module specification

CC2018 - Professional Development for Computing (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Professional Development for Computing
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 50%   Oral presentation and Logbook
Coursework 50%   Project Proposal *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module prepares students for undergraduate projects.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

Prepare students for researching, producing and defending/supporting their final year project.

The graduate attributes focused on in the module are A1, A2 and A3.


§ Preparation for dissertation (as appropriate), innovation, types of project (research, implement soothing to solve a problem, investigation...)
§ Developing a project proposal;
§ Project management and planning (including aims, management of resource, risk and time and contingency planning)
§ The viva (as appropriate to subject)
§ The importance of oral presentation (as appropriate to subject)
§ Project marking process, importance of final year report, good and bad projects
§ Report writing – structure, content and tailoring to audience
§ Review of best principles – Research, analysis and critical reflection, referencing and avoiding plagiarism

Learning and teaching

The module will be taught over 12 weeks. Teaching methods will include a range of the following: tutor led seminar discussions, student led discussions, small group discussions and exercises, individual exercises, lectures given by tutor. The teaching methods will support the main aim of encouraging independent lifelong learning. The module will be delivered by a team of staff aiming to encourage enthusiasm for HE learning and subject knowledge. Students will be given one hour lectures on generic skills. The students will then be taught in subject specific clusters for tutorials. Tutorials will be student centred using carefully graduated exercises to build up student's confidence and self-esteem and will also provide the opportunity for students to reinforce learning and demonstrate their skills and receive individual advice from their tutor.

Each tutorial session will be delivered in a way which reflect the context and nature of the cluster of courses. Extensive use will be made of examples and case studies as vehicles to develop the specific skills shown in the syllabus, but the examples and case studies themselves will be drawn from the particular context of the cluster. In this way, all students will develop a common set of appropriate skills but placed within a context related to their chose course.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will.

Be able to appropriately develop, manage and deliver a project proposal. [A1]
Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of ethical issues underpinning academic research. [A3]
Have the necessary attributes in close reading, analysis, critical thinking and debate, finding and using secondary sources, presenting written work correctly, giving oral presentations. [A3]
Be able to demonstrate ability to effectively research, plan and structure reports and presentations, and to effectively deliver the latter. [A2][A3]

Assessment strategy

Assessment examines the ability to both develop a subject based project proposal and to support/defend it via either a viva or oral presentation (as appropriate to subject).

50% is available for the student’s project proposal and 50% for the associated viva or oral presentation.

Depending upon the conventions associated with employment in the relevant subject area, the project proposal and supporting viva or oral presentation may be undertaken as group work.


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