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SCC.360: Computer Science Seminars

Department: Computing and Communications (School of) NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (yr 3) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 15-01-2018 End Date: 23-03-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students majoring in delivering department
Module Convenor: Dr MD Hazas

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • Prior to SCC.360, the student must have successfully completed:

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • Within this module the students will be exposed to a small number (two to three) of current computer science related topics from different subject areas. These areas will be introduced through a lecture covering the general aspects of the area. However, the main topical exposure will happen through seminar style in-depth study of specific parts of the subject area, which includes guided reading, a written seminar essay, presentation of the results in plenary and a discussion of the findings within the seminar group. Through this the students will further deepen their skills in carrying out research, present their work in written, graphical and verbal form (which is related to SCC205 Professional Skills & Research Methods) and to discuss the research work with experts and their own peers.

    The subject areas contributing to these seminars will come from SCC’s different thematic (research) strands and include (but are not limited to):

    ·         Natural Language Engineering

    ·         Policy Based Network Resilience

    ·         Eye-tracking for Ubiquitous Computing Applications

    ·         Energy Aware Control and Sensing in Home Environments

    These topics will change in order to reflect a full spectrum of the School’s interests and also to keep the seminars current, providing a sound basis for up-to-date topical discussion

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

    • SCC205  Professional Issues & Research Methods

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science (Study Abroad
    • BSc Computer Science Innovation
    • BSc Management and IT
    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science (Study Abroad
    • BSc Computer Science Innovation
    • BSc Management and IT
  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • The coursework assessment is based on:

    • Regular in-class tests and quizzes (15%) which aim to assess the level of understanding that students have gained from the weekly seminars.

    • A research paper (85%) which will be concerned with a thematic subject related to one or more of the delivered seminars. The progress of the students will be monitored, while formative assessment and feedback will be offered to them so that they can refine their papers.

    [Note that assessment will be entirely based on coursework (100%); students will not be required to sit a written exam at the end of the seminar series.]

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module aims to:
    • enable students to do independent and in-depth research into an advanced topic of computing or communications reflecting current topical and research issues;
    • enable students to apply research skills to specific subject areas, present the results of their finding in front of a peer group and supervisor, and lead a guided discussion on their chosen subject area;
    • familiarise students with a variety of current and topical areas in computer science and communications that provide an additional and more in-depth perspective on subject areas taught throughout second and third year.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module aims to:


    • equip students with the ability to undertake independent research and summarise and present their research in written and oral form within a discussion group context;
    • enable students to develop transferable skills in problem solving within the context of theoretical research by applying knowledge and skills that have been acquired within this module but also in other modules throughout their studies;
    •  provide students with skills in preparing and presenting complex topical issues in an understandable and coherent manner to a group of experts and non-experts in the field.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • At the end of the course the students should able to research a complex technical topic related to their studies, including analysing, structuring, summarising, documenting and presenting their findings in front of a large group. They will also gain topical knowledge and skills related to the subject areas of the seminars and will learn with and from their peers the specific topical areas of the seminars. After the module the students will be able to produce a coherent document describing their research findings on a complex technical or research topic, present technically intricate issues in a coherent manner and discuss and defend their position on a specific topic within a seminar group.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students will develop stronger interpersonal skills and improve their presentation and discussion skills. They will deepen their knowledge in scientific writing, presentation and learn how to apply the related techniques in a seminar style environment. Further, they will also acquire additional verbal and graphical presentation skills, through the production of the outputs of their research work. Students will also gain experience of discussing a subject area knowledgably and confidentaly.

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