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1 IGEM Technical Report Option Workshop Tuesday 24 th September 2013

2 Purpose To clarify for new assessors and 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 EngC/IGEM process

4 TimeProgramme ActivityLed 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 David Key 11:00 – 11:20 Technical Report Option Requirements Malcolm Howe 11:20 – 11:40 Role of the Mentor and Mentee David Key / TBC 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 David Key / Ross McCart 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 Route to Membership Malcolm Howe

7 Receive initial Membership enquiry UKSPEC exemplifying qualifications? YesNo Technical report or other option? Sufficient relevant experience? Professional review process EngC registered member Yes

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9 Exemplifying Qualifications for CEng and IEng David Key

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

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 candidate’s experience and demonstrating his/her knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application

16 Technical Report Option Malcolm Howe

17 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 What are the specific requirements for the Technical Report?

18 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 David Key

21 Mentoring Relationships Follow a life cycle: Rapport building Setting direction Making progress Winding down

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

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

24 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

25 Role of the Mentee Ryan Love

26 My Stages of Membership Jan 2007 – Graduate Member Jan 2010 – Engineering Technician (EngTech)  Feb 2010 – IEng Synopsis Approved  Jul 2011 – IEng Technical Report Sent  Sept 2011 – IEng Technical Report Interview  Oct 2011 – Professional Review Interview  Nov 2011 – IEng Status Confirmed Nov 2011 – Incorporated (IEng)  Dec 2012 – CEng Synopsis Sent  Apr 2013 – CEng Synopsis Recommendations Returned  Sept 2013 – CEng Recommendations Reviewed

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28 Requirements / Rewards What you get! Status Opportunity (Doors Opened) Self Satisfaction Knowledge What you need! An Interest (in subject) Commitment Objective/Goal (Status / Promotion) A Plan

29 Working with a Mentor Mentor assigned in January 2010 and provided guidance in the development of the Synopsis. and video conferencing allowed cross channel communication to clearly understand the nature of the project that would form the basis of my Technical Report. I received on-going, timely support throughout the process.

30 Personal Help Work project linked to Technical Report Support from work External support –University link Mentee driven Awareness of 4 areas of assessment

31 Conclusion Subject matter for the Technical Report doesn’t need to relate directly to your current role or company IGEM were extremely helpful in assisting me to identify the appropriate academic level for the Technical Report I saved time and pain by not trying to stretch a past project or current activity to ‘fit’ the academic requirement The 4 areas of assessment allow candidates to score higher in areas they may be stronger in CEng challenge?????

32 The Technical Report Gordon Davies

33 Synopsis for the Technical Report Description of the project Demonstrating the candidate’s personal role and responsibility in the project Demonstrating the candidate’s personal understanding of underlying scientific and engineering principles and their application in the project

34 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

35 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

36 Examples of Synopsis and Technical Reports

37 Preparation of the Technical Report Geoffrey Lloyd

38 Different Kinds of Reports Reports come in many different shapes and sizes. Their primary function is to: Inform Persuade Recommend

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

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

41 Use of Footnotes in a Report Registration with Gas Safe is now compulsory for anyone wishing to attempt work on gas appliances and gas installations.[1] [1]Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the UK, Isle of Man & Guernsey. Appointed by the relevant Health & Safety Authority for each area. By law all Gas Engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. Gas Safe Register is run by Capita Gas Registration & Ancillary Services Ltd, a division of Capita Group Plc. Gas Safe register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in Great Britain & the Isle of Man on 1 st April 2009 & Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1 st April The HSE carried out a review of gas safety in 2006 which, after consultation with the gas industry, Engineers and the public, led to the decision to change to a new gas registration scheme. The sole focus of the register is on improving & maintaining gas safety to the highest standards.

42 `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’

43 Report Length 2,000 – 10,000 words WE DO NOT WANT A PhD THESIS!

44 Preparation of the Technical Report As simple as ABC Accuracy Brevity Clarity

45 Checklist Have I kept to the original topic & covered all the main points? Have I gone into sufficient depth to demonstrate that I understand the underlying engineering principles & 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 & arguments adequately by using relevant theory, examples & references? Have I set out my thought processes, what decisions I made & why? Have I acknowledged all sources & references? Have I written clearly? Have I remained within the word count? Have I completed the authenticity statement to the papers?

46 Lunch Break

47 Assessment of the Technical Report David Key

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

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

50 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 - It’s about showing you can communicate and you understand what you have written

51 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

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

53 Scoring A.Structure of report, creativity and referencing 1.Lacks structure, addresses topic in a limited manner, referencing inaccurate or incomplete. 2. Addresses the topic with some evidence of structure, some referencing and evidence of flair. 3.Addresses the topic in logical and structured manner, accurate research referencing and creativity demonstrated. 4.Clearly addresses the task in a structured and logical manner, good support documentation, highly creative.

54 B.Written expression, definition, style, presentation and readability 1.Meaning not always clear, lacks focus, presentation does not meet requirements. 2.Meaning and text reasonably clear, does not always make the point, evidence of logical style, presentation satisfactory. 3.Meaning clear, illustrated frequently in a logical manner, well presented and finished. 4.Meaning clear and fluent, originality in thought and expression, high standard of presentation.

55 C. Evidence of theory and application of engineering principles to Bachelor level (IEng) or Masters level (CEng) 1.Limited evidence of background knowledge and understanding, poor supporting theory, errors and inaccuracies, weak application. 2.Evidence of subject knowledge and understanding, no significant errors, limited development of theory, understands principles. 3.Adequate to good arguments and points, demonstrates understanding, no significant errors, good application. 4.Comprehensive development of ideas, clear evidence of understanding with sound application of principles.

56 D. Ability to handle issues and draw conclusions 1.Superficial relevance and limited comprehension, errors in judgments and misleading summary. 2.Some relevant issues are identified and discussed, shows comprehension, no significant errors or omissions, some conclusions drawn. 3.Relevant issues and problems identified and discussed with some analysis, good summary of lessons learned. 4.Relevant issues and problems identified and discussed with some analysis and synthesis, action plan identified.

57 Scoring Scoring system is used twice (a)Pre-Interview and (b) At Interview (a)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.

58 (b) At Interview Second assessment of criteria C & D made Applicants should normally score at least two 3’s and two 2’s (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)

59 IGEM Approval Process Ross McCart IGEM

60 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!

61 Arbitration and Appeals Procedure Appellant Written notice of intention within 4 weeks of receipt of notification IGEM Membership 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

62 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

63 IGEM Decision CEO conveys decision to o Candidate o Membership Department o Membership Committee Appellant Appeal successful o Fee refunded o Proceed through standard application route Appeal not successful o Fee retained

64 Technical Report Clinic Questions & Answers Break out Groups Individual discussions as necessary

65 Workshop Review & Feedback

66 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

67 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 EngC/IGEM process

68 Feedback Form We would appreciate your thoughts and comments on the Technical Report Option workshop held today so that we can tailor future workshops to meet expectations. A feedback form is provided in your delegate pack, please complete this and hand to IGEM staff.


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