MSc Renewable Energy and Clean Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Techniques for Research and Industry

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN61352
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will provide training to postgraduate students on research methods, product or service development and market research. The unit will include online learning materials (asynchronous videos, offline reading, online Quizzes), lectures, team work, private study, individual project reports and a final team presentation.


The following material will be delivered:


1.         Project Management Principles and Project Planning

2.         Literature Review (Scientific reviews, Market reports and roadmaps, IP and Prior Art searches)

3.         Business Plan

4.         Seeking Investment/Funding

5.         Health & Safety, Integrity

6.         Technical Reports Writing and Presentations Preparation

8.         Case Studies Tutorials


Deliverables will be required to be completed either in teams (50%) or individually (50%)



This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 2021/22 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

The programme unit aims to:

  1. Provide an introduction to methods used in research and development including project definition, reviewing of relevant literature, business plan development and intellectual property.
  2. Develop an increased awareness of Health and Safety and engineering ethics.
  3. Develop skills in reviewing diverse sources of information relating to a specific technology area and analysing how specific research will lead to advances in that technology.
  4. Enhance student skills allowing movement beyond fundamental analysis towards independent working


Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:




Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a specific technology area related to electrical/electronic/mechatronic engineering, informed by a critical analysis of the forefront of the field





Plan an innovative design for a product, system, component or process informed by the wider context in which engineering operates (ethical, environmental, regulatory, managerial, and social contexts)





Develop and justify a business plan through the clear presentation of data and through concise technical explanations





Plan and execute group work in an effective way, reflecting on and improving practices





Teaching and learning methods

Synchronous Lectures

Asynchronous Video Lectures

Real Life Examples Tutorials

Team work

Individual work

Presentation skills

Data mining

Assessment methods

The following is worth 50% of the overal unit mark:

Students will work in groups to produce a portfolio will e.g. include:

a)         A choice of project area chosen by each group to reflect their interests, but approved by the course leader. Areas can be in either technology products or service provision.

b)         An extensive Gantt chart (day by day schedule for 6 months) that reflects a given hypothetical complex development project involving all team members, in the adaptive management style.

c)         A scientific literature review of the state of the art in Academia of the chosen area.

d)         A Market Report and roadmap for the chosen area.

e)         A hypothetical Business Plan for commercialization.


The following is worth 50% of the overal unit mark:

In addition EACH student, based on the group portfolio, is then to prepare and individual submission comprising of e.g.:

f)          A 10 points pitch deck PPT presentation

g)         An Investment Prospect

Feedback methods

Feedback on assignments is provided after submission of each component.

Recommended reading

David H Foster "A Concise Guide to Communication in Science and Engineering" 


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Potts Unit coordinator

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