Postgraduate taught 

Geospatial & Mapping Sciences MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Academic and Professional Skills for GES PGT GEOG5123

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus 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, professional development and computer programming.


Up to five 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 (80%); 

A practical assessment based on computer programming (20%). 

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, personal reflection and computer programming.

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. 

- Use at least one common scientific programming language (e.g. Python, R, Matlab)

- Design and create a piece of computer code, demonstrating basic best practices of scientific programming and code management.

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.