Electronic Engineering Discussions
- Read the task in Box 1.
- Download each of the pdfs and read them. Keep these open so you can refer to them as you watch the video.
- Watch the video.
The module is delivered through weekly tutorials and project work. During the module, students are required to work in groups and complete three tasks which involve investigations on the topics provided by the tutor. This academic year, for example, the three tasks related to new advances in nanotechnology, invisibility cloaking and its theoretical concept and providing efficient communication spectrum through ‘smart radios’.
Each task requires students to do background research by surveying the literature, synthesising information and producing a group report based on their work. Students are supposed to act as consultants advising a client (which could be the government or a private company), so the reports they produce at the end would usually include clear recommendations for their ‘client’. The tasks set for students do not have a ‘right answer’ and the point of these activities is to develop students’ ability to locate and use resources, critically analyse the evidence and produce good technical writing. These skills, along with teamwork, are considered important when working in industry. For the tasks, the students try to apply all possible research techniques such as those applied in different disciplines but in addition they need to use their Electronic Engineering knowledge regarding the recommendations they give at the end since we expect them to come up of their own conclusions.
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