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GEOG3510 Professional Development Project

20 creditsClass Size: 61

Module manager: Paul Kay

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 average mark of at least 60%

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG3535School and Educational Placements

Module replaces

GEOG3520: Workplace Cooperative ProjectGEOG3540: Workplace ProjectGEOG3820: Research Placement

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will undertake a research or a work-related project. The aims of the project will be agreed at the outset and students will work towards meeting the agreed aims and delivering the expected results. Half of the module hours should be allocated to the project with the remainder devoted to private study. Project hours can include attending seminars or presentations organised by research clusters or conferences relevant to the project area. Attendance at seminars/conferences should not be more than 50 hours in total and should be agreed with supervisor.Students will generally gain greater self-awareness and confidence in their ability to work with others, to take individual responsibility for planning and management of their work and to appreciate how their knowledge and skills in geography can be transferred and applied in a range of diverse areas.NOTE: If students find their own project then these must be approved by the module leader before commencement of project. Students without projects will be allocated to one based on an expression of interest system. Allocation to a project is not guaranteed and, depending on project availability, allocation may be to a research or to a work-related project irrespective of any preference stated on the expression of interest form.The project topic for this module should be clearly different from that chosen for the Dissertation module A list of possible projects will be made available to students prior to the start of the new academic year Admission to this module normally requires an overall average module mark at Level 2 of 60 per cent or above.


The objectives of the module are to:
1. let students work in collaboration with an academic member of staff, or in collaboration with an organisation (usually) outside the University, on a theme, investigation or project relevant to academic study for a degree in Geography;
2. let students design, negotiate, record and manage their work in cooperation with project supervisor/s ;
3. give students an opportunity to focus on tackling a problem, or group of problems, which can be solved to a greater or lesser degree by a student who applies his or her energy, knowledge and skills in a concerted, systematic and managed way to effect a solution in the time and with the resources available.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have applied their knowledge and skills in geography to achieving some goal, solving a problem or investigating a research question or issue of concern. In particular they will have:
1. gained an understanding of the intellectual and methodological basis of a particular research question or work-related project;
2. undertaken a substantive project guided by a suitable supervisor;
3. gained experience and developed skill in negotiating, planning, managing their work, reflecting on its merits and shortcomings, assessing results and drawing conclusions.


(a) Introduction to the module at start of Semester 1.
(b) Project allocation or project approval
(c) Initial engagement with supervisor
(d) Commencement of project
(e) Several progress meetings with supervisor throughout session
(f) Completion of project

Assessment of each student will take place at the end of teaching in Semester 2.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours194.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will work independently on a project - levels of supervision will vary depending on the nature of the project.
An example of how private study and independent learning may be split is:

- Carrying out project: 50 hours
- Attending relevant seminars, conferences : 44 hours
- Research associated with preparation and writing up of project report: 80 hours
- Completion of online reflective log throughout the project: 10 hours
- Preparation of poster/presentation (summative): 10 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by regular meetings with supervisors who will discuss and monitor progress with a student.
Students must also complete a project initiation form and health and safety forms/tri-partite agreement as appropriate to the project. These will be reviewed by the module leader/supervisor to ensure that the student has set realistic project aims and objectives and that the health, safety and wellbeing of the student has been addressed adequately.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject report80.00
PresentationPoster presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

In addition to the assessed coursework the students will be encouraged to keep a reflective log of their project

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:20


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