Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Career Planning and Skills Development
Academic Year
Semester 2
Entry requirements for honours Mathematics or Physics degree schemes
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 one-hour lectures
Practical 8 two-hour workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Programming assignment  Programming assignment (22%), Visualisation assignment (22%), Statistics assignment (22%), Skills awareness programme and Curriculum Vitae (12%), Group presentation (11%), Presentation of topic in Mathematics or Physics (11%).  25%
Supplementary Assessment 2 Hours   As determined by the exam board  practical examination on spreadsheets and statistics.  100%
Semester Assessment Spread sheet assignment  25%
Semester Assessment Individual presentation of a topic in Mathematics or Physics  15%
Semester Assessment Group presentation on careers  15%
Semester Assessment Skills awareness programme and Curriculum Vitae  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Set up, or modify, a spreadsheet to do various calculations and produce summaries and charts from the figures involved;

Explore a data set using the statistics package and applying simple methods to analyse and present the information it contains;

Use a word-processing package to produce simple documents, including a Curriculum Vitae;

Use a presentation package to produce a simple slide presentation;

Give a presentation of a topic in Mathematics or Physics;

Produce a Personal Development Portfolio.


The module provides an opportunity to develop a selection of transferable skills designed to enhance students' learning experience and employment prospects.

Brief description

This module introduces the students to computer programming through a range of software packages: word-processing software, presentation software, spreadsheets and formal programming. It will use simple ideas in mathematics and physics to illustrate simple uses of the software and skills in the workplace.

The Careers Service provides, as part of this module, a skills awareness programme during which each student prepares a letter of introduction and Curriculum Vitae. Working in teams, students will research the careers available to graduates in their discipline and the relation of the skills they acquire in their course to these careers. Each team will together produce a presentation on their findings, making use of the software to which they have been introduced.

On an individual basis, students will prepare and make a short presentation on a topic in Mathematics or Physics.


Word-processing packages (Word, Powerpoint, Latex): introduction, simple documents, formatting, mathematical expressions, presentations.
Skills awareness programme, including advice on the preparation of an introductory letter and CV, run by the Careers Service.
Group presentations on the relation between the skills acquired by Mathematicians or Physicists and the careers available to them.
Spreadsheets: overview , entering and formatting information, formulae and functions, manipulating and visualizing a (large) dataset.
Programming: basic introduction to software and the principles of computer programming, with some visualisation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Numerical/visualization concepts and techniques are addressed in connection with spreadsheet and computer programming.
Communication Written communication is developed and tested by the written assignments, and the CV. Communication is developed and tested by the presentations.
Information Technology The students will use a variety of computer software.
Personal Development and Career planning The skills awareness programme, and the group presentation provide opportunities for career planning.
Problem solving Problem solving skills are developed in this module in dealing with the spreadsheet and programming assignments and in preparing for the presentation of a topic in Mathematics or Physics.
Research skills Research skills are developed in research for the presentation topic and in researching the skills needed for various forms of employment.
Team work Work leading to the group presentation is done in teams.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Barbara Ryan, Brian L. Joiner (2001) Minitab Handbook 4/e Duxbury Primo search Greg Harvey (1994) Excel for Dummies 2/e IDG Books Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4