COMP10120: First Year Team Project (2011-2012)
The main aim of this course-unit is to develop various non-technical skills, within a context that students will find relevant and engaging: a project to create a web-based application. These skills will help students to succeed both during their time at University and, more importantly, in their future working life.
Although there are lectures, they do not directly cover topics such as how to build a web-based application. Instead, students are encouraged to assess their own knowledge and decide what extra information they need and how they will obtain it (Inquiry Based Learning).
The various events and deliverables within the project are chosen to widen the student's range of experiences and capabilities - for example, group working, self- and peer- learning, setting goals and managing progress towards them, innovation and design - whilst being carefully phased and managed so that students can cope with each new step. In particular, each group of 5 or 6 students has a tutor/facilitator who they meet each week, and who carefully guides them at the beginning, but gives them as much freedom and control as they need later on, tailoring the course-unit to individual needs.
Students who successfully complete this course-unit will:
- professional/ethical issues/behaviour/skills
"Be able to better understand the difference between what is ethical and what is legal"
"Be aware of the requirements for professionalism in respect of the work of the professional societies and their codes of conduct and practice."
- legal issues
"Have a basic knowledge of relevant legal issues, such as contracts, IPR, and computer mis-use"
- group working - interaction with peers, respect for others, responsibility, roles, conduct of meetings, peer learning, group dynamics
"Have improved knowledge and some experience of group working"
- project management - version control
- self management - time management, setting and attaining goals, independence from "superiors" (e.g. lecturers), independent learning
- communication skills - formal written + oral, informal group working
"Have acquired presentation skills"
- intellectual/cognitive development
- life-long learning
"Be aware of some of the potential problems of managing large IT projects"
Assessment of Learning outcomesThere are deliverables for each phase. Some are assessed marked by staff, some are assessed informally by your tutor or by your peers. There are also marked labs, running in parallel with other activities in the first semester, intended to help you learn some of the skills you will need in the rest of the course-unit.
Phase 0: Introduction
(0Au): Group audit
(0MG): Group management guidelines
Phase 1: Professional Issues - Software Patents
Phase 2: Professional Issues - Ethics
(2Et): Group ethical guidelines
(2Re): Individual report
Phase 3: World-Wide What?
(3Pr): Group presentation
(3Po): Group poster
(3Re): Individual report
Phase 4: Building a Web Application
(4Pr): Group presentation
(4Sh): Group showcase
(4Re): Individual report
(Tut): Student's participation is also assessed in each tutorial.
(Lab): First semester practical exercises
Learning outcomes are assessed as follows:
0Au 0MG 1De 2Et 2Re 3Pr 3Po 3Re 4Pr 4Sh 4Re Tut Lab
Eth - - - Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y - -
Leg - - Y - - Y Y Y Y Y Y - -
Group Y Y - - - - - - Y - Y Y Y
ProjMan - - - - - Y Y Y Y - Y Y Y
Oral C - - Y - - Y Y - Y Y - Y Y
Written Y Y - - Y - Y Y - - Y - Y
Inn - - - - - Y Y - Y Y - - -
Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes?
Phase 0: Introduction [registration week]
Phase 1: Professional Issues - Software Patents [2 weeks]
Phase 2: Professional Issues - Ethics [3 weeks + reading week]
Phase 3: World-Wide What? [6 weeks]
Phase 4: Building a Web Application [11 weeks]
Students are expected to find and evaluate their own sources of information.