Professional Skills (G5120)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module will cover important professional skills in 4 categories: technical and academic writing technical communication skills, professional conduct, and IT law.

Topics include:

  • Writing skills: technical writing, report writing, reviewing and the correct attribution of credit and referencing
  • Technical communication skills: giving effective oral presentations and graphical aids for oral presentations
  • Professional conduct: codes of professional conduct, computers and society including the workplace and education and the ethical implications of the internet, artifical intelligence, virtual reality and emerging new technologies
  • IT law: computer crime, privacy and data protection and intellectual property and the law in the IT sector


41%: Lecture
30%: Practical
30%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 27 hours of contact time and 123 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.