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Postgraduate Course: Research Practice and Project Planning (PGGE11138)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to equip the student with a variety of skills useful to the professional research scientist or GIS professional. These include writing, presenting, organising, managing research and conducting field work. The course introduces the GIS dissertation and leads into the annual postgraduate conference, where students contribute talks on their chosen field of research.

This course also comprises of these core activities:
- A long weekend field course in which students undertake field based GIS projects. This is supported by field technique learning in which students will learn about GIS data capture. This aspect of the course aims to provide experience and training in certain areas of GIS in a more hands on manner and to apply some of the theoretical considerations encountered in lecture courses to real case-studies;
- A series of seminars from national mapping agencies, politicians, consultancies, research laboratories and researchers associated with the field of geographic information. The students will explore a variety of debates relating to GI profession, and gain a clear sense of career opportunities in geographic information science.
Course description Tentative Syllabus:

Week 1
Course Introduction; Literature Search; Kindrogan Briefing; Project selection, team design of field methodology, preparation for field trip; End Note and Effective Writing

Week 2
Effective writing and proposal writing; Kindrogan Briefing; presentation of project selection, team design of field methodology, preparation for field trip

Week 3
Project Management

Week 4
Kindrogan Field Trip

Week 5
GIS in the Real World: roles and responsibilities

Week 6
Effective Presentations

Week 7
Mechanics of dissertation; Tutorial: finding a project, Research draft to supervisor Discussion of project with supervisor
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Fieldwork Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework: Kindrogan Project Work (40%), Research Project Plan (40%), Presentation at Conference (20%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students should have achieved and demonstrated, or be able to achieve and demonstrate the ability to:
- Acquire a set of skills relating to problem-solving and the use of field equipment in the acquisition, management and presentation of geographic information;
- Understand business and career opportunities in the field of GI, understand the merits and limitations of each
- Locate, read and summarise relevant literature, from both traditional and electronic media, to expand your knowledge of the topic;
- Develop reasoned arguments, firmly grounded in the available literature;
- Develop communication, management and interactive skills through group work.

Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Course only available to students on the taught or research MSc GIS programmes.
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). Block 1, Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th October 2014 - Kindrogan Weekend
Semester 2: Wk 11 - MSc Conference
KeywordsPGGE11138 GIS,professional research,project management,research design,presentation skills,effi
Course organiserMr Bruce Gittings
Tel: (0131 6)50 2558
Course secretaryMr Edwin Cruden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543
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