- Dr Dirk Sudholt (Senior Lecturer - University of Sheffield)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||10 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Lecture||10 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written exam||70%|
|Semester Assessment||Poster providing details of major project progress||10%|
|Semester Assessment||Job application: up to 4 pages||20%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Exam||70%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Note - Students must resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.||30%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically assess the annual report and accounts of a small computing company.
Apply relevant computing-related legislation and professional codes of conduct to day-to-day situations that arise in business, and evaluate risks associated with those situations.
Explain their five year career plan and know what steps need to be taken to achieve it.
Assess the type of work done by a computer company and infer the types of career opportunities and challenges available within that company.
Evaluate the management implications for a company of issues in diversity and equality, health and safety, green IT, security management and human resources.
Communicate succinctly to higher management the progress made on a computing project.
The purpose of this module is to present material in the key areas of professionalism and careers, finance, health and safety, environmental concerns, law and intellectual property in a unified fashion, in the context of the software industry. Some introductory material of this kind is taught at appropriate points in other modules at lower levels. This module brings all of that material together at an appropriate level for a graduate entering the software industry.
This module addresses many of the non-technical issues that are vital for students intending to pursue a professional career in the software industry. The subjects covered in this module will enable students to understand many of the issues that will arise as they pursue a career in computing. In particular, our degrees are accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and the kinds of topics that are addressed in this module are seen by the BCS as a necessary part of the education of any chartered IT professional.
Legal issues: Criminal v civil law. Computer Misuse, RIPA, Data protection and data privacy. IPR. Software contracts and licensing. 
Management issues: Structure of organisations, Management of Security, Management of Sustainability, Management of risk, Human Resources, 360 degree management, professionalism, the BCS, Equality and diversity. 
Business: Startups. Planning. Costing and pricing. Profit and loss. Marketing. 
Careers: Deciding on a career. Finding the right job for your career. Matching your skills to job adverts. Interviews - what to expect, how to answer tough questions, what to ask. Talks from representative companies in the software industry. 
Presentation: how to put a poster together. 
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Through financial material, assessed in exam|
|Communication||In all practical assignments|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||In job application and poster|
|Information Technology||Inherent to the subject.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Understanding of organisations important for career; Development of job application skills|
|Problem solving||In all practical assignments|
|Research skills||In Technical report|
|Subject Specific Skills||Not Applicable.|
|Team work||Not Applicable.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6