Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice and Information Assurance

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOC08701
Module leader: David Haynes
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics


Description of module content:

Students will undertake a minimum of 180 hours on an applied development project or be placed for a minimum of 180 hours within an appropriate organisation, where they will have the opportunity to apply their computing skills in order to reinforce the organisation’s existing practices. For students working with a supervisor within the University, they will develop a professional portfolio piece – such as a web app, mobile app or database. Within a company, emphasis will be placed upon the innovative development of appropriate professional portfolio piece that support the organisation’s outputs. Students working with a company will also have a supervisor from the academic team.

Part of the module is face to face, where students will reflect on the Information Assurance aspects of the module through evaluation and reflection. Students will be put into teams at the start of the module and these teams then work together on the many tasks that take place throughout the module. These groups will be allocated responsibility for researching topics, designing seminars and presenting those topics in assessed seminars. Topic include:
The ethical context of computer forensics and its practice
* Theory of professionals in organisations
* Security management, including:
* Systems and data security planning
* Risk analysis and contingency analysis
* Security management models, policies and practice
* Security audits and practices
* Personnel and security
* Team leadership, management and practices
* The legal framework
* Ethical issues in professional practice and their resolution
* Legal, moral and professional responsibilities of the Computer Cyber Security practitioner

The QAA benchmark statement for computing incorporates a wide range of activities including hardware, software, communication and, in more general terms, the application of those skills in practice. The specific range of computing-related cognitive abilities gained from this module will depend on the specifics of the project done by each student but in all cases will support “computing-related practical activities” as specified in the benchmark. In addition the student will enrich a range of “additional transferrable skills” as required by their projects.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1: Assess the development requirements of an organisation or derive requirements with a supervisor
LO2: Apply knowledge of current computing practice in a professional manner
LO3: Contribute effectively to an established professional computing domain
LO4: Execute the development requirements to a professional standard
LO5: Provide a rationale for the work conducted, reflecting on the project and its technological context
LO6: Consideration of professional issues and resolving them using skills in analysis, synthesis and decision-making.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: UK PARTNER
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Haynes
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The delivery is full time, face to face, within a UK Higher Apprenticeship scheme.
Part of the module is delivered using lectures/seminars, and this focuses on the
Information Assurance aspects of the module plus an introduction to the placement
aspects of the teaching experience. The face to face delivery is 7 hours per day for 5
days LO 6. The placement aspect should not be shorter than 4 full time weeks LO 1 to
LO 5.
The placement-based teaching takes the form of close supervision and these
supervision meetings will guide students to apply the skills and expertise gained during
their previous study. The aim of the module is to give students the experience of
professional practice while demonstrating good Information Assurance procedures LO
Students have regular supervision sessions with their academic supervisor. Additional
support will be provided as needed on an individual basis, this can take the form of
visits, additional supervision sessions, or directed study.

Formative Assessment:
Students will receive feedback on their logs and placement throughout the year LO1-5
They will discuss the seminar with local tutor before delivering LO6

Summative Assessment:
Seminar - to discuss professional, ethical and moral issues LO 6
Report - to review professional development through placement LO 1-5

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 145
Independent Learning Guided independent study 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 35
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 13 , WORDS= 3000
Discussion/Participation 30 6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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