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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 07/03/2022 20:43:12

Title of Module: Mobile Business Technology and Design

Code: COMP11051 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Mark  Stansfield

Summary of Module

The module is concerned with a study into the concepts, technologies and implementation issues relating to mobile business (m-business) within the context of different problem scenarios. The module focuses on developing in students essential knowledge and skills, both academic and practical, necessary for the development and management of mobile business technologies within a range of organisational situations.

The module will also investigate the market evolution, driving forces, global trends and future developments in relation to m-business, as well as key organisational areas such as revenue models, supply chain management and mobile business security. The module also explores mobile business from a broader, management perspective through the investigation of key issues relating to m-business strategy aimed at increasing organisational effectiveness and competitiveness in the long term. The module also investigates mobile business within the context of a range of applications and case studies. In addition, the module focuses on the design, protoyping and evaluation of mobile apps informed by research.

Graduate attributes that students will develop include undertaking appropriate autonomous secondary research in order to develop critical thinking in exploring mobile business concepts and technologies that will be reviewed in relation to current and future use within a sector of their choice. Students will critically evaluate examples of existing apps in their chosen sector and identify potentially innovative opportunities in designing their own mobile app. Students will develop effective communication skills through producing two clearly written and well researched coursework reports. 


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of the m-business concepts and technologies and evaluate the validity of existing m-business models.

L2. Critically appraise emerging models and software packages for developing m-business opportunities and demonstrate an understanding of approaches organisations can use in order to integrate m-business into their business strategy.

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of the approaches to developing and implementing an m-business opportunities, as well as techniques for communicating with customers, building relationships and facilitating mobile commerce.

L4. Explain the technical and management roles undertaken during the development of new m-business initiatives, as well as in sustaining existing ones.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

An understanding of the concepts, approaches, technologies and techniques relating to developing m-business opportunities.

A critical understanding of the technical and management roles adopted in the development of m-business initiatives.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Critically evaluate and advise on appropriate sofware development packages relating to the development of mobile application prototypes

Produce mobile application prototypes which are informed by research and are at the forefront of mobile application development methods and/or tools.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

An ability of analyse and evaluate existing knowledge and practices within the area of m-business, with a view to identifying and exploring ways in which key issues might be addressed further.

An ability to critically apply a systemic and multidisciplinary approach to dealing with complex technological and organisational issues relating to m-business.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Effectively identify and use mobile application development tools deemed appropriate for the development of working prototypes within the context of wider project management activities.

A critical awareness of how relevant new and emerging technologies can be used by practitioners to enhance m-business development and implementation.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercise a substantial ability to work autonomously, demonstrating critical inquiry in producing quality work underpinned by rigorous investigation.

Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing personal development planning through interacting with others in academic and professional bodies and organisations relevant to m-business.

Demonstrate an ability to manage and work autonomously with a range of self-directed m-business related learning resources.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
This module is underpinned by flexible delivery which is aimed at appealing to a diverse student profile within local, national and international markets. In addition to conventional teaching methods, the module provides the opportunity for self-paced study, study on and off campus through a range of eLearning and blended learning mechanisms which can be adapted to suit specific market needs whether at a local, national and international level.

This module has been developed in full eLearning format and is available through Aula. In addition, the module can be delivered in a blended learning format (using eLearning materials in conjunction with face-to-face tutorial support), and in a conventional face-to-face lecture and tutorial delivery format (depending on specific market needs) supported by the significant module learning resources available on Aula.

The module is aligned to the core design principles of the Curriculum Framework which are (i) Student-centred; (ii) Flexible and Hybrid; (iii) Simple and Coherent; (iv) Authentic; (v) Inclusive; (vi) Sustainable.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Neil, T. (2014) Mobile Design Pattern Gallery: UI Patterns for Mobile Applications. O’Reilly.

Nielsen, J. and Budiu, R. (2012) Mobile Usability. New Riders.

Curwen, P. and Whalley, J. (2013) Mobile Telecommunications in a High Speed World. Gower

Stallings, W. (2014) Wireless Communications & Networks. Pearson

Module resources on Moodle

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorCostas Iliopoulos
External ExaminerC Luo
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by BCS as part of a number of specified programmes.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written Assignment (90%)
Critical Self Reflection (10%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning log check mark check mark100
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The module teaching team work very closely with the School of CEPS Disability Support Coordinator, as well as Students Services, the Disability Support Team, Effective Learning Team, the Quality Enhancement Support Team, and the Department of People & Organisational Development to ensure a commitment to all students (and staff) associated with the module, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation. For students with additional support requirements, adjustments in relation to teaching and assessments will be made as appropriate with advice from the Disability Support Coordinator.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.