Core Module Information
Module title: Group Project Preparation

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 0.00
ECTS credit value: 0

Module code: SOC09115
Module leader: Brian Davison
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science


Description of module content:

This module is intended to provide learning opportunities similar to those that you would get out on placement. This includes gaining experience of
• Project management
• Teamwork
• Technical documentation
• Client communications
• Critical reflection

Teams of around five people undertake a project typically for a real client. A list of available projects is provided in advance and students are encouraged to form teams to bid for the projects that they are most interested in. The client has the final choice of which team will be awarded a project.

A short series of lectures at the start of the module trimester introduces some fundamental topics to clarify the working arrangements. One member of each team is designated the project manager. Project managers meet with staff regularly in order to discuss issues either arising from the practical work of the project teams, or which are relevant to the stage of development of the projects. In addition, each team meets regularly with their project sponsor to report on progress and seek feedback and guidance on the conduct and direction of the project.

The teams are responsible for the day-to-day operation of their project. Assessment of the group as a whole focuses on the team's application of project management methods and on the level of technical achievement. The individual assessment examines your ability to rate your own skills against selected professional competencies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

This is to help prepare students for the Group Project

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Brian Davison
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Supporting lectures and workshops provide a grounding in relevant themes (LOs 1 and 3).
Groups have regular meeting with their project sponsor (a member of academic staff) who provide formative feedback on the progress of both project and learning. (LOs 1, 2 and 3)
The majority of the groupwork happens without supervision, usually in one of the campus meeting rooms at a time convenient to the group itself (LOs 1 and 2). Students are expected to take personal responsibility for applying knowledge gained from previous modules and for engaging with appropriate self-study where necessary (LO 2).
It is the responsibility of both supervisor and students to ensure that every learner is as active as possible, with the maximum of participation in the module. To this end, an element of peer assessment enables the team to modify the group mark according to the contribution of each team member.
To help develop skills in critical reflection, each student builds up a series of significant episodes from the project using the STARL structure (LO 3). This record of personal experience of the project forms the basis of the individual assessment.

Formative Assessment:
Weekly feedback is provided by the project sponsor.
A major checkpoint occurs in the middle of the project when each student selects what they consider to be their strongest STARL example to submit in the form of a short report. Formative feedback is provided by the project sponsor. The report can later be further edited by the student on the basis of feedback received and submitted as part of the individual assessment with two other STARL examples.

Summative Assessment:
Group summative assessment covers LOs 1 and 2. Project management is assessed on the basis of the initial project management information system (PMIS) and the final report. Technical achievement is assessed by the team's presentation.
Individual summative assessment addresses LO 3, and is based on a structured reflective report in which the student evaluates their own performance against a specified professional competency framework. The content of the report is based on selected episodes from the project described using the STARL structure.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 14
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 171
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 1 23 , WORDS= 1000
Report 25 1 34 , WORDS= 3000
Oral Presentation 25 2 35 HOURS= 00.20
Report 35 3 35 , WORDS= 1200
Component 1 subtotal: 65
Component 2 subtotal: 35
Module subtotal: 100

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