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CSC8415 : Strategic Case Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tong Xin
  • Lecturer: Dr John Mace, Professor Aad van Moorsel, Dr Tejal Shah
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In this module students will need to work in groups to tackle case studies with respect to ethical, legal and social issues involved. This module is designed to challenge students’ ability to handle unexpected situations with working on workplace related cases. The students are expected to negotiate with internal and external stakeholders within an organization, write reports and deliver presentations directed at influential members in an organization. The case studies considered in this module will touch on a broad range of skills, knowledge and behaviours related digital and technology solutions specialists, informed by the current trends in industry and research. Groups will aim to include students from mixed technical and organisational backgrounds, to expose students to different perspectives on their approach.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover
•       Critiquing Case Studies
•       Self-reflection and the ability of critical thinking from the case studies. Discuss the fundamental principles and implications of Ethical, Legal and Social issues
•       Writing Business Reports
•       Applying persuasive writing skills with considering expects and benefits to different stakeholders. Applying negotiation skills
•       Demonstrating presentation skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00Off campus, apprentices will prepare their assessments; presentations/report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion137:0037:00Individual report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Group work on assessment completions
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading18:008:00A flipped classroom approach, apprentices will undertake research/activity individually as directed
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1001:00100:00Apply skills and knowledge in workplace
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Sessions dedicated to the Case Studies and practising communication skills
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity42:008:00Directed group work by apprentices without staff present e.g. group report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Scenario briefing and Q&A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will give students an opportunity to think beyond their technical focus by collaborating with other specialists to solve case studies. Students will need to research, apply their negotiation and persuasion skills, and produce a business plan, report, and presentation. Typically learners transfer their learnings into their own work place, and also requires students to work in small groups to ensure they have the opportunity to sample and prepare for cases that they might not already be exposed to in their workplace. They will need to reflect individually on the case, group work, and solution in comparison to their own experiences, and how this process might translate into their workplace.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M80Individual report on Case D 4,000 word report
Oral Examination2M20Group presentation on Case C, 20 minutes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The aim of this module is to help apprentices practice persuading and negotiating with different levels of stakeholders on how to respond to unexpected situation in the workplace based on their area of expertise. To do this they will work in mixed and non-mixed specialism groups to discuss cases from different professional perspectives as well as work together to practice presenting their recommendations to stakeholders (colleagues in the module) for buy-in and feedback. These formative activities are safe spaces to try new approaches within the university, before transferring learning into the workplace.

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