Critical Skills for Physical Scientists and Engineers

For almost two decades, Sunny Bains has specialized in teaching critical skills for technical people from undergraduates to professionals: these include research, analysis, visualization, technical argument, technical explanation, writing, presentation, and ethics. She takes a pragmatic, step-by-step approach to all these subjects, starting with basic principles and then moving on to simple, clearly explained rules of practice.

Some of this work is now encapsulated in her book Explaining the Future: How to Research, Analyze, and Report on Emerging Technologies (published by Oxford University Press, February 2019). She is currently developing the website for this book as a hub of information that will help technical people develop skills in all of these areas, complete with check sheets, introductory videos, a blog and other material that she has created and curated over the years.

At UCL, Sunny is available to work on skills modules aimed at postgraduate students (in the spring and summer terms). She currently offers the following lectures and can develop additional material on request.

  • Engineering Ethics
  • Research Beyond the Literature
  • Technical Analysis
  • Technical Argument & Explanation
  • Visualization
  • Writing
  • Advanced Writing & Long Reports
  • Presentation

In addition, she can run peer-marked assignments designed to improve both skills and critical faculties, intensive small-group workshops (usually for professionals, PhD students, or to train markers), and PGTA-marked assessments. Please contact her for further information: sunny.bains {at}