Module code: ENGM276

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

WU C Prof (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Study Hours: 430

Seminar Hours: 14

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework RESEARCH PAPER 50
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION AND ORAL EXAM 25

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 7 of the degree courses in Chemical Engineering. Prior completion of ENGM275.

Module overview

The module is intended to provide a bridge between the research activities of CPE academics and the contents of the MEng programme in Chemical Engineering by providing students with an opportunity for independent research-based learning through individual projects. Advanced training is also provided on academic conferencing and publication skills, such as networking, research abstract / paper writing and presentation skills.

Module aims

Develop comprehensive independent learning skills through a research project.

Prepare students for further professional research training through, e.g., doctoral programmes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate familiarity with the major stages of planning, executing and reporting a research project. CPT
2 Effectively search, interpret and critique technical literature. KCPT
3 Design a practical, numerical or other evidence-based tests of a theory. KCPT
4 Evaluate experimental or simulation results in the context of known theory and / or scientific conjecture KC
5 Write a journal article of an appropriate (early-career researcher) standard. CPT
6 Present and defend research work to an academic audience. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

General Research Work:

Experimental, simulation or data-analysis work
Results / data preparation and interpretation
Research paper preparation
Oral presentation preparation and delivery

Workshop Support:

Publication processes
Journal selection: Impact Factor, Eigenfactor
Research paper writing: paper design; tense, voice and person; common errors / good practice; writing process and tips; conference and journal paper abstracts
Academic conferencing: conference process; preparation and motivation; paper title and abstract considerations; presentation design and delivery; networking; stress management.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Facilitate independent and curiosity learning through the careful supervision of research work that is further supported by generic skills-based workshops.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Supervisor meetings        14 hours distributed over 15 weeks (students are to keep a formal record of discussion and action points for each meeting)
Workshops                       3 two-hour workshops
Independent learning      ~33 hours per week for 13 weeks (average), including the regular update of a research portfolio, paper drafting and writing and preparation of an oral presentation 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though a range of deliverables relevant to real (professional) research work.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Coursework 1 (Research Paper) – 50% (LO1 – LO5)

·         Coursework 2 (Portfolio of Evidence) – 25%, e.g. raw data, extended literature information, laboratory notes, computer code, supervisor meeting notes, research plan and adjustments             (LO2 – LO4)

·         Coursework 3 (Presentation and Oral Exam) – 25% (LO6, LO2 – LO4)

Formative assessment

·         None


Weekly verbal feedback during supervisor meetings (LO1 – LO6)
Written feedback on Coursework 1-3 (LO1 – LO6) 

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.