module specification

CC3006 - Current Developments (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Current Developments
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   In-depth Report
Coursework 60%   Style-Based Report *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

Gives the student the opportunity to become acquainted with the very latest areas of advancement in computing and information systems. The module also develops awareness of the professional and ethical issues in computing and IT, and will enable students to understand employment opportunities.

Module aims

All three graduate attributes (A1,A2,A3) are addressed by this module.
The two main aims of the module are:

to acquaint the student with very recent developments in computing and information systems (A2), to indicate how they can relate these to commercial, social and ethical issues (A3), and to provide opportunity for the development of competence in oral discussion


By definition there is not a fixed syllabus for the current developments/research part of the module. It will be continually updated to cover the latest developments in computing and information technology. Examples of development areas and specimen topics that can be covered include:

Biometrics, Intelligent Agents, Computer Forensics, Virtual Reality, Supercomputing, Fuzzy Logic Applications

The names of six topics available for assessment will be presented at the beginning of week 1 of the module. Work done on other topics will not be accepted.

Learning and teaching

Seminars and independent study: six three­hour presentations by speakers from centres of excellence in current research in computing and information systems. The six topics will be chosen by the module organiser each year. Futher drop-in sessions on study skills will be sheduled as needed

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
- give an informed account of the direction of research in a number of current development areas and include their ethical, social, commercial and technological implications (A3)
- give a detailed account of development in one particular area (A2)

Assessment strategy

There are two assessments both formative and summative..
Assignment 1, the in-depth report is based on:
- The ability to comprehend the key elements of research and development in a number of current topics in computing and IT.
- The depth of understanding and reporting of one selected topic.
Assignment 2, the style-based report is based on
- The ability to demonstrate understanding of their selected topic in an interview. Normally the interview will be sheduled some weeks before the deadline for assignment 2.
- The ability to relate these developments to commercial, social, ethical and human factors.
The module is pass on aggregate.


Bibliographies on the selected topics are available on the students intranet