Module Title:   Developing Professional Skills

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0113L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Principal Co-ordinator:   Ms Lorna Armitage

Additional Tutor(s):   All Computing staff

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To equip students with a range of academic, professional and personal skills; to provide fundamental subject specific concepts; to raise awareness of, and interest in, ethical issues such as sustainability within the context of the students` chosen discipline. To introduce the basic foundations of human computer interaction; promote awareness of the importance of users in the design and development of interactive computer systems; provide an understanding of the techniques and skills required to develop more usable interactive computer systems.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lecture sessions incorporate both traditional lectures and practical exercises aimed at introducing and improving key skills; present the concepts, principles and theories underpinning the design and development of interactive computer systems. Lectures and tutor groups provide guidance on the availability of supporting resources within the University for individual professional development. Tutorial sessions and directed reading enables the development of study skills and support the material covered in lecture sessions. Activities in small group tutorials range from problem-solving to discussion of ethical issues and interactive class exercises. Assessment is by coursework; you must pass assessment one to pass the module, this is the Library plagiarism awareness online course; supplementary assessment as original with the group element substituted by individual.

Lectures:   30.00          Directed Study:   152.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   18.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate a basic knowledge in areas fundamental to your subject area, and an awareness of the importance of key skills for professionals from a subject specific point of view; show an understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it; show an overall understanding of basic principles, techniques and concepts underpinning user interfaces and human computer interaction.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate a broad knowledge and overview of your specific field of study; analyse simple examples of user interfaces and demonstrate an appreciation of human and social issues relating to the field of Human Computer Interaction and Computing.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate and apply a range of study and academic skills which include independent learning; reflection; planning, plagiarism awareness and time management.
Demonstrate and apply a range of communication skills which include collaborative working; report writing; and presenting.

  Coursework   0%
  Online programme on plagiarism avoidance provided by library. This assessment must be passed to pass the module
  Coursework   50%
  1. Written individual assignment - 30%; 2. Group Presentation - 20%
  Coursework   50%
  1. Evaluation of an online interface - 25%; 2.Written individual reflective assignment - 25%

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Library and information skills using suitable tools. Plagiarism awareness. Study skills. Presentations and report writing. Problem solving through group work. Aspects of professional development. A broad introduction to, and overview of, the discipline of computing. The origins and scope of human computer interaction (HCI) and its importance in the development of usable computer systems. The cognitive and physical capabilities of users and the relevance of this to the way they interact with computers. A survey of input, output and communication styles and their appropriateness for different types of user, task, environment and application area. The ways in which HCI can contribute to the various stages of the system development life cycle to ensure usable systems. Future directions and challenges for HCI. Multi-modal interfaces and interfaces for special users.

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