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Personal Effectiveness - ELE00119M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Bidyut Baruah
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

Personal effectiveness will consist of staff, research students and guest speakers sharing accessible themes with the aim to improve personal development and professional potential among students. Presentation skills, advanced use of Word/Excel, research strategies, interviewing skills, self-marketing for boosting employability, poster design and production, body language, negotiation and leadership skills, reflective practice, teamwork, conflict management and ethics are some of the core areas that will be covered.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To expose students to a wide range of generic management and technical skills that will be useful in everyday working situations.
  • To encourage discussion and practice in the use of these skills throughout the MSc course.
  • To improve transferable skills development in students and prepare them for industry roles


Graduate skills aims:

  • Technical knowledge and application to specific tasks
  • Communication skills: written and oral
  • Team working knowledge and practice in managing conflict
  • Listening and negotiation skills
  • Leadership and reflective practice skills
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise information
  • Decision making and personal effectiveness
  • Ability to lead and manage projects
  • Time management

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • be able to utilise IT skills more effectively
  • understand the key elements of leadership, team working and communication
  • apply management knowledge to organisational issues
  • have a greater understanding of research strategies and apply them appropriately


Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • have improved capacity for research, analysis and synthesis through the effective use of IT tools
  • understand issues of communication in a number of media and be able to use a range of media more effectively
  • be able to apply knowledge and/or skills in practice
  • manage information and time more effectively
  • be clear about decision making criteria

Module content

There will be 12 lectures as part of the Personal Effectiveness module used as joint teaching and split 9 lectures in Autumn term and 3 lectures in Spring term. Each interactive session will address a specific skills building theme. Personal Effectiveness students will be welcome to attend the additional Spring term masterclasses for information if they wish.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Test: Core Academic Skills
N/A 25
Online Test: Project Management Masterclass
N/A 50
Self Marketing Video
N/A 25

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Test: Core Academic Skills
N/A 25
Online Test: Project Management Masterclass
N/A 50
Self Marketing Video
N/A 25

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

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