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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 14:57:46

Title of Module: WBL 2 - Group Project (20 point)

Code: COMP08053 SCQF Level: 8
(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:Stephen  Devine

Summary of Module

The Computing Project is seen as making an important contribution towards the development of the student’s intellectual powers, understanding and independent critical judgement, problem solving and communication skills. The chosen subject area will relate to the student's ongoing academic studies in a Computing/Creative Technologies topic. This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop a valuable portfolio piece to show potential employers.

Undertaking this module will develop a range of graduate attributes, including research, critical thinking and analysis, collaborative working, problem solving and effective communication skills.

In working on their project in small groups, students will undertake a series of activities related to the planning, design, implementation, testing and critical evaluation of a piece of work related to their programme of study. Each group is allocated a supervisor with whom they maintain frequent and regular contact so that the necessary technical and organisational assistance can be obtained. It is expected that groups will develop their portfolio piece in a professional manner, and that the module will provide an insight into how teams in industry work. Groups will be introduced to appropriate professional version control systems to support their development work.

Students produce a written report of the project work, document the design and implementation, and critically evaluate the work done.

In carrying out this project, students will be expected to consolidate aspects of their study.

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. Plan, negotiate and complete a portfolio piece of work according to specified project brief.

L2. Demonstrate understanding and appreciation of investigative, planning, design and development techniques appropriate to the project brief.

L3. Communicate and demonstrate ideas and reflect on work undertaken individually and as part of a group.

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 8.

Working with an agreed scope of knowledge and understanding of a subject area.

Understanding that principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology will form part of the project brief.

Ability to make informed choices between available technologies.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Using already acquired skills and knowledge to pursue the aims and objectives of the project.

Using a number of design and development techniques to specify and implement the artefact

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the techniques used.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Communicating effectively with other team members and supervisory team

Interpreting problems and stating solutions

Using appropriate tools to maintain deliverables

Preparation of individual and group report

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Working autonomously, taking responsibility for own learning objectives agreed under supervision.

Making effective use of supervision to overcome any learning or project related tasks.

Working within a group to a set deadline

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The project work for this module is performed in small groups. Lectures will be used to give a brief overview of tools and techniques relevant to the project work. Tutorials will be used to establish the teams and provide support in setting project objectives, and to identify an appropriate supervisor and, where possible, mentor for the group. Groups will meet regularly with their supervisor, and when possible with their mentor, to review progress, discuss options and seek advice. Completing the module is likely to involve students engaging in independent study of specialist techniques and technologies, for example that are required to implement a design that the group have produced, or to develop tools to investigate a problem area they have identified.
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 Delivery24
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Independent Study152
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:

A Moodle module site will be provided to support the student with appropriate detailed materials and links to resources.

(**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
ModeratorMark Stansfield
External ExaminerD Doolan
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by BCS and Skillset as part of a number of specified programmes.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Project Report(100%)
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck mark800
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck markcheck mark100
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck markcheck 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
Nothing in the module should present difficulties for students on the basis of their gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. In relation to students with additional support needs, when a student discloses a disability the individual module tutor, in consultation with an Enabling Support Co-ordinator, will agree any appropriate adjustments to be made. Students should note that the language of instruction is English and that they will need to have a reasonable grasp of the language in order to keep abreast of the teaching materials and in submitting assessed work.

(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)
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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