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Module Title Presentation and Communication Skills/Team Skills Development
SchoolMetallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Module Code 04 17697
Module Lead Prof David Book
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions EPSRC sponsored EngD in Engineering Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies
Description Presentation and Communication Skills: This module will develop oral and written communication skills - Planning a research thesis; Writing a scientific paper; Illustrations and tables; Grammar, punctuation and editorial style; References; Abstracts; Summarising reports; Effective poster presentations; Effective oral presentations - preparation, achieving focus, organising the presentation, using language effectively, achieving speaking excellence, visual aids. Team Skills Development: The development of team and interpersonal skills by participation in activities to encourage strategic, time, and project planning and management. The course is undertaken in a residential environment to facilitate the development of the team ethos, where the team are given progressively challenging scenarios which require team member participation through planning, delegation, team working and problem resolution for the achievement of the task. The tasks are under the responsibility of a facilitator (from the Centre for outdoor pursuits, and from School staff/nominees for the management games/challenges) and teams are each guided by an appointed mentor for the course duration. Teams participate in a debriefing after each half-day of the programme, for the recognition of achievements, and for the recognition of skills and attributes to transfer forward to future challenges.
Learning Outcomes Presentation & Communication Skills - by the end of the module the student should be able to: Make effective presentations appropriate to the occasion; Prepare a scientific paper; Plan a thesis. Team Skills Development - by the end of the module the student should be able to: Use the acquired and developed skills (including self-awareness) in team skills as relevant to an engineering manager in the professional undertaking of their responsibilities in the workplace.
Assessment 17697-01 : Literature Review : Coursework (50%)
17697-04 : Group Talks : Presentation (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Presentation & Communication Skills: Satisfactory completion of tutorial exercises (summary and practice presentation). Team Skills Development: A 30-minute plus 10-minute Q/A session poster presentation by the team, given at Coniston, and which is peer-assessed by another participating team (20%), the team mentor (60%) and two facilitators (10% each).
Reading List Dodd, J S (ed). 1997. The ACS Style Guide. 2nd ed. Washington D C: American Chemical Society.
Armstrong, M. 1993. How to be an Even Better Manager. Kogan Page.
Davies, J W. 1996. Communications for Engineering Students. Longman.