Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM128 - Professional Development (2019)

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MODULE TITLEProfessional Development CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM128 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 12 12 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 0
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Professional development is the acquisition of knowledge, experience and skills, as well as the systematic development of the personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties. It includes both the acquisition of new skills, to broaden and maintain engineering and scientific competence, and the enhancement of existing skills, to keep abreast of evolving knowledge.

 

This module integrates various elements of continuing professional development activities, both formally timetabled and external to the main teaching syllabus. It includes a selection of mine/industrial visits; lectures and seminars by external speakers and self directed learning, as well as training on research and presentation skills.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module aims to initiate and engrain the use of continuing professional development (CPD) activities within your professional (and personal) life.

 

Membership of various professional institutes, including the routes through to Chartered Engineer or Chartered Geologist, requires an active, planned and documented programme of CPD in order that members demonstrate commitment to developing their professional competence.

 

This module provides an opportunity for you to broaden your technical expertise beyond initial degree specialisation, to develop an awareness of issues such as environmental protection and health and safety, and to acquire other professional skills, e.g. communications skills, interpersonal skills and management techniques.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1  demonstrate knowledge and working practice of undertaking a full range of CPD activities effectively and independently.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
2  show critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in the forefront of your field of study or area of professional practice.  
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
3  exemplify technical report writing skills;
4  prepare and deliver a verbal presentation on a technical subject to a small audience;
5  exhibit time management and team-working skills, and the ability to coordinate group activities.
 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

The module runs throughout the academic year; with activities scheduled or anticipated in all three terms.

The specific syllabus will be diverse, flexible and varied. In part, its scope will be adaptable, giving opportunities for you to attend various activities as they arise. Core activities will include a series of special topics/lectures; visits/tours of mines, industrial or exploration sites; individual and group project work and reporting.

Activities can be as simple as developing practical skills through a series of tutorials or highly focused short courses, or they may be designed to increase theoretical knowledge and in depth understanding based on critical examination of specific working practices over a longer period of time.

For the first two terms, there will be at least one formal timetable hour per week for activities, and/or for documenting CPD activity/personal reflection etc.

Special topics

We will select contemporary topics to study from recent developments in the mining/minerals field and you will conduct individual or small group research under the guidance of staff. Topics will depend on the special interest of staff, students or visiting experts, and we will pick them with the intention of broadening your exposure to areas of mining engineering not covered in detail through existing modules. Moreover, topics will focus on mining, minerals processing or mineral economic areas, and you will learn about them through lectures, seminar presentations, open classroom tutorials and independent study.

You will make a series of individual or small group reports on your study of some of these mining/minerals engineering topics; we will only provide minimal supervision in order to foster initiative and originality. Furthermore, you will be required to produce a mixture of written report(s), posters and verbal presentation, which provides an opportunity for you to develop project and time management, report writing skills etc. ahead of your main dissertation.

Invited/guest lectures

CSM has a diverse programme of visiting lectures throughout the year; and also hosts lectures in collaboration with local institutes such as the Cornish Institute of Engineers and the South-West branch of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Visits/tours of mines, industrial or exploration sites

Field-based training makes use of the outstanding geology, extractive industry and environmental locations and case studies that are available and readily accessible in Cornwall.

You are actively encouraged to seek out and attend events outside of those provided or hosted by the University, in keeping with the aim of fostering a CPD ethos.
 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 36.00 Guided Independent Study 114.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Tutorials 12 Tutorial with staff member(s); approximately once a fortnight throughout first two terms. Initial briefing and distribution of special topic data and requirements for project work
Reflective practice 12 Specific (timetabled) slots set aside once a fortnight to allow personal reflection, peer group interaction etc.
Lectures/workshops 12 Key lectures and workshops aimed at specific special topics and training in personal skills
Independent study time 114 Independent study; including directed learning on individual or small group project work.
   

In addition, it is expected that 3-5 days will be devoted to visits/tours of mines, industrial or exploration sites.  
 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Review of professional logbook     Variable 1 Pro-forma mark sheet with additional feedback via written comments
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Professional diary/logbook of attendance at internal and external lectures, mine visits and any other CPD activity 25 Variable; logbook kept throughout the year 1 Pro-forma mark sheet with additional feedback via written comments
Written report(s) (inc. small group (3-4) exercises) 25 2 x c.3000 word reports 2,3 and 5 Pro-forma mark sheet with additional feedback via written comments
Individual presentation /seminar contribution (verbal or poster) 25 20 minute oral and/or poster presentation 2,4 and 5 Pro-forma mark sheet with additional feedback via written comments
Personal review and peer assessment of contribution to seminars, activities etc 25 Reflective assessment and peer assessment of an individual’s performance is undertaken at various stages throughout the year 1 Pro-forma mark sheet with comments
 
         

Assessments will be targeting different audiences and include some surprise elements of assessment.

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Summative assessment Additional summative assignment    Weighting as above August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, re-submission of various elements of assessment. 100% coursework.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

Megginson, D and Whitaker,V. 2003. Continuing professional development. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London.  


ELE: College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Megginson, D and Whitaker,V. Continuing professional development Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London 2003 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Professional development; special topics; industrial visits.