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GEOG6026 Skills and Project Work

Module Overview

A range of skills are required for those wishing to work in the realm of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial analysis. This unit will help develop students' academic skills base to equip them for their postgraduate study, further research and employment. The skills will be developed within the context of geospatial topics. Sessions in the first semester will focus on skills such as time-management, gathering information (library and electronic resources), effective reading and note-taking, referencing and academic integrity, essay writing, oral presentation, group work and statistical skills. In the second semester emphasis will be placed on group project work. This will focus on a research proposal on a topic selected from a range of geospatial subjects. Written work will be divided into (i) a Literature Review and (ii) a Research Proposal. Projects will involve students working effectively individually and in a team. Groups will have to provide a presentation on their Research Proposal at the end of the semester and respond to oral questions about their project.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To develop academic skills. • To develop skills in the design of a project. • To develop team building skills. • To develop communication skills (written, oral, and visual) to a high level. • To develop the skills necessary for self-managed and life-long learning (e.g., independent working, time management and organisational skills). • To develop an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake a literature survey focused upon a specific project or research area.
  • Develop self-awareness of own skills and the skills of others.
  • Employ an effective information search strategy.
  • Effectively abstract information from technical papers.
  • Produce a scientific synthesis and analysis of data gathered.
  • Understand, apply and integrate knowledge of GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis methods.
  • Make an effective technical presentation on the project work; enhance a presentation with appropriate visual aids and appreciate the role of information technology in delivering presentations; effectively respond to questions.
  • Develop verbal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Develop effective team development skills.
  • Develop effective problem analysis and decision-making skills in a rapidly changing situation.

Syllabus

Semester 1: In the first semester, a programme of lectures, practical and group sessions will develop student skills in time-management, gathering information (library and electronic resources), effective reading and note-taking, referencing and academic integrity, essay writing, oral presentation, group work and statistical skills. Students will be encouraged to manage their own learning, by reflecting on their current levels of skills and develop learning goals where they have gaps. Semester 2: Students work in groups to devise, develop and pitch a hypothetical research project to bid for funding. The work consists of subject research through individual literature reviews, a short formative group pecha kucha presentation representing an early round of the bid process. These are followed by a more detailed, traditional presentation and a full bid proposal complete with planning breakdown, justification, costings and CVs.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Practical7
Assessment tasks8
Lecture11
Independent Study262
Seminar12
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year

Formative

Group presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 16.5%
Group presentation 17%
Group presentation 10%
Literature review 20%
Research proposal 20%
Statistical report 16.5%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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