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Title: IGEM Technical Report Option Workshop


1
IGEMTechnical Report Option Workshop
  • Wednesday 26th October 2011

2
  • Purpose
  • To clarify for current and potential CEng and
    IEng applicants who do not have the exemplifying
    qualifications, what is required to achieve a
    successful Technical Report as part of their
    application for professional registration

3
  • Desired Outcomes
  • Understanding of the purpose and role of the
    Technical Report in the professional registration
    process
  • Understanding of the IGEM Technical Report
    process and the support available from the
    Institution
  • Understanding of the requirements for preparing
    and delivering a successful Technical Report
  • Clarity on what Assessors expect of a Technical
    Report
  • Potential candidates to have a clearer view on
    how to draft an appropriate synopsis
  • Potential candidates are able to judge whether
    the Technical Report route is likely to be
    appropriate for them
  • Feedback suggestions to improve the ECUK/IGEM
    process

4
Time Programme Activity Led By
10.30 10.35 Welcome Introduction Malcolm Howe
10.35 10.40 Route to membership Malcolm Howe
10.40 11.00 Exemplifying qualifications for CEng / IEng and options for applicants without them Andy McPhee
11.00 11.20 Technical Report Option Requirements Malcolm Howe
11.20 11.40 Role of the Mentor and Mentee Paul Hurford / Paul Sinclair
11.40 12.00 Technical Report Synopsis and List of Contents Gordon Davies
12.00 12.30 Preparation of the Technical Report Geoff Lloyd
12.30 13.10 Lunch
13.10 14.00 Assessment of the Technical Report and IGEM approval process Jim Sibley / IGEM
14.00 15.00 Questions and Answers on individual applications / issues All Presenters
15.00 Summing up, feedback to IGEM and further IGEM assistance Malcolm Howe
Approx 15.30 Finish
5
Introductions
  • Including
  • Brief resume of qualifications and experience
  • What you would like from the workshop

6
Routes to MembershipDr Malcolm Howe
7
Receive initial Membership enquiry
UKSPEC exemplifying qualifications?
No
Yes
Technical report or other option?
Sufficient relevant experience?
Yes
Professional review process
ECUK registered member
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9
  • Exemplifying Qualifications for CEng and IEng
  • Andrew McPhee

10
  • Exemplifying Qualifications
  • CEng
  • An accredited Bachelors degree with honours
    in engineering or technology (3 years full-time
    or 4 years with a work placement)
  • Plus
  • Either an appropriate Masters degree
    accredited by a professional engineering
    institution, or appropriate further learning to
    Masters level
  • Or
  • An accredited MEng (4 years full-time)

11
Exemplifying Qualifications
  • Please note
  • Accredited degrees are listed on the
    Engineering Council website
  • National Recognition Information System, NARIC
    UK, makes formal academic assessments of non-UK
    degrees and other qualifications
  • Qualifications hold their historic
    accreditation values

12
  • Exemplifying Qualifications
  • Similar arrangements apply to IEng
  • An IEng accredited Bachelors or honours degree
    in engineering or technology
  • Or
  • A Higher National Certificate or Diploma or
    Foundation degree, plus appropriate further
    learning to degree level
  • Or
  • An NVQ4 or SVQ4 which has been approved for the
    purpose by a licensed engineering institution

13
  • Examples of Exam Questions from Exemplifying
    Qualifications
  • Copies available on table

14
Options for Applicants without Exemplifying
Qualifications
  • Candidates who do not have the exemplifying
    qualifications must clearly demonstrate they have
    achieved the same level of knowledge and
    understanding as those with exemplifying
    qualifications.
  • What are the options?

15
Options for Applicants without Exemplifying
Qualifications
  • Taking further qualifications (top up)
  • Completing appropriate work-based or experiential
    learning
  • Writing a Technical Report, based on the
    candidates experience and demonstrating his/her
    knowledge and understanding of engineering
    principles and their application

16
  • Technical Report Option
  • Dr Malcolm Howe

17
What are the specific requirements for the
Technical Report?
  • Candidates should
  • Have completed appropriate initial professional
    development and
  • Have exercised engineering responsibility
    commensurate with Registration as a Chartered or
    Incorporated Engineer
  • Have one of the following qualifications and/or
    have experienced a period of relevant engineering
    experience in posts of increasing responsibility
    to the appropriate level

18
What are the specific requirements for the
Technical Report?
  • CEng
  • BEng (Hons) accredited engineering degree plus
    relevant experience (in lieu of a formal period
    of further learning)
  • Relevant HND/HNC plus relevant experience
  • No relevant qualifications plus substantial
    relevant experience

19
What are the specific requirements for the
Technical Report?
  • IEng
  • Relevant HND / HNC / NVQ Level 4 plus relevant
    experience (in lieu of a formal period of further
    learning)
  • No relevant qualifications plus substantial
    relevant experience

20
  • Role of the Mentor and Mentee
  • Paul Hurford
  • Paul Sinclair

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22
Mentoring Relationships
  • Follow a life cycle
  • Rapport building
  • Setting direction
  • Making progress
  • Winding down

23
The Role of the Mentor
  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Location
  • Flexibility
  • Manage Expectations
  • Feedback

24
The Role of the Mentor
  • Test
  • Fearless
  • Change management
  • Know your limits
  • What makes a successful mentor?
  • Benefits/Whats in it for me?

25
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Common Areas that Mentors overlook
  • Commercial Acumen generally
  • Depth of Engineering knowledge required for
    Chartered Membership, particularly via the
    Technical Report route.
  • Applying creativity.
  • Team/Section Management.
  • Environmental Practice/Knowledge required.
  • The role of the Institution.

27
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28
My Stages of MembershipPaul Sinclair
  • IGE- IGEM route
  • 1990 - 1994 Associate Member IGE
  • 1994 - 1999 IGE Engineering Technician
  • 1999 - October 2011 IGEM Incorporated Engineer
  • My initial C Eng application to IGE 2006.
  • My academic shortfalls

29
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30
Mentor and Me
  • Mentor engagement 2006 (Colin Higgins)
  • Starting my MSc in 2006 attainment in 2008 
  • Attempted my synopsis April 2007
  • Synopsis accepted in January 2008 
  • Mentee not meeting time scales

31
Conclusion
  • Going forward without a mentor
  • Synopsis approved - January 2008
  • 2008 IGEM trained Mentor
  • Technical Report started - January 2008
  • Final Technical Report submission - January 2011
    (No formal Mentor)
  • Pre-Interview - May 2011 Including some coaching
    (Mentoring)
  • Technical Report Interview July 2011
  • Professional Review Interview October 2011
  • Elected as a Chartered Member 10th October 2011

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33
  • The Technical Report
  • Gordon Davies

34
Synopsis for the Technical Report
  • Description of the project
  • Demonstrating the candidates personal role and
    responsibility in the project
  • Demonstrating the candidates personal
    understanding of underlying scientific and
    engineering principles and their application in
    the project

35
  • Template for Preparing the Synopsis
  • Part 1 Contents List
  • Part 2 Project Idea Statement -
  • - I will demonstrate my knowledge and
    understanding of the engineering principles for
    this project by etc.
  • Part 3 Personal Role Statement -
  • - I will describe my personal role and
    responsibilities in the project at the grade of
    my application, i.e CEng or IEng level etc
  • Part 4 Academic Level Statement -
  • - I will demonstrate my knowledge and
    understanding of the project to MEng or
    equivalent level for CEng and to BEng level or
    equivalent for IEng by etc

36
  • KEY
  • To indicate how you will demonstrate your
    understanding of scientific and engineering
    principles commensurate with the level of
    qualification required for the grade of
    membership being applied for

37
  • Synopsis and Technical Report examples are
    available on the table

38
Preparation of the Technical Report
  • Professor Geoff Lloyd

39
  • Different Kinds of Reports
  • Reports come in many different shapes and
    sizes. Their primary function is to
  • Inform
  • Pursuade
  • Recommend

40
  • Five cardinal principles underpin clarity of
    style and presentation, namely-
  • Accuracy
  • Clarity
  • Simplicity
  • Logical Development
  • A pleasing physical appearance of the report as a
    whole

41
Model for the Research Report
  • Title Page
  • Declaration
  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgement
  • Contents Page
  • List of Tables
  • Introduction, Aims and Objectives of Research
  • Literature Review
  • Research Methodology
  • Main Findings and Analysis
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations (and further research)
  • Bibliography (reference section)
  • Appendices

42
  • Use of Footnotes in a Report
  • Registration with CORGI was voluntary at first,
    where Gas Installers could join to gain support
    and information on standards, legislation and
    show their customers they were associated with
    the growing CORGI brand. Registration with Gas
    Safe is now compulsory for anyone wishing to
    attempt work on gas applicances and gas
    installations.

43
  • I regret however that the Survey Officer who is
    responsible for the preliminary investigation as
    to the technical possibility of installing a
    telephone at the address quoted by any applicant
    has reported that owing to a shortage of a spare
    pair of wires to the underground cable (a pair of
    wires leading from the point near your house
    right back to the local exchange and thus a pair
    of wires essential for the provision of telephone
    service for you) is lacking and that therefore it
    is a technical impossibility to install a
    telephone for you at

I regret to inform you that we are unable to
install a telephone without considerable expense
because there is no cable connecting your home to
the main underground network and the local
exchange
44
  • I recorded basic information on how they used
    the tool in terms of the stroke, height and any
    force they applied. The data was recorded through
    observation and a stopwatch, so I took then
    sample times and I calculated the median value to
    prevent any distortion from the average.

Basic information as to how the tool in terms of
the stroke, height and any force that was applied
was through observation and by using a stopwatch.
In total, ten sample times were taken and the
median value calculated thus minimising any
distortion from the average values.
45
Preparation of the Technical Report
  • As simple as ABC
  • Accuracy
  • Brevity
  • Clarity

46
Checklist
  • Have I kept to the original topic and covered
    all the main points?
  • Have I gone into sufficient depth to demonstrate
    that I
  • understand the underlying engineering principles
    and can apply them in a rigorous and logical
    manner?
  • Are the points that I make relevant to the
    topic, argument or outcome?
  • Have I supported my themes, calculations and
    arguments adequately by using relevant theory,
    examples and references?
  • Have I set out my thought processes, what
    decisions I made and why?

47
  • Checklist Continued
  • Have I set out my thought processes, what
    decisions I made and why?
  • Have I acknowledged all sources and references?
  • Have I written clearly?
  • Have I remained within the word count?
  • Have I completed the authenticity statement to
    the papers?

48
  • Lunch Break

49
  • Assessment of the
  • Technical Report And Approval Process
  • James Sibley
  • IGEM

50
Assessment Criteria
  • Technical Skills
  • Theoretical knowledge
  • Summative
  • Formative
  • Innovation and ideas development
  • Research background
  • Career appraisal

51
Technical Report Interview
  • Candidate submits completed application and
    Technical Report
  • Was it reviewed by the Mentor?
  • Does it meet the objectives set out in the agreed
    synopsis?
  • Two Assessors appointed by IGEM
  • May include an Independent observer
  • Initial review of Technical Report
  • Preliminary score given (Scoring discussed later)
  • IGEM arrange Technical Report Interview if report
    deemed acceptable

52
The Interview
  • Two trained Assessors
  • - an independent observer may also attend
  • Normally 1 - 1½ hours
  • It is an academic test but informal
  • - So try to relax!
  • The Assessors have already deemed your report
    acceptable
  • - Its about showing you can communicate and you
    understand what you have written

53
  • The Interview
  • Give a brief overview of your report and put it
    into a broader context (15 mins)
  • Remember the Assessors want to establish that you
    understand and know about engineering principles
    relevant to your report
  • Interview conclusions
  • Your opportunity to ask questions and clarify any
    points
  • After the interview, Assessors complete scoring
    sheets

54
Methods of Assessment
  • 4 Assessment Criteria Used
  • Structure of report, creativity and referencing
  • Written expression, definition, style,
    presentation and readability
  • Evidence of theory and application of engineering
    principles to Bachelor level (IEng) or Masters
    level (CEng)
  • Ability to handle issues and draw conclusions

55
Scoring
  • Structure of report, creativity and referencing
  • Lacks structure, addresses topic in a limited
    manner, referencing inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Addresses the topic with some evidence of
    structure, some referencing and evidence of
    flair.
  • Addresses the topic in logical and structured
    manner, accurate research referencing and
    creativity demonstrated.
  • Clearly addresses the task in a structured and
    logical manner, good support documentation,
    highly creative.

56
  • B .Written expression, definition, style,
    presentation and readability
  • Meaning not always clear, lacks focus,
    presentation does not meet requirements.
  • Meaning and text reasonably clear, does not
    always make the point, evidence of logical style,
    presentation satisfactory.
  • Meaning clear, illustrated frequently in a
    logical manner, well presented and finished.
  • Meaning clear and fluent, originality in thought
    and expression, high standard of presentation.

57
  • C. Evidence of theory and application of
    engineering principles to Bachelor level (IEng)
    or Masters level (CEng)
  • Limited evidence of background knowledge and
    understanding, poor supporting theory, errors and
    inaccuracies, weak application.
  • Evidence of subject knowledge and understanding,
    no significant errors, limited development of
    theory, understands principles.
  • Adequate to good arguments and points,
    demonstrates understanding, no significant
    errors, good application.
  • Comprehensive development of ideas, clear
    evidence of understanding with sound application
    of principles.

58
  • D. Ability to handle issues and draw conclusions
  • Superficial relevance and limited comprehension,
    errors in judgments and misleading summary.
  • Some relevant issues are identified and
    discussed, shows comprehension, no significant
    errors or omissions, some conclusions drawn.
  • Relevant issues and problems identified and
    discussed with some analysis, good summary of
    lessons learned.
  • Relevant issues and problems identified and
    discussed with some analysis and synthesis,
    action plan identified.

59
Scoring
  • Scoring system is used twice
  • Pre-Interview and (b) At Interview
  • Assessors will make an initial assessment for
    each of the criteria A to D, based on the
    Technical Report
  • If the overall score is less than 8 the candidate
    is normally asked to revise and re-submit.

60
  • (b) At Interview
  • Second assessment of criteria C D made
  • Applicants should normally score at least two
    3s and two 2s (Total 10), including at least
    one 3 in C or D
  • Successful applicants are invited to proceed to
    Professional Review Interview
  • (N.B Not undertaken by the TR Assessors)

61
  • IGEM Approval Process
  • IGEM

62
IGEM Approval Process
  • Submit a completed corporate application form
    and a 500 word synopsis including a contents list
  • Synopsis submitted to Academic Panel for
    approval
  • Word limit of full Technical Report advised
  • Prepare Technical Report and submit
  • Two IGEM Assessors appointed
  • Approve Technical Report?
  • - Assess Technical Report
  • - Attend Technical Report Interview
  • Now meets qualification requirements!

63
Arbitration and Appeals Procedure
  • Appellant
  • Written notice of intention within 4 weeks of
    receipt of notification
  • IGEM
  • Membership Staff explain procedure of what
    constitutes grounds for appeal and request appeal
    fee of 30
  • Appellant
  • - Within a further 4 weeks, written statement of
    grounds for appeal and supporting statements from
    sponsors

64
  • IGEM
  • Membership Staff refer the case to CEO
  • CEO conducts investigation and refers the case to
    Council
  • Council sets up an Appeals Panel of 2 experienced
    members not on the Membership Committee not on
    the original Professional Review Panel
  • Panel review case and may interview candidate
  • Panel report the recommendation to Council
  • Council make a final decision

65
  • IGEM Decision
  • CEO conveys decision to
  • Candidate
  • Membership Department
  • Membership Committee
  • Apellant
  • Appeal successful fee refunded standard
    application route
  • Not successful fee retained

66
Technical Report Clinic
  • Questions Answers
  • Break out Groups
  • Individual discussions as necessary

67
  • Workshop Review Feedback

68
  • Purpose
  • To clarify for current and potential CEng and
    IEng applicants who do not have the exemplifying
    qualifications, what is required to achieve a
    successful Technical Report as part of their
    application for professional registration

69
  • Desired Outcomes
  • Understanding of the purpose and role of the
    Technical Report in the professional registration
    process
  • Understanding of the IGEM Technical Report
    process and the support available from the
    Institution
  • Understanding of the requirements for preparing
    and delivering a successful Technical Report
  • Clarity on what Assessors expect of a Technical
    Report
  • Potential candidates to have a clearer view on
    how to draft an appropriate synopsis
  • Potential candidates are able to judge whether
    the Technical Report route is likely to be
    appropriate for them
  • Feedback suggestions to improve the ECUK/IGEM
    process
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