CEG2720 : Geomatics Practice and Research
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr David Fairbairn
- Other Staff: Dr Stuart Edwards, Dr Ciprian Spatar, Dr Nigel Penna, Mr Philip James, Professor Jon Mills, Dr Rachel Gaulton, Dr Wen Xiao, Professor Stuart Barr, Professor Zhenhong Li, Dr Henny Mills
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
This module will introduce students to personal and career development, and to provide a link between their study programme and practice in Geomatics 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 Geomatics. In addition, career development in Geomatics 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 Geomatics 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).
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Coursework - Draft Project idea|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||2:00||16:00||Mixture of Lectures/Tutorials. Some with visiting speakers.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Coursework - Reflective exercise|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||4||1:00||4:00||Research planning|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Coursework - Research Proposal|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||4:30||4:30||Coursework - Info sources worksheet|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:35||1:35||Oral Examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||2:00||2:00||Computer class (poster preparation)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||Tutorial (4 repeat sessions)|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||20:00||20:00||Project scoping and planning|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||2||5:00||10:00||Site visits|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||0:15||0:15||Interview with supervisor|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||20:40||20:40||Further 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 geomatics 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 geomatics is enhanced by number of industry speaker presentations and site visits. These introduce students to contemporary practice in various branches of the geomatics industry. Students must write an individual report on these experiences.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Examination||5||1||M||5||Learned/professional body|
|Research proposal||2||M||40||Full research proposal (1500 words, essential component)|
|Poster||2||M||20||Draft project idea (essential component)|
|Written exercise||1||M||15||Info sources worksheet|
|Report||1||M||20||Reflective exercise on career progression based on LDBG, 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.
If failing marks (<40) are awarded for any of the essential components, the module cannot be passed or compensated until satisfactory versions of these have been submitted (by dates specified by the module leader). Following such resubmission, the original component marks will stand.