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2014/15 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5690M Masters Work-based Project

15 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Andy Evans

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5811MGIS in the Workplace (WUN)

Module replaces

GEOG5840M Workplacement for CDMGEOG5850M Work/Research placement (GISc)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students must find their own work based project and work-based supervisor, but can use a wide range of external contacts available via staff. Students must arrange the desired outcomes and the timetabling of their project; for example; one day per week or a two week block, for example? Projects can be industrial, commercial, academic, public and voluntary sector, or grassroots community in nature. Students will be expected to keep the module convenor informed of plans, and they must keep a log of all activities and dialogue. The log is submitted for assessment with a reflective commentary and conclusions included. After the project, students prepare a poster on their project and present this at a conference-style meeting.


To permit students access to a range of work-based projects in industrial, commercial, academic, public, voluntary and community environments, for example.
To nurture professional and practitioner experience in students’ career aspirations.
To develop students’ skills in seeking work experience and employment.
To develop students’ professional dialogue and correspondence skills.
To foster work-based partnerships.
To develop collegiality amongst students, staff and work-based supervisors.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
Practical experience of engaging with a work-based supervisor to scope/define a project.
Practical experience of undertaking a work-based project to a professional or similar relevant standard.
Practical experience of minute taking, note taking, and activity logging, and of reflecting on progress.
Practical experience of reporting this project in a conference-style poster session.
Subject-specific knowledge of a work-based project


Communications on finding a work-based project
Individual tutorials on preparing for project
Work-based project activity
Conference-style poster presentation
Reflective conclusions to accompany log

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Work Based Learning180.0080.00
Private study hours62.00
Total Contact hours88.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study and independent learning will include:
Reading directly related to project
Wider reading around project
Compilation of reflective notebook
Preparation of poster for assessment/conference

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored;
Via tutorials
Via work-based supervisor feedback both during and after the project
At conference/poster assessment

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationIn a conference style setting with work-based supervisors invited40.00
Reflective logAudit-centred log for training in note taking, minuting and data tracking, with an accompanying reflective log conclusions (max. 4000 words). This to include a mark based on judgments of a work-based supervisor’s report of student and on student’s work; proforma to be supplied60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 06/01/2015


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