BSEN40460 Research and Teaching Methods

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed to introduce research and taught masters students to the essential skills of research and teaching. These are transferable skills required in any workplace environment. The module is divided into three parts:
(1) 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 (focusing on the scientific paper); oral communication.
(2) Teaching skills: roll of teaching assistants; modes of learning; plagiarism and cheating; assessment; objectivity and grading.
(3) Interview skills: CV; interview technique; first impressions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Seminar (or Webinar)


Computer Aided Lab


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures, continuous assignments with student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: CV for general job application (INT) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Scientific paper (RM) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: 10 minute presentation (lecturing example) describing your project (TM) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: Mock interview (INT) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Tutorial material (TM) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: Oral presentaton on project activities (RM) Varies over the Trimester n/a 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Professor Paula Bourke Tutor
Professor Nick Holden Tutor
Dr Sharon O'Rourke Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 28 Tues 09:00 - 16:50