CSC-40050 - Research and Consultancy Skills
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2022/23

Even the most technically gifted computing professionals need to communicate and plan effectively if their ideas are to be realised. There is also increasing need for an understanding of the wider implications computing has on society and how legal and ethical issues relate to software development and deployment.
This module therefore aims to enhance students' skills and knowledge in areas such as communication and problem solving skills; ethical, legal, and social issues; modern group working techniques specific to computing; design and management of research and consultancy activities, and selecting suitable formats and styles of presentation.
Students will be taught and supported by experts from within the School as well as invited speakers from industry and academia.

The module aims to enhance students' skills and knowledge in preparation for their MSc Project or Industrial Placement and for a successful career as a computing professional.
This module ┐will include selection of appropriate communication and problem-solving skills; an evaluation of ethical, legal, and social issues; appraisal and application of management and group working techniques in computing.
The module will also enable students to design and manage research and consultancy activities with a focus on assessing sources and information (both professional and research based) and selecting suitable formats and styles of presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate and select appropriate communication and problem solving techniques;: 1,3
identify the need for ethical behaviour and codes of conduct in computing and compose their own personal ethical frameworks;: 1,3
explain the aspects of law relevant to a computing professional and the impact they have on their work;: 1,3
appraise group working techniques in computing and operate in a variety of team roles, including leadership and management;: 2,3
assess a variety of sources of information and design research and consultancy activities;: 1,2
evaluate the presentation style appropriate for a given situation and create reports and presentations in those styles.: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures 11 hours.
Tutorials 11 hours.
Group Workshops 4 hours.
Individual Assessments 45 hours.
Group Assessment 40 hours.
Independent Directed Learning 39 hours.

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