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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 14:52:12

Title of Module: Professional Development in Computing

Code: COMP07067 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Glenn  Affleck

Summary of Module

This is a core first year module in all the undergraduate degree programmes in computing in the University.

The module will support the ways in which today’s students learn, develop and present the skills acquired during study at the University.  Students taking this module will develop skills in report writing, creating presentations, use e-learning, creating personal and professional development profiles and time management. Active learning, independent learning, reflective learning and reflexive practices will also be covered.

This module also provides an introduction to personal and team project management in terms of their uses and advantages.    The subject of computer programming is used as a practical example of how to develop skills within the computing profession.


This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Critical Thinker
  • Ethically-minded
  • Research-minded

Work Ready

  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven

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 presentation skills that will enable participants to succeed in their chosen course of study and enable them to communicate ideas both verbally and in writing.

L2. Construct a report demonstrating personal development and awareness of professionalism.

L3. design an application as a group activity

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 7.

Develop learning awareness and consider key aspects present in learning experiences as basis for critical evaluation of current approach to learning. Develop an active learning style to conduct deep level learning in the learning environment. Develop an understanding of personal and inter-personal skills development. Understanding of e-portfolio design.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Designing a learner log, report and presentation.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Developing learning awareness of active deep learning approaches necessary for deep level skill development Develop inter-personal skills. Develop personal active learning strategies.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating knowledge effectively. Interpreting problems and stating solutions Making effective use of tools and information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Work on own to gain concepts, identifying their own learning needs. Work on own to create on-line portfolio. Work as part of a group to discuss the learning environment and create a learning log.

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
1. On-line Lectures – Approaches to learning, teaching and assessment will be covered. Motivation, personal development and planning, time keeping, report writing and presentation skills will also be covered. Basic Programming skills will also be covered as an example of the skills needing developed within the computing profession.

2. Laboratory Sessions – During the lab sessions the students will apply ideas developed for the practical assessed work within their presentation and report.

4. Support materials – school student handbook, Moodle for gathering lecturer materials & current discussions.

• Group learning – Group based learning will be a strong focus of the module allowing students to learn how to interact within small groups and developing the ability to critique each others work and personal and professional development.
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 Delivery10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop10
Independent Study76
Asynchronous Class Activity4
100 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:

The learning resource area on the Student Intranet.

Up-to-date materials and relevant website addresses posted on the relevant Aula site

Use of internet sites for information gathering activities.

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
All Mandatory classes must be attended.
All assessments must be submitted.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorGraeme McRobbie
External ExaminerD Doolan
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)
A class test worth 30 percent of the final mark consisting of the outline and detail of the assessed work carried out within the module. A presentation of the designed group app worth 10% of the total mark. A coursework project worth 60%
(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
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck mark300
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work check markcheck mark600
Presentationcheck mark check mark102
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 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

As this module is delivered to all incoming 1st year students, this is an excellent opportunity to identify and evaluate student needs. When a student discloses a disability, or if a tutor is concerned about a student, the tutor in consultation with the School Enabling Support coordinator will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made.

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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