effectively undertaken in semester 2 (see ENGM276) for the generation of original results or new understanding.
Prepare students for effective research work through: (i) an awareness of the research process and research skills, and (ii) experience with the intial-stage research activities of a literature review and research plan.
Further develop the technical writing skills of the students.
|Describe the research process and the significance of research questions and ethics, and effective research design.||KCT|
|Search, interpret and critique technical literature||KCT|
|Develop a research plan that carefully considers objectives, timeframes, milestones, resources and contingencies for a short (one semester duration) study.||CPT|
|Write a literature review for a research topic.||CPT|
|Write a plan for a research project.||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Literature search and review methods
Research questions and hypotheses
Research design: quantitative and qualitative methods
Research tools, e.g.: Gantt charts, reference managers
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Guide students through the process of taking a research topic and developing a realistic plan for a project that is grounded by current understanding and future needs.
Encourage experiential learning of the research process.
Develop a generic understanding of research methodology through seminars on research methods seminars and reading assignments.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Supervisor meetings 1 hour meetings for 12 weeks
Seminars 4 two-hour seminars: introduction to research in Chemical Engineering, literature search and review, research design and planning, research ethics.
Reading assignment 4 hours
Independent learning 10.5 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though the production of: (i) a literature review and research questions arising from this; and (ii) a corresponding research plan for a short (one semester) study. The latter requires a discussion and justification of the research design / approach, and will require reference to information in the reading assignment. The students will have the option of executing their research plan in ENGM276.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· Coursework 1 (Literature Review) – 80% (LO1, LO2, LO4)
· Coursework 2 (Research Plan) – 20% (LO3, LO5)
Weekly verbal feedback during supervisor meetings (LO1 – LO5)
Written feedback on Coursework 1 (LO2, LO4)
Written feedback on Coursework 2 (LO3, LO5)
Reading list for RESEARCH METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm275
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