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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:

  • Through continual self-evaluation, identify personal strengths and weaknesses and develop an understanding of how best to harness these to achieve your academic and professional ambitions.
  • Develop advanced skills in searching for and managing literature to explore and understand independently chosen topics.
  • Contextualise, synthesise and critically evaluate appropriate literature to show insight and understanding of complex geospatial concepts and issues.
  • Use advanced statistical methods and software to explore and evaluate numeric datasets and to report your results in an appropriate language.
  • Present complex geospatial information on datasets, theory, techniques and results to demonstrate understanding and superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Explore a range of alternate presentation methods and mediums and be able to adopt different formats and styles in order to deliver to different audiences.
  • Create and develop independent research ideas in geospatial disciplines and propose effective strategies for undertaking the research.
  • Develop skills in managing resources and time in complex research projects through effective planning and prioritisation.
  • Identify and utilise the skills and talents of yourself and others in being able to achieve desired aims and objectives when working as a group. Allocate, roles and responsibilities and use others to help problem solve and challenge your thinking to work effectively as a team.


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

Independent Study250
Total study time300


Assessment Strategy

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


Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 16.5%
Group presentation 17%
Literature review 25%
Research proposal 25%
Statistical report 16.5%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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