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PRF4020 - Professional Research and Communication

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Janne Skinner


Not offered in 2007


The aim of this unit is to provide students with practical skills in professional research and communication. The unit will

  1. consolidate and extend students' existing skills in applied research and communication by introducing them to a range of research and communication practices in organizations, and
  2. develop and extend students' project management skills including using computerised project management software, and working in multi-cultural, multi-functional and cross-disciplinary project teams. The delivery of the unit will draw on academic staff with relevant skills and experience and a number of guest lecturers from the public and private sectors.


Oral presentation (equivalent to 1,200 words when written up for submission): 30%
Professional writing portfolio (equivalent to 1,300 words): 30%
Applied research project (equivalent to 2,000 words): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week