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COMP20920: Practical and Transferable Skills (2007-2008)

This is an archived syllabus from 2007-2008

Practical and Transferable Skills
Level: 2
Credit rating: 10
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Duration: 2 semesters
Lectures: 2 day Careers Workshop
Labs: Technical Essay, Group Presentation, Related Computer Science Laboratories
Course lecturer: not assignedAdditional staff: view all staff
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 0%
Coursework: 100%
Lab: 0%


This course unit combines practical work in the form of laboratory exercises from other course units, and additionally provides study and transferable skills including raising awareness of the recruitment process, careers, team working, and practice in writing essays and giving presentations.

Learning Outcomes

A student completing this course unit should:

Be able to manage their time in order to work to specified Deadlines. (D5)
Be able to work on a number of exercises simultaneously. (D5)
Be able to demonstrate their work effectively. (C3)
Be able to work effectively in groups. (D3)
Be able to seek help when necessary. (D4)
Be able to analyse and solve practical problems presented in the individual course units. (C5, C6)
Be able to produce an up-to date CV and covering letter tailored for a variety of career paths, showing an understanding of what selectors want from applicants, preparing effectively for interviews and other selection events, and by giving employers real evidence of key skills developed. (D8)

Assessment of Learning outcomes

75% of this course unit is formed from laboratory exercises associated with the other course units taken in the second year.

5% by monitored attendance at the workshop.

10% for technical essay (during reading week).

5% for group presentation (during 2nd year tutorials).

5% for participation in 2nd year tutorials.

Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes

C3, C5, C6, D3, D4, D5, D8


An introductory workshop

Focusing on the following areas: What employers look for when recruiting graduates/computer scientists; Strategies for finding a placement - role of WorkPlace; The job market and how to play it - creative jobsearch and networking; Making the best use of fairs, employer presentations and events; Planning and objective setting Preparing an application, the 4 Rs of marketing; Putting together an effective CV and covering letter; Application forms: standard, employer and online. Why employers use them, what they look for and how to do well at them; Interviews essential preparation, tackling difficult questions, making a positive impression; Different selection methods: psychometric tests, group exercises, presentations, technical tests, case studies; A session designed to help students in preparing for assessment centres and also for teamworking as part of their industrial placement and/or group projects as part of coursework: Theory of teamwork - Belbin; Practical team problem-solving. A session designed to help students to learn how to prepare, structure and deliver a formal presentation. NB this session will be timed to link into the assessed presentation that students are required to do in their second year. Students will be able to relate what they have learnt to the preparation and delivery of an effective presentation, when required, as part of their course/job selection process; Students will participate in a practical exercise/case-study.

A group presentation

Done in tutorial groups, based on material from COMP20341.

Tutorial material

Fortnightly, covering material from the associated Computer Science course units.

A technical essay

Done during reading week, being a precise and update on computer-science related magazine articles.

Reading List

2nd Year Laboratory Manual Semester 1: gives details of laboratories for the first semester course units, together with timetabling information. It also contains a detailed introduction to the laboratories and their management and a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.

2nd Year Laboratory Manual Semester 2: again gives details of laboratories for course units in the second semester, together with timetables. See also reading and support material for the individual course units.