Postgraduate taught 

Computational Geoscience MSc

Academic and Professional Skills for GES PGT GEOG5123

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

A skills core course for selected PGT students in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, covering academic and professional topics including research communication and professional development.


Up to four hours per week, arranged within a single day each week over five weeks.

Excluded Courses

GEOG5021: Research and Professional Issues in Geomatics

GEOG5057: Research and Professional Issues in Sustainable Water Environments




A portfolio of items including a group-designed oral presentation with individual reflection and references 

Main Assessment In: December

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. 


Group presentation cannot be reassessed

Course Aims

For students to develop and demonstrate a baseline level of academic and professional skills including, but not restricted to; academic reading, writing, oral communication, group work, peer assessment, research integrity and personal reflection.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- Work in a collaborative setting.

- Select and correctly reference literature.

- Reflectively discuss personal and collaborative effectiveness.

- Implement a scientific writing style to a specific format. 

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.