Module Catalogue 2022/23

CSC8704 : Advanced Topics in Smart Systems (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ken Pierce
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To develop understanding of topics in engineering of smart and urban systems, through case studies in modern systems including digital twins and cyber-physical systems. To discuss responses to the questions raised in other modules and to help students develop and critique responses to challenges in the changing urban environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Current and future challenges in the changing urban environment
Case studies present-day systems including digital twins and cyber-physical systems.
Overview of advanced topics related to systems engineering including human factors, machine learning and algorithmic fairness.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to describe and discuss:
- solutions to challenges in development of smart and urban systems
- social, professional and ethical issues associated with engineering of smart and urban systems
- specific approaches and challenges in smart systems topics

Intended Skill Outcomes

The ability to:
- Think critically and appraise claims about proposed future systems
- To evaluate critically a range of sources
- To write / present material for different audiences (non-expert, lay audience)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Completion of research paper
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Core material and guest lectures (Present-in-Person)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Developing/responding to big questions and challenges (Present-in-Person)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion80:304:00Videos including interviews with industry experts.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion110:0010:00Blog posts and peer discussion
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will cover core material and develop knowledge in concepts, challenges and professional
issues. Workshops and online discussion will develop student thinking on their research topic and develop skills in critical thinking, communicating with different audiences and giving constructive feedback.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Paper on research topic (2500 words)
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMContribution to online discussion (600 words)
Prof skill assessmntMContribution to online discussion (600 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Contribution to online discussion develops skills in communication; the reflective log continues
engagement with the programme and cohort during semester 2


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.