Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Spatial Skills Training 1 COMPSCI1026

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to develop the spatial skills of participants.


2 hours per week (2 one-hour sessions) for 5 weeks only (from Week 5 to Week 9)

Requirements of Entry

Score of 21 or below in PSVT:R spatial skills test conducted in Week 1.

Excluded Courses





Sessions will be allocated in free slots in students' timetables, with opportunities for them to re-organise placements by discussion with the course coordinator. As such, they are expected to attend every session, and will not be given a pass if they miss more than one. There will be 5 exercises packs (1 each week) which students should have attempted in order to be awarded a pass.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. 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 D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The spatial skills training course has been introduced to develop the spatial skills of students entering computing science with poor spatial ability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will become proficient in spatial visualisation - specifically rotation and orientation of 3D structures - as tested by the PSVT:R test of spatial skills.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend 90% of sessions conducted and attempt 100% of weekly activity packs.