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GEOG6111 Research Skills and Project Work

Module Overview

A range of skills are required for those wishing to work in the realm of remote sensing and spatial analysis. This module will help develop your skills base with regard to academic skills as well as those of particular value to further research and/or employment. The skills will be developed within the context of topics in remote sensing and spatial analysis. This module builds on the academic and practical skills developed in GEOG6026 but places greater emphasis on group project work. This will focus on a research proposal chosen by your group which employs geospatial technologies and analysis. Written work will be divided into (i) a Literature Review and (ii) a Research Grant Application. Projects will involve working effectively both as individuals and in a team. Groups will need to provide a pitch-style presentation delivered in a Pecha Kucha format to introduce and outline their idea for the research proposal. Formative feedback will be given for this presentation to help shape each group’s final research grant application.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


You will 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

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning will be via a mix of lectures, small group seminars, computer-based practicals, student-led group work, individual written coursework and group-based presentations.

Independent Study126
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review  (2000 words) 50%
Research proposal 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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