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COMP8015 Introduction to Experimental Strategies

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To ensure that our grad students gain experience in delivering presentations about their work to an academic audience. To put the skills learnt in Research Methods into practice. To receive feedback on their work from peers, and to learn how to answer questions about their work. To reflect on the work of others and give feedback.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • By the end of this module, students should be able to design an effective presentation about their academic work.
  • By the end of this module, students should be able to present their work to an academic audience.
  • By the end of this module, students should be able to answer critical questions about their work from their peers.
  • By the end of this module, students should be able to provide constructive feedback to their peers.


The module coordinators will liaise with research group representatives to ensure that PhD students present their work at least once a year within their group. This could take place during regular group seminars or during specifically organised sessions. Students will be provided with feedback from other PhD students and members of staff in their group. This module does not include any formal taught component. The presentations are complementary to the sessions in the Research Methods module on presentation development and delivery skills.

Special Features

No formal taught component.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

- Oral presentations - Peer evaluation and feedback - Formative feedback from senior members of staff

Assessment tasks25
Total study time50


Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment via: - Peer evaluation and feedback - Feedback from senior members of staff This module provides formative assessment only. There is not any summative assessment for this zero credit module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Oral Presentation 100%
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