BSEN40460 Research, Teaching & Career Skills

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module is designed to introduce research and taught masters students to the essential skills of career development, research and teaching. These are transferable skills required in any workplace environment. The module is divided into three parts:
(1) Career Development skills: CV; interview technique.
(2) Research skills: introduction to information resources (examples include journals, library resources, digital archives); online academic tools (Sciene Direct, Web of Knowledge, Scopus); searching and assessing the merit of information from digital resources; Ethics & Integrity; Data management; structured writing; oral communication.
(3) Teaching skills: role of teaching assistants; modes of learning; plagiarism and cheating; assessment; objectivity and grading.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
- Present yourself to potential employers in a professional and honest manner
- Identify the merit of an information source (e.g. peer reviewed journal or web archive)
- Synthesise your research work into structured writing
- Communicate and present your work effectively
- Effectively contribute teaching activities in your workplace

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Seminar (or Webinar)


Computer Aided Lab




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Module is taught across three main components: careers development, research skills and teaching skills.
Module is delivered through lectures, which are face to face with a self directed workshop online components.
The module assessment covers all three components through continuous a range of continuous assessment.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment(Including Essay): Career Skills: CV for job application (completed in December). Week 1 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Career Skills: Mock interview for job application (completed in December). Week 1 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Research Skills: Literature Search Methods Assignment. This assignment will familiarize you with different approaches for literature search and review. Week 4 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Research Skills: Scientific Poster Presentation. This assignment provides an opportunity to present your preliminary research project or thesis findings in a poster presentation. Week 8 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Teaching skills: Tutorial material. Week 11 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Teaching Skills: 10 minute lecturing example using your teaching materials. Week 12 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Professor Paula Bourke Tutor
Dr Sharon O'Rourke Tutor