Module ICE-1001:
Professional Perspectives

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Joseph Mearman

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to provide:

  • a grounding in the fundamental skill of scientific writing.
  • an awareness of the professional, legal and ethical environment the student is working in.
  • practical skills in creating appropriate documents for their field.
  • an appreciation of continuing professional development and learning after the student graduates.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

  • Western normative ethics.
  • BCS / IET Codes of Conduct
  • Information Retrieval
  • Library/internet searching
  • Scientific writing.
  • CPD
  • Career Planning

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

good

Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.

threshold

Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.

Learning outcomes

  1. Make effective use of information from a range of appropriate sources.

  2. Undertake thorough research and document findings in a scientific manner.

  3. Communicate findings/results/information using appropriate standards and tools.

  4. Appreciate about the legal, social, ethical issues and professional practices associated with the field of study.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Peer-Assessed Research Report

A peer-assessed written report using IEEE style and referencing on a topic of the student's choice but within their field.

25
WRITTEN PLAN Career Development Plan

Research desirable job advertisements, conduct a skills inventory, and create a plan to acquire and/or develop the skills needed for those posts.

25
ESSAY Ethics Essay

An essay applying Western Normative Ethics to scenarios applicable to the student's field.

20
GROUP PRESENTATION Group Presentation

Research, plan and present an article from a scientific/academic publication as a group (10 minutes).

30

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Private study including individual assessments.

98
Group Project

Group presentation preparations.

30
Lecture

Traditional Lecture (1 hour x 24 weeks)

24
Tutorial

Tutorial for assessment assistane and group work.

48

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Plan, budget, organise and manage people and resources;
  • Agree objectives and work plans with individuals;
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
  • Communicate proposals persuasively and respond positively to feedback;
  • Have an appreciation of moral, ethical, financial and environmental issues that may need to be considered when practicing as an engineer.¬†
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Recognise legal, social, ethical & professional issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial and economic issues
  • Recognise risk/safety for safe operation of computing equipment
  • Deploy tools effectively
  • Work as a member of a development team
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain computer-based systems
  • Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines

Resources

Reading list

Talis Reading list

Courses including this module

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