Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Normally only available to level 1 students on the scheme Internet Computing or BIT.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 22 x 1 hr
Lecture 15 x 1 hr


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment CV and covering letter  25%
Semester Assessment Up to 5 one page written exercises and tutorial participation  25%
Semester Assessment Individual Presentation (assessed by staff and peers)  25%
Semester Assessment Group presentation (assessed by staff and peers)  25%
Supplementary Assessment CV and covering letter  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Presentation   50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

construct an appropriate CV

demonstrate the basic skills of time management and team working

critically review their own performance

use computer-based tools to support university study

design and give a technical presentation

Brief description

All first year honours students on Business Information Technology take this module; it provides a forum in which all the students on that degree are taught together as a single group.
The module covers material which is not addressed elsewhere in specific modules but which is essential in order to gain a more complete appreciation of the field as a whole.
Personal transferable skills are an important quality of any software engineer and form an important part of this module.
The pastoral and general tutorial system for students on Internet Computing schemes is administered through this module.


The module covers material to promote the development of students as professionals in their field. A range of personal transferable skills of general value are developed within the context of the software industry. The Careers Service give advice on preparation of CV's for purposes of securing a year in employment
The module provides pastoral and general tutoring together with a forum in which all such students are taught together as a single group.


1. Planning a Presentation - 1 Lecture
An introduction to the importance of structure, timing and content of presentations.

2. Producing a high quality a Curriculum Vitae - 1 Lecture
A presentation by the Careers Department

3. How to write Good English - 2 Lectures
An introduction to styles and techniques for writing good English.

4. Enhancing your University Experience - 1 Lecture
Maximising the benefit of Student Centred Learning.

5. Time Management - 1 Lecture
An analysis of how best to manage time to its maximum advantage.

6. Managing a group - 1 Lecture
How to work effectively as a team

7. Citation - 1 Lecture
Using existing material. Correct and appropriate citation practice. Plagiarism.

8. User Interface Issues - 1 Lecture
User centred design. Schneidermann's rules. Norman's principles.

9. Examination Technique - 1 Lecture
Standard rubrics. Use of time, planning. Question styles. Approach to second year study.

10. Tutorials - 10 Weeks
Each student will be required to prepare and deliver presentations and demonstrations on papers from the technical literature and particular aspects of software systems covered in the lectures.

Reading List

Recommended Text
John W. Davies Communication Skills. A Guide for Engineering and Applied Science students 2nd edition Prentice Hall Primo search Stella Cottrell (2003) The Study Skills Handbook 2 Palgrave Macmillan Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4