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GEOG5022M Professional & Personal Development

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Luke Burns

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5004MProfessional and Personal Development

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This compulsory module aims to practically develop students’ professional skills and personal awareness. It achieves this through computer practicals, workshops, talks by/about professional bodies, invited talks by external speakers, careers centre interaction and attendance at School seminars, research cluster meetings and/or conferences. All sessions on the module are structured around one or more key themes: (1) Step up to Masters (2) Technical Skills (3) Problem-Solving (4) Careers and personal development


This module seeks to:

Step up to Masters: Support the transition from undergraduate study or employment to Masters study at the University of Leeds.

Technical Skills: Enhance student technical skillsets by widening experience of in-demand GIS and other software packages, beyond those taught elsewhere on the programme.

Problem-Solving: Provide an opportunity for students to develop their problem-solving skills to think creatively to devise solutions to addresses contemporary issues in both socio-economic and environmental domains.

Careers and personal development: Enable students to consider their own personal development through an awareness of professional societies, bodies and groups and provision of specialist careers support.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Practical experience of using several specialist software packages and applying quantitative/spatial techniques to different datasets.
2. An appreciation of the process through which researchers and/or practitioners follow to devise approaches to solving data-driven problems.
3. An understanding of the importance of personal development in a GIScience context and some of the noteworthy societies, bodies and groups to engage with.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

4. Academic skills - An awareness of how to write and reference using the relevant academic protocols.
5. Work-ready skills - Navigate and evidence competency when using software and sourcing data at the fore of contemporary industry/research.
6. Digital skills - Experience with using technical skills that stretch beyond traditional GIS and spatial analysis software.
7. Work-ready skills - Think creatively to both devise and evaluate different approaches to solving data-driven problems.
8. Work-ready skills – Undertake set tasks to a specified time limit and when working under pressure.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours227.00
Total Contact hours73.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance and progress will be monitored because this is a pass to progress module. Monitoring will be through attendance/progress at each session (typically two per week).

Students also submit a trial assignment on this module (0%) and formative feedback will provided on this with follow-ups as needed.

Students are encouraged to talk to staff in each hands-on session about the work being undertaken. As not all of this feeds into the summative assessment, this opens up the opportunity for individual feedback relevant to the subject matter.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 29/04/2024 16:14:37


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