Skills for Landscape Researchers and Professionals ARCH5091

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop their subject, transferable and intellectual skills. These skills will be learnt through seminars and workshops on particular skills-sets, and through assessed tasks including project design, oral presentation, personal development planning and critical literature review.  The transferable skills developed through the course will be advantageous to students pursuing research or professional careers in landscape and heritage contexts.


Students will participate in 10 skills seminars and workshops (typically one seminar/workshop per week in Semester 1, over the course of 10 weeks). These classes will typically last 1-2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements:  Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





Assessment will comprise the following four items, each contributing 25% of the overall assessment for the course: 

■ Critical literature review (description and analysis of a substantial piece of writing on a landscape theme; 1,000 words in length).

■ Project design (description and justification of a proposed landscape project; 1,500 words in length).

■ Oral presentation (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes leading a discussion).

■ Personal development plan (1,000 words in length).

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the transferable and intellectual skills needed for research and professional practice. Specifically, the course aims to provide stimulating and relevant teaching in:

■ transferable research and professional skills;

■ critical reading;

■ effective oral presentation;

■ project design;

■ personal development planning

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ succinctly describe and critically analyse literature relevant to the subject area (assessed in the critical literature review);

■ scope, define, justify and plan a research or practical project (assessed in the project design);

■ make succinct and relevant presentations using appropriate supporting material (assessed in the oral presentation);

■ produce a personal development plan (assessed in the personal development plan).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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