NS3021: Methods and Techniques III


Credits: 5 credits

Length: Continuous throughout the year.


Module Synopsis:

This module in each year provides training in IT and relevant transferrable skills.


Transferrable Skills:

  • Research Seminars

As part of the Skills strand of Methods and Techniques there is a programme of Research Seminars. Each year a number of external speakers will visit to give a seminar on their interdisciplinary research. These seminars will consist of a ~45 minute presentation and a ~15 minute Q&A session. After this time refreshments will be provided and you will get an opportunity to talk informally to the speaker and other academics present.

These seminars will provide you with an insight into current cutting-edge research and allow you to converse with researchers in interdisciplinary areas.

After each Seminar you will be required to write a short account of the research in a particular style, as outlined below. This will increase in sophistication with each year, building up your communication skills. 

  • Skills workshops

For example, before you are required to do a major presentation you will discuss what makes a successful presentation and analyse a video of yourself giving a brief talk.

Skills Programme

  • Communication III 1: Creating a Podcast
  • Employability III 1: Preparing for Interviews and Assessment Centres
  • Employability III 2: Preparing for a Job Interview
  • Information Handling VII: Conducting an Interview
  • Employability III 3: Development Centre
  • Communication III 2: Large Scale Report Writing
  • Communication III 3: Video Planning
  • Communication III 4: Video Post-Production 


Computing is an ever-increasingly important component of scientific practice, as well as almost all careers. The Computing strand of the Methods and Techniques module is intended to ensure you have a solid base of competence in major IT packages, as well as to give you training in more specific scientific analysis and programming software.

We recognise that students will begin the course with widely differing levels of computing expertise; to accommodate this the Computing strand allows you the opportunity to complete the tasks set at your own pace. Once you have completed the entire computing programme, you are excused from all further Computing workshops that academic year.

Computing Programme

  • Python

In this course we will use the programming skills which you have already gained, and apply them to some slightly larger projects. This will let you to begin to get a feel for working with more complex systems, and allow you to look more broadly at the underlying architecture of well written computer programs. We will also take some time to look a couple of the Python modules which are commonly used in scientific applications.

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