Landscape: Integrated Research & Practice - Professional Development Project ARCH5083P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course comprises a single project, designed and executed by the student. The professional development project focuses on student employability, providing an opportunity for the development of the landscape investigation, assessment, analysis and interpretation skills, knowledge and understanding employed in professional contexts. Where appropriate, students will benefit from the advice of an experienced external advisor currently working in a relevant professional field. 


Independent study supported by regular supervision (typically fortnightly meetings) and/or training (provided by supervisor or other member of staff) together, where appropriate, with periodic meetings with external professional advisor (typically three meetings in total).

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses






There are two assessed items:

■ project design (2-3,000 words). Produced and submitted at an early stage in the project. Worth 20% of the overall summative assessment for the course.

■ project report (10-12,000 words). Produced and submitted at the end of the project. Worth 80% of the overall summative assessment for the course.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade C3 for postgraduate students.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to: 

■ develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of good practice on professional projects, incorporating problem identification, project design, data collection and analysis and the critical use of sources;

■ design, undertake and present an original and independent project entailing landscape or environmental characterisation, assessment, evaluation, analysis and/or other relevant tasks;

■ develop their critical thinking and acquire and apply subject-specific and transferable skills in a specific context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate advanced knowledge of a field of landscape practice;

■ identify, evaluate and synthesise existing research, commentary and/or evidence relevant to a particular landscape or landscape problem;

■ apply relevant methods in a critical and appropriate manner;

■ plan and implement a sustained, focused and coherent project relating to a particular landscape;

■ present cogently, coherently and professionally the results of their project, with illustrations and other documentation as appropriate.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.