Module Title:   Final Year Project (Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme)

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0355L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Project 10+10

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr A J Cullen

Additional Tutor(s):   Lorna Armitage

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
To provide you with the opportunity to apply knowledge assimilated and imparted during the previous years of the course, and advance your skills through the solution of a course related problem associated with education and/or school students, and normally involving the practical development of a product or process. To develop your ability to plan and implement project activities and to achieve an agreed set of objectives in a time-scale within the scope of a live project. To provide the opportunity to evaluate teaching as a career option, within the established framework of the national UAS.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Students will carry out an individual project, on a theme agreed with a project supervisor with collaboration from the School mentor. Project organisation and assessment are described in detail in the Project Resources and explained by the module coordinator in seminars. A mid-project oral presentation ad accompanying documentation based on a submitted target specification, are used to assess project planning, scheduling, progress and communication skills and both oral and written feedback are given. A project demonstration and final report are used to assess the overall project outcomes and communication skills. Students will spend approximately 3-4 hours each week in semester time in an allocated school working alongside teaching staff. The teacher`s view of the student`s work will be represented in the student log book. The supervisor assesses the project work throughout the project. Written feedback is provided after the final assessments. Supplementary assessment will make good deficiencies in the original attempt.

Lectures:   6.00          Directed Study:   116.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   18.00          Other:   60.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

a) demonstrate you have undertaken a substantial piece of work relating to a theme in the subject area, including its planning, scheduling and reporting, taking responsibility for the successful completion of many interdependent activities; b) acquire up to date and relevant information and justify your choice of methods and techniques in a rigorous manner; c) apply scientific and/or relevant course related principles to the solution of a practical problem; and d) understand the concepts and principle challenges of school teaching.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

a) devise and recommend solutions to problems by applying scientific and course specific principles to the solution of practical subject area related problem; b) acquire up to date and relevant information and justify your choice of methods and techniques in a rigorous manner; c) work within a school environment to support teaching and develop a project appropriate to the school student`s learning experience.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

a) carry out project planning, scheduling and reporting, and take responsibility for the successful outcome of your work; b) present findings clearly and unambiguously, using improved oral and written communication skills within the context of teaching and small group interactions; c) gain enhanced research, design and development skills, and d) developed skills relevant to managing a live project with multiple stakeholders and therefore improved key skills relevant to employment.

  Coursework   100%
 
  Project work throughout the module, to include a final project report of not more than 4000 words and an oral assessment

Outline Syllabus:
An individual project, agreed after discussion between student and the School mentor and confirmed by the University supervisor, which requires the student to absorb relevant background information from literature, internet and other sources to support the development of their interactive and teaching skills with the school students and prior to proceeding to develop and solve a challenging technical problem. The activities will include project specification, (the project will have to be specified to the satisfaction of the teacher and the supervisor, with detailed plans for implementation) project planning, defining a solution, detailed design, implementation and testing. The student will be required to produce documentation on a regular basis and to communicate their work through oral and written work.

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