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These modules allow you to study areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) from outside of your chosen discipline. This also includes topical areas of science being pioneered by our researchers that are not currently offered within our undergraduate programmes. 

2020-21 STEMM Modules

Module outlines are provided below, please note that this is for guidance only and may be subject to change. 

STEMM Module list

Academic Integrity in STEMM

 What is this module about?

In this module, you will develop an understanding of what academic integrity means for you, your discipline and your wider practice. You will develop a personal view of academic integrity and consider questions such as what compels students to cheat, what are the benefits of acting with integrity and what are the consequences of fraudulent activity in a research or academic setting?

What skills will I learn?

This module will guide you to identify and reflect on academic integrity principles, operate successfully in a research team and conduct research into academic integrity problems in a fair and ethical manner. You will critically evaluate your findings and present them online, as well as reflect on your own ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team. 

How will this module be taught?

You will be taught online using a flipped classroom approach focusing on the relevant ideas from research and wider practice. A substantial amount of the module will be devoted to the discussion and sharing of ideas, facilitated through video conferencing. Guest presentations will be incorporated into the module directed by international researchers in the field. Much of the learning will take place in interdisciplinary research teams including activities outside the sessions where you will investigate an academic integrity issue and present the results at a virtual conference. You should read around the subject to help you identify areas that you would like to work on. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback is integrated throughout the module. Due to the collaborative nature of the module, much of the feedback will be peer led. You will provide other students with feedback on their reflections on academic integrity, on their proposed research questions, on their initial background research and on their virtual presentations. Feedback from the teaching team will be provided as appropriate during the sessions, with comments on the final individual blog post summarising your research provided within ten working days. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: (i) Individual reflective summaries (20%); (ii) Individual blog post discussing group research (10%)
  • Practical: Group presentation on research topic (70%) 
When will this module be assessed?

The assessment is integrated throughout the module. After the introductory material, you will complete a reflective exercise, which will be peer reviewed during the second week. For most of the module, you will be working as part of a group on a research project, including discussing your progress online, delivering a short virtual group presentation in week 6 and a full group presentation in week 9. After the virtual conference presentation, you will complete a second reflective exercise and create a blog post to summarize your research. In week 10, you will complete personal and peer review activities.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code COMP60024
Department / Faculty Computing
Teaching Team Thomas Lancaster
Teaching term Autumn
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Building Resilient Structures: The Science and Technology of Earthquake Engineering

 What is this module about?

This module will provide you with a contextualized overview of the science and technology of structural earthquake engineering. You will reflect on how earthquake engineering relates to different disciplines within society and gain an understanding of the tools engineers use to protect infrastructure from earthquakes through a project involving hands-on design, 3D printing and shake-table testing.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn to identify the socioeconomic, political, and environmental impacts of earthquakes and their influence on seismic resilience. You will be taught how different structures are designed to survive earthquakes, with earthquake shaking table demonstrations to explain their behaviour. You will learn to use your mobile devices to record and study the dynamic behaviour of simple objects/structures. You will also have the opportunity to use drafting software, create physical models using 3D printing technology and remotely participate in the shake-table testing of your models under seismic action. All this will develop your critical thinking, data analysis, and communication skills. 

How will this module be taught?

Online lectures will provide knowledge on the content and will incorporate computer-aided remote learning exercises and classroom discussions using collaboration tools such as Zoom or Microsoft teams. Videos and animations will be used to understand terminology and there will be recorded demonstrations to help explain structural behaviour concepts. Remote tutorials will be available to provide support. There will be online multiple-choice quizzes (2-minute drills) and a recap (admit tickets) of what you have learnt from prep work before each online session. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

At the end of each remote session, groups will present a major structural failure from an earthquake event (structural stories) and receive live feedback from peers. Marks from quizzes will be posted on the VLE. Your reports and/or multimedia content will be marked and returned with grades and feedback, and the marks from the outreach activity will be posted. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Structural dynamics activity using mobile devices (20%)
  • Multimedia report on 3D printed model testing (40%)
  • Video for scientific outreach (30%)
  • Participation in structural stories, admit tickets, and 2-minute drills (10%, formative)
When will this module be assessed?

The dynamics activity will be carried out before the mid-term (2nd quarter), and the 3D printed model testing will take place towards the end (3rd quarter) of the module. The outreach activity will be an end-of-term activity.

ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code CIVE60009
Department / Faculty Civil and Environmental Engineering
Teaching Team Christian Málaga-Chuquitaype and invited speakers
Teaching term Spring
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Climate Change – Science and Solutions

 What is this module about?

This module aims to bring students together from across the College to teach the latest climate science and create a community of creative problem solvers. Each week will focus on a different aspect of climate science, with topics ranging from atmospheric physics to policy, and governance to the energy transition. Given that this is a global issue, you will come away with an understanding of how the impacts are being felt in different regions and communities.

What skills will I learn?

The module will teach you how to construct arguments on the urgency, implications and impacts of climate, and to understand the nature of the climate crisis. You will be able to reflect on solutions or mitigation strategies and apply scientific methods to evaluate arguments in support of climate action. The module will also help you identify opportunities to use your own expertise to make a positive impact. 

How will this module be taught?

Learning will take place through a mixture of online lectures, webinars, discussion groups and self-study. There will be twenty hours of content.  

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback will be given on weekly quizzes and peers will give both formative oral feedback and summative feedback on the critical analysis. Individual feedback will be given by a member of the teaching team for the essay. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Engagement (10%)
  • Weekly Quizzes (40%)
  • Critical Analysis Essay (50%)
When will this module be assessed?

All the assessments will take place within the spring term.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code EART60030
Department / Faculty Grantham Institute / Earth Science and Engineering / Centre for Environmental Policy / Physics
Teaching Team Sophie Smith, Yves Plancherel, Paulo Ceppi, Joeri Rogelj, Alex Koberle
Teaching term Spring
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Consultancy for Mars Settlement Design

 What is this module about?

This module is about designing a Mars habitat to live in. Your class will be proposing a Mars habitat to your client who needs structures, operations, automation and happy, functional workers who stay alive. Sharing STEMM knowledge, you will use early client feedback to create, communicate and defend your final proposals.

What skills will I learn?

This module will enable you to produce advice, concepts and sketches as required by a client, and give you an opportunity to develop your teamwork. You will also have the chance to pitch your proposals to your client audience and reflect on your individual and team progress. 

How will this module be taught?

This module is based around active learning, giving you plenty of independence. Your client’s request for proposal underpins the module and you will meet them at least twice during the module. Other classroom support and online learning will be provided as needed. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback on interim and final presentations will be provided by assessor panels (industry and academic experts) in the classroom. Your interim presentation's feedback from the client will focus on how your team can improve or recover from error. The final presentation focuses on client satisfaction and whether the request for proposal was achieved. The third assessment element is a learning summary with online written feedback provided. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Practical: (i) Interim group presentation by to clients (35%); (ii) Final group presentation and Q&A to clients (25%)
  • You will also be required to produce verbal team progress reports, but these carry no weighting.
When will this module be assessed?

The final group presentation will be in the penultimate week of term, and the reflective statement will take place at the end of the module.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code DESE60007
Department / Faculty Dyson School of Design Engineering / SpaceLab Group
Teaching Team Alison Ahearn, Michel-Alexandre Cardin, SpaceLab members, industry partners, alumni/veterans of UK space design competition
Teaching term Spring
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Designing Interventions for Behavioural Change

What is this module about?

This module is about scoping, analysing and developing creative interventions for behaviour change. Possible interventions include wearables to improve health, products for more sustainable consumption and policy to improve tech-enabled business models. You will be exposed to several creative behavioural frameworks that can be applied to the development of several types of intervention. You will also work as a team to analyse and develop an intervention of your own.

What skills will I learn?

You will be taught to analyse the interplay between human behaviour and outcomes on the environment, society, organisations, and individuals. The module will also teach you to identify opportunities for behaviour change interventions and allow you to create your own intervention to change behaviour, including consideration of ethical factors. 

How will this module be taught?

Contact time will mainly be interactive workshops or discussions grounded in real case studies. Outside class, you will individually show how what you have learnt can be applied to various contexts and, as a group, you will scope, analyse and develop an intervention in a structured project. The module requires reading and individual participation to generate effective discussion. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

There will be formative feedback during workshops and throughout the group project. Written feedback and grades will be given during formal assessment, but students are encouraged to write down informal feedback given to them as well. All feedback will be given within 10 working days unless otherwise noted. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • There will be quizzes at the start of each week on pre-reading material (usually no more than about 10 pages), but these carry no weighting towards the final mark.
  • Coursework: (i) Behaviour comprehension (individual task) (30%); (ii) Group analysis (20%); (iii) Group intervention presentation (30%); (iv) Discussion participation (20%)
When will this module be assessed?

The coursework and quizzes will be completed throughout the module.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code DESE60006
Department / Faculty Dyson School of Design Engineering
Teaching Team Weston Baxter
Teaching term Autumn
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Interdisciplinary Research Computing

What is this module about?

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of research computing. You do not need any prior research computing skills, just curiosity about the subject and a desire to learn new skills and techniques. The module will include an introduction to general research computing concepts and practical skills for applying research computing and some data science techniques. There will also be a variety of real-world scientific examples and collaborative project work.

What skills will I learn?

This module will teach you to explain the importance of research computing and data science in contemporary research and apply research computing tools to solve computational problems. You will learn how to break down a real-world problem into achievable steps which can be resolved using research computing tools and to effectively communicate project progress and results. 

How will this module be taught?

During class time, you will explore the concepts through short technical and scientific talks, and discussions with the speakers. You will also develop your understanding of the fundamental principles through unassessed hands-on exercises, group discussions and challenges. Online learning will be used to increase your understanding of fundamental tools. The second half of the module will be spent on group project where you will apply your newly learned skills to a more complex realistic problem. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

You will receive verbal feedback on formative exercises during the classes. The feedback on the first assessment (the project design and proposal) will help you finalise an achievable plan for the final project as well as work division within the group. For the final assignments, you will receive a written feedback within 10 working days. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: (i) Design and propose final project (30%); (ii) Reflect on project contribution and on personal progress (35%)
  • Practical: (i) Communicate project results (35%)
When will this module be assessed?

First assessment will be due half-way through the course, the two additional assessments will be submitted at the end.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code GRAD60001
Department / Faculty Graduate School
Teaching Team Katerina Michalickova, Adam Townsend, Christopher Cooling, John Pinney, Jeremy Cohen
Teaching term Spring
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Mathematical Mysteries

What is this module about?

This course examines mysterious mathematical ideas which do not usually come up in STEM courses. What is infinity, and is there only one kind? What kinds of symmetry are there, and how do they relate to one another? How much do we really know about the familiar counting numbers? Can a shape have a dimension that is not a whole number? Explore these ideas and more in this module.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn to define mathematical concepts such as infinity and fractal dimension, construct rigorous mathematical arguments, and create elegant proofs. The module will also teach you to understand the role of maths in STEM and wider culture and to communicate mathematical ideas in everyday language. 

How will this module be taught?

Contact sessions in the early part of the course will consist of a mixture of activities including instructor-led explanations, class discussions and computer practicals. Later in the course, sessions will be devoted to preparation of your primary project, and then to presentation and assessment. Outside the contact sessions, students will participate in activities involving directed reading, online video and audio content, literature searches and the preparation of their final project. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Written instructor feedback on the mid-term reflective writing will be provided within one week of submission, and there will be spoken instructor and peer feedback on early drafts of the group assessment. At the start of Term 3, your instructor will also give you feedback (incorporating peer perspectives) on the final version of the assessment and the final piece of reflective writing. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • There will be two short pieces of reflective writing, each worth 5%, submitted in the middle and at the end of term respectively.
  • The main assessment will be a group project, culminating in either a presentation, video, podcast, poster, documented visualisation or a documented piece of software (90%).
When will this module be assessed?

The first piece of reflective writing will take place mid-way through the Spring Term, and the main assessment will be submitted in Week 9. The final reflective writing activity will take place towards the end of the course.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code MATH60052
Department / Faculty Mathematics
Teaching Team Philip Ramsden
Teaching term Spring
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Origins: What we have learnt from science about the origin of the world, the universe and life

What is this module about?

This module will allow you to study the current scientific view of the origin of the Earth, the universe, matter and life, as well as the evidence upon which these views are based. The course also covers the development of these views in different cultures and areas of uncertainty.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn to explain the status and results of scientific research into origins questions, and to critically evaluate the scientific evidence the conclusions. You will also consider where results and conclusions are uncertain, and where our knowledge is currently limited, as well as research an unfamiliar topic, communicating the results of this research to a non-specialist audience. By the end of the module, you should also be able to discuss the diversity of cultural approaches to origins questions. 

How will this module be taught?

There will be an introductory talk and online discussion session on each of the topics on the course, followed by a 2 -week period to study the topic in groups, or independently as appropriate, supported by further online workshop sessions. Groups will make online presentations of their findings to the class and there will also be an online test. Each group will make one presentation during the course, but every student will take every online test. The final session will reflect on the connection between the course and other cultural and societal attitudes, with the whole class working online to produce a mind map. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback on presentations will be provided after the presentation sessions and through written feedback forms filled out by students and course leaders. Feedback will also be available during the workshop sessions, and peer feedback from the groups will be available during the team learning stage of the online tests and during the final reflective session. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Practical: (i) Group presentation about an Origins subtopic (45%); (ii) Contribution to reflective exercise at end of course (10%)
  • Examination: three online multiple-choice quizzes (each worth 15%) on each of the three parts of the course. exercise will take place towards the end of the course. 
When will this module be assessed?

Group presentation will take place at the end of each 3 week block, as will the online quizzes. The reflective exercise will take place towards the end of the course.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code PHYS60019
Department / Faculty Physics, Life Sciences and ESE/FoNS and FoE
Teaching Team David Clements and Subu Mohanty
Teaching term Autumn
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Personalised Medicine: Hope or Hype?

What is this module about?

Personalised medicine is about bespoke treatments for individual patients or certain categories of patients, with a strong emphasis on prevention before the onset of disease. This module will familiarise you with the cutting-edge advances in several STEMM disciplines that have contributed to the growth of personalised medicine, engaging with its pros and cons from the standpoint of different groups, political standpoints and cultural sensitivities.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn how to evaluate claims in favour of personalised medicine from the viewpoint of your preferred discipline and to critique the potential use of personalised medicine as preventive medicine. The module also teaches you about socio-economic, cultural and legal implications of personalised medicine in different countries, and you will be able to analyse risks and benefits of the introduction or extension of personalised medicine in context of healthcare provision. 

How will this module be taught?

Sessions will be delivered using ‘flipped classroom approach’, where structured content will be delivered using an online platform. Students are expected to study the materials in their own time and complete any related formative tasks. An online discussion forum will be used for knowledge exchange with peers and identification of any learning gaps. Live online sessions with experts will provide opportunities for consolidation of knowledge and clarifications as Q&A. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback will be provided throughout the module and verbal/group feedback will be provided for formative tasks by the tutor and/or peers. You will be encouraged to make notes on your feedback (in an online note-taking space) and write a few action points for the future. Following the summative assessment, you will be provided with a written summary of the feedback and a final grade within about 10 working days. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Practical: (i) Poster (15%); (ii) Debate (15%); (iii) Choice of Poster Presentation, Oral Presentation, Video Presentation, Patient-Public style lay Presentation, or any other type of relevant performance (70%)
  • All assessments will be in the form of group work and will involve some peer-marking.
When will this module be assessed?

Assessments (i-ii) will be conducted between 3rd-9th sessions with 2-3-week intervals between each. Assessment (iii) will be held during the last (10th) session.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code MEDI60022
Department / Faculty Medicine
Teaching Team Dr Latha Ramakrishnan (module lead), Dr Joram Posma, Dr Isabel Garcia Perez, Dr Ines Cebola
Teaching term Spring
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Social Accountability in Action: a Collaborative Project between Imperial and Local Schools

What is this module about?

In this innovative, exciting module, you will work collaboratively with a team of cross-disciplinary students and a local school on a real-world societal project. You will design and deliver STEMM-based educational sessions to schoolchildren from diverse backgrounds and abilities, with support from faculty workshops and from the schools themselves. The module will enable you to reflect on your learning and on how your future professional role relates to society.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn how to apply critical enquiry, creative thinking, and problem-solving to real-world projects, and gain confidence in communicating with and engaging people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. The module will also enable you to reflect on approaches to address societal challenges, and to consider the influence of power and privilege and how this relates to your future role in society.

How will this module be taught?

Learning approaches will include interactive small group learning and project-based learning. You will participate in discussions and collaborative work and be supported by an online learning platform for self-directed learning and reflection.

How will I receive feedback in this module?

You will receive formative verbal and written feedback by the tutor and by peers. This formative feedback throughout the course will help you develop your project work and skills.

How will this module be assessed?
  • Summative Tutor Assessment informed by engagement with central sessions and school (40%)
  • Summative Peer Assessment (20%)
  • Summative Group Project Assessment (40%)
When will this module be assessed?

The group project assessment will take place during a presentation session scheduled for the penultimate session of the course in the Spring term. The summative tutor and peer assessments will take place during the final session of the course.

ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code MEDI60023
Department / Faculty Primary Care and Public Health / FoM
Teaching team Sonia Kumar, Bethany Golding, Jenna Mollaney, Arti Maini
Teaching term Spring
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Space Mining

What is this module about?

The use of space resources will transform human space exploration and create a new economy. In this module, you will explore the legal, technical and economic basis for resource use in space. You will be introduced to the potential target resources (e.g. oxygen), consider the legal aspects of using space resources, and propose a space resource extraction operation. The economic case for your proposed operation will be determined. You will address the challenges of developing new technology for space as well as the potential crossover into terrestrial resource use.

What skills will I learn?

This module will teach you to evaluate critically the feasibility of space mining from a legal, technical and economic perspective. You will learn about current activity in this field, using this knowledge to identify limitations in technology, and to propose creative solutions. This module will encourage discussion within and between groups, and you will communicate outcomes to students and experts in the field.

How will this module be taught?

This module will involve active and individual learning, alongside group tasks and some student-led learning. Examples and case-studies will be discussed, and you will work on your projects in small groups before delivering your final interactive poster presentation to other students and an industry expert.

How will I receive feedback in this module?

The legal framework assignment will be assessed by module leaders; this will be returned within two weeks. Informal feedback on the interactive poster will be given by module leaders and by peers on completion of the technical aspects of resource extraction. Formal feedback for the final interactive poster (including the economic case) will be given within one week of completion.

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: Legal Framework document submitted as a group (20%)
  • Practical: Interactive Poster Presentation submitted as a group (80%)

When will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: Legal framework submitted in week 3
  • Practical: Interactive Poster to be reviewed in week 7 and formally assessed in week 10

ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code EART60031
Department / Faculty Earth Science and Engineering / FoE
Teaching team Kathryn Hadler and Valentin Laurent
Teaching term Spring
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Technologies to Combat Climate Change

What is this module about?

This module will enable you to appreciate the challenge posed by climate change, and the technologies and systems that will be required to mitigate it. This will be achieved by introducing you to key mitigation technologies and giving you skills to perform basic economic analysis of the options. Lectures will also cover technoeconomic assessment and emissions estimation methods, possible future technology developments and approaches to systems thinking, as well as the policy background on climate change.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn about the technologies and systems for combating climate change and calculate performance metrics for these technologies. The module will also teach you how energy systems are interconnected, and how interdisciplinary approaches are needed to combat climate change. On completion of the course, you will be able to develop and analyse technical approaches to tackle climate change, while considering policy, regulatory, and social aspects. 

How will this module be taught?

This module will use lectures to provide context to climate change and ensure everybody has the required level of understanding of the factors influencing the climate. There will also be a series of interactive lectures (e.g. flipped classroom, where you will be given reading material on a given mitigation technology and information on the technical aspects of how the technology works, followed by a student-led discussion on the pros and cons of the technological approach.) 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback drop-in sessions will be made available after online assessments, where you can ask questions about the topics covered in the quizzes. You will receive immediate questions on your presentations from the assessors, as well as access to a written feedback form on your presentation within 10 working days. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: (i) Online Quiz 1 (10%); (ii) Online Quiz 2 (individual assessment) (10%)
  • Practical: Debate/Presentation (group assessment) (80%)
When will this module be assessed?

The online quizzes will be carried out during the course and the debate/presentation will occur at the end of the module.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code CENG60016
Department / Faculty Chemical Engineering
Teaching Team James Campbell, Adam Hawkes, and a series of invited guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in specific mitigation technologies.
Teaching term Spring
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The Management of Natural Resources

What is this module about?

This module will deliver a strategic overview of the key elements of effective management of natural resources. It will cover societal expectations for the natural environment and help you develop a realistic understanding of how to design and deliver effective management for major and minor resources.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn to describe the varying requirements and expectations that different social groups and different disciplines have for the natural environment, and to understand the options available to manage natural resources in the framework of sustainable decision-making. The module will also help you identify potential solutions to governance and policy challenges associated with natural resources, alongside developing your teamwork, analytical skills and formal communication skills. 

How will this module be taught?

There will be two contact hours per week, across ten weeks. Sessions will involve a mixture of acquiring knowledge (via a lecture or reading) and discussion. There will also be management model exercises where advice will be given on framing questions and conclusions. You will be expected to work outside contact hours to supplement learning and to work collaboratively. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

Feedback will be provided through rapid return of the first coursework by the start of week five and subsequently by the lecturer and demonstrators in the 'management computing clinics'. There will be additional feedback at the end of the module through the coursework marks and commentary. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: (i) Written work (c.1500 words) on Demographic Understanding and Implications (20%); (ii) Poster on a normative issue modelled on Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology briefings (40%); (iii) Report and Model Presentation (10 slides, max 5 mins long) on structuring problems and building models (40%)
When will this module be assessed?
  • Demographic Understanding and Implications – Submission Week 3
  • Issue Briefing Poster – Submission Week 10
  • Report and Model Presentation – Submission Week 8
 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code ENVI60001
Department / Faculty Centre for Environmental Policy
Teaching Team Catherine M Collins, John D Mumford, Clive Potter, Yiannis Kountouris, Alexandra Collins, Bill Sheate, Mike Tennant.
Teaching term Spring
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The Science of Crowds: Movement, Behaviour and Design

What is this module about?

Why do crowds move in the way that they do? Can we predict this behaviour? Will this change during emergencies such as fires or terrorist attacks? Crowd science can answer these questions by combining concepts from maths, physics, engineering, design, computing, sociology and psychology. In this module you will be introduced to the basic principles of crowd science and work on a group project to develop solutions to a real-word design problem. 

What skills will I learn?

You will learn to define the topics of pedestrian and evacuation dynamics and explain their importance when designing infrastructure. The module also teaches you about the main properties of crowd behaviour, the main theories of human behaviour in emergencies, and the hydraulic model of evacuation to calculate total evacuation times. By the end of the module, you will be able to differentiate between the different algorithms used for pedestrian dynamics simulation models, and present design solutions for real-world problems to a multidisciplinary audience.

How will this module be taught?

The first five weeks of the course will follow a 'flipped classroom' approach, where you will watch a series of short pre-recorded lecture videos before attending weekly remote workshop sessions. Each workshop session will be aimed at developing your knowledge and understanding of the course content through various individual and group activities, before you take an online quiz about the material you have just learned. You will also take part in a group project, meeting in both leader-supervised and independent virtual sessions to propose design solutions to a design problem, based on the material learned during the initial 5 weeks.

How will I receive feedback in this module?

During this course you will receive feedback during the weekly scheduled sessions, during the discussions of different concepts, and during the group project. You will be expected to attend all sessions and contribute to the discussion. You will receive verbal feedback during (remote) presentations, and written feedback on the project content and presentation overall.

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: (i) Group Project (max. 5000 words) (40%); (ii) Reflective writing (400-500 words) (10%)
  • Practical: (i) Attendance and contribution (10%); (ii) Presentation skills (assessed in online) (10%)
  • Examination: Quizzes based on lecture material (30%)
When will this module be assessed?

The quizzes will take place on Blackboard between weeks 2 and 5, and the group project takes place during the second part of the module. The reflective account will be written and submitted at the end of the course.

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code CIVE60010
Department / Faculty Civil and Environmental Engineering
Teaching Team Arnab Majumdar, Georgia Bateman, Alastair Shipman
Teaching term Spring
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The Science of Learning

 What is this module about?

In this module, you will explore the concept of learning from three different perspectives - as a biological function of the brain, as a psychological function of the mind, and as a socially-situated activity. You will also experience some research practices used to study learning from all three theoretical perspectives, and the module will provide you with strategies to help you better engage with your future learning.

What skills will I learn?

This module will help you critically evaluate the process of learning from a neurological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspective, as well as to reflect on your learning experiences. You will also learn how to analyse the application of neurological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspectives in a range of teaching-related contexts, and to design appropriate interventions for pedagogic challenges. 

How will this module be taught?

There will be a combination of interactive lectures and individual independent learning, supported by case studies and discussion. There will also be an opportunity to engage in educational experiments and individual/group learning tasks. 

How will I receive feedback in this module?

You will receive informal formative feedback on participation in class activities, and there will be regular formative feedback on classroom quizzes. You will also receive formative feedback from the module tutors following submission of your drafts for each of the topic-based assignments, and summative feedback on your final submissions. You should work with your tutors to tailor an individual feedback strategy. 

How will this module be assessed?
  • Coursework: (i) Individual Reflective Log (1000 words) (10%); (ii) 500-word Individual Assignment (Neuroscience) (20%); (iii) 500-word Individual Assignment (Psychology) (20%); (iv) 500-word Individual Assignment (Socio-cultural) (20%)
  • Practical: a group oral presentation, either ‘live’ online or asynchronously via video (30%)
When will this module be assessed?

Regular logging of experience combined with structured reflective assignments throughout the course will help to manage workload and to build towards the final assignment. The final assignment will be made up of 2 of the 3 submitted topics to inform the individual reflective log. The group presentations will be worked on and delivered within the scheduled online class time (Weeks 9 & 10).

 ECTS / FHEQ level  5 ECTS / Level 6
Module Code EDUC60001
Department / Faculty Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship / Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication
Teaching Team Iro Ntonia, Martyn Kingsbury, Jo Horsburgh, Kate Ippolito
Teaching term Spring
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