Professional Skills (G5120)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module will cover important professional skills in four categories:

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


62%: Lecture
38%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: