Module Identifier CI18010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark B Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mrs Janet H Hardy  
Co-Requisite CI12420 or CS12420  
Mutually Exclusive CS18010 , Normally only available to level 1 students on the scheme "Internet Computing"  
Course delivery Lecture   10 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Presentations - A3 individual (25%) and A4 group (25%) In-Course Assessment:  50%
Semester Assessment A1 Contribution to tutorials Course Work:  25%
Semester Assessment A2 CV Course Work:  25%
Supplementary Exam similar pattern   
Further details  

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module the student should:

Brief description

All first year honours students on the Internet Computing schemes 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 Lists

** Recommended Text
John W. Davies Communication Skills. A Guide for Engineering and Applied Science students 2nd edition. Prentice Hall ISBN 0-130-88294-1
Stella Cottrell (2003) The Study Skills Handbook 2. Palgrave Macmillan 1-4039-1135-5


This module is at CQFW Level 4