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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 15/07/2022 20:34:24

Title of Module: CEPS Summer School (10 credits)

Code: CEPS08001 SCQF Level: 8
(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:Marco  Gilardi

Summary of Module

The CEPS Summer School (10 credits) is a two to four weeks programme on a topical subject aimed to specialise students in specific areas of computing, engineering, or physical sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The CEPS Summer School (10 credits) is not directly linked to any of the programmes in the School of CEPS and it is meant to complement the knowledge transfered to students in existing programmes.

  • - Specialize students on a topical area in the subjects of computing, engineering, or physical sciences

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. Deepen knowledge on the topical area of the subjects of Computing, Engineering, or Physical Sciences

L2. Enable students to apply the knowledge acquired on the topical area of the summer school

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.

Demonstrate and/or work with:

Knowledge in the issues pertaining the topical area covered by the Summer School

A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles that regulate the topical area covered by the Summer School.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Use a wide range of practical professional skills, techniques, and materials associated with the topical area covered by the Summer School.

Use skills, techniques, practices and materials that are specialised and at the forefront of the topical area covered by the Summer School.

Executing a defined project of research and design identifying and prototyping relevant outcomes.

To practise in a range of professional level contexts that include a degree of unpredictability and specialism.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex professional problems and issues.

Offer professional insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.

Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional issues.

Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the topical area covered by the Summer School.

Make judgements where data and information is limited or comes from a range of sources

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Present or convey, formally and informally, information about specialised topics to informed audiences.

Communicate with peers, senior colleagues and specialists on a professional level.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional/equivalent activities.

Exercise significant managerial responsibility for a range of resources.

Practise in ways that show awareness of own and others’ roles and responsibilities.

Work with others to bring about change, development and/or new thinking.

Manage complex ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

Recognise the limits of these codes and seek guidance where appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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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 CEPS Summer School will adopt different ranges of teaching spacing from problem-based learning to practice-based learning and authentic learning depending on the topical area the summer school covers.
A typical summer school will run for two to four weeks five days per week. The teaching approach is expected to be a blend of lectures and practical workshops or labs where students can apply first hand the new knowledge acquired during the programme.

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/Workshop18
Independent Study72
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:

These will be provided with the Summer School specific programme every year

(**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:
Engagement with the programme, the material, and the activities of the Summer School is mandatory

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) Yes
Subject PanelComputing, Engineering, and Physical Sciences
External Examiner
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Class based assessment - 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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck mark1000
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 University policies on equality and diversity will apply to this module: the content and assessment are based on the ability to communicate in English but are otherwise culture-neutral.
For students with additional support needs, an advisor from enabling support will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made, consulting with the module coordinator if necessary.
Further guidance available from Student Services, School Disability Co-ordinators or the University’s Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator.
(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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