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CSC8013 : Professional skills and Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephen Riddle
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module will introduce the wider industrial context of software development and the skills required in a modern work environment. Students will reflect on the skills they have gained to date and understand the day-to-day roles typically carried out by computer professionals. Content will be informed by guest talks from industry professionals and opportunities to develop skills in a range of employer assessment activities.
The module will also prepare students to undertake a dissertation or research project, and appraise students of relevant research methods for a Masters dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

An introduction to the legal, social, ethical and professional aspects of being a software developer. Self-assessment of skills and planning your own professional development.
Presentation of achievements in a professional online portfolio. Undertaking a literature review.
Qualitative and quantitative research methods. Online and offline data gathering methods.
Writing up.
Research as a career.
Guest lectures and workshops.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Lectures in person, or online if not possible.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Lecture recordings, released over 3 weeks
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Guest seminars held as PiP or online if not possible
Guided Independent StudyProject work144:0044:00Portfolio c/w
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Skills workshops held in person or online as needed
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
Skills development workshops and employer talks, delivered synchronously, give further context and real-world examples for reinforcement. Offline recordings will be made available.

This is a practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for distinction marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Portfolio and commentary summarising skills gained, self assessment & research into an employer, up to 5 pages
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MPreparation of a CV for technical roles
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Self-assessment of skills and knowledge via a portfolio so that students develop the ability to think critically about their own achievements. This is a practical, ongoing activity that is completed throughout the module.

Reading Lists