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


62%: Lecture
38%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 27 hours of contact time and about 123 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: