Skills, Knowledge & Independent Learning - COM00008C

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Helen Petrie
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • Assist students in honing the skills they need to succeed at university, especially independent learning.
  • Provide transferrable skills that are valuable in university and beyond, especially communication skills.
  • Consider the role that computing practitioners play in their profession and in society as well as their ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • Present the big picture of the field of computing, including its past and future.

Module learning outcomes

  • Be competent in essay writing, technical reporting, and public speaking.
  • Understand how to learn independently, think critically, harvest and review information, and manage time effectively.
  • Appreciate that the actions, behaviour and products of computing practitioners can have both subtle and dramatic effects on the economic and social context they operate in.
  • Be aware of the main ethical and legal responsibilities that computing practitioners have and be familiar with at least one professional code of conduct. Be aware of the law relating to issues such as intellectual property, the patent process, and data protection.
  • Be aware of the deeper issues associated with one selected topic from a range of legal, ethical, social, and professional issues identified in the module.


Task Length % of module mark
Blog Posts
N/A 60
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Blog Posts
N/A 60
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will partake in four formative exercises: writing three blog posts and giving one presentation. In small group tutorials all of this work will be discussed and feedback will be given.

In two further tutorials the assessed work (summative assessment) of students will be discussed and feedback will be given.

Overall, students will receive feedback on their work in every one of their seven small group tutorials.

Indicative reading


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