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CEG2720 : Geospatial Engineering Practice and Research

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Clarke
  • Lecturer: Dr Alistair Ford, Dr Jin Xing
  • Other Staff: Dr Ciprian Spatar, Dr Henny Mills, Professor Philip James, Professor Jon Mills, Dr Nigel Penna, Dr Wen Xiao, Dr Rachel Gaulton, Professor Zhenhong Li, Professor Stuart Edwards
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module will introduce students to personal and career development, and to provide a link between their study programme and practice in Geospatial Engineering in the “real world”. Most notably, it will develop a wide range of study skills valuable to the students for future work, both in and beyond their university career. The module will prepare students for their Stage 3 dissertation project, and set the context of their research and the associated study skills acquired within the practice of Geospatial Engineering. In addition, career development in Geospatial Engineering will also be covered, notably through external speakers and site visits.

Outline Of Syllabus

The nature of research, project and dissertation planning, and proposal writing.
The Geospatial profession and its organisation.
Communications skills: writing, referencing, poster creation.
Library skills, data search, referencing.
Finding a research topic.
Personal career development: job search planning.
Career development: engaging with the industry (external speakers, site visits).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Coursework - Draft Project idea (Poster)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Research planning
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Coursework - Reflective exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Coursework - Research Proposal
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:304:30Coursework - Info sources worksheet
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:351:35Oral Examination (5 mins oral presentation per student)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Mixture of Lectures/Tutorials. Some with visiting speakers.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Computer class (poster preparation)
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:0020:00Project scoping and planning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork25:0010:00Site visits
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:150:15Interview with supervisor
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:4023:40Further reading and reflection
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The primary purpose of this module is to ensure the students are able to consider the nature of the individual research project which forms the centrepiece of their Stage 3 course. To that end the major end-of-module deliverable is a project proposal. Formal sessions, in the classroom, the computer lab and the library address research skills, and provide a wider view of the nature of research activity in the UK in general. In addition, the module demonstrates the wide-ranging nature of developments (including research) in contemporary Geospatial Engineering by a series of invited talks from external speakers. Further seminars develop personal career management and reflective skills, and also allow students to practise oral communication. Group activity in developing individual research project ideas addresses a number of research and study skills. Presentation of the project idea as a poster develops poster communication skills as well as allowing feedback from the targeted project supervisor and other staff/students. This picture of contemporary research, activity, and employment in Geospatial Engineering is enhanced by number of industry speaker presentations and site visits. These introduce students to contemporary practice in various branches of the Geospatial industry. Students must write an individual report on these experiences.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination51M5Learned/professional bodies
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M40Full research proposal (1500 words, essential component)
Poster2M20Draft project idea (essential component)
Written exercise1M15Info sources worksheet
Report1M20Reflective exercise on career progression based on GENIE, external speakers and visits (500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As the aim of this module is to encourage an increasingly independent approach to a wide range of activities, the assessed exercises will be varied. The written submissions will ensure skills in communication in written form are mastered; the speaker/visits report will cover skills in occupational awareness and career development, as well as further communication skills; the information sources exercise will promote library, research and presentation skills; the proposal writing overtly embraces research skills of many types; and the writing exercise will enhance student experience and usage of library resources. The oral and poster presentation will promote oral and interpersonal communication skills.

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